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November 13, 2012

St. Martin-An Island of Two Nations

Filed under: St. Martin — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
St. Martin

St. Martin

St. Martin/Sint Maarten is an island in the Caribbean shared by a French (St. Martin) and Dutch (Sint Maarten) dependencies. It is located in the Lesser Antilles, also known as the Leeward Islands or French West Indies.It is a lovely island for a holiday with many wonderful beaches.

Three Butterflies

One of my favorite places on the island was the Butterfly Farm. I had expected this to be a sad little tourist trap but it turned out to be a well run operation with a wonderful assortment of tropical butterflies and flowering plants. Well worth a few hours, especially to a photographer.

Butterfly Butterfly Butterfly Butterfly
Blue Morpho, Morpho peleides Zebra Longwing Zebra Longwing Zebra Longwing
Tree Nymphs Tree Nymphs Tree Nymphs The Flame
The Flame Scarlet Swallowtail One Spotted Prepona Malay Lacewing
Malay Lacewing Malay Lacewing Malachite Butterfly, Siproeta stelenes Malachite Butterfly, Siproeta stelenes
Emerald Swallowtait Emerald Swallowtait Butterfly Butterfly
Butterfly Butterfly


The island has only a few species of birds, but they are an interesting group. I found the following 28 species during our seven day holiday.

PELICANS
Brown Pelican

GANNETS
Brown Booby

FRIGATEBIRDS
Magnificent Frigatebird
HERONS
Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron
DUCKS
White-cheeked Pintail

RAILS AND COOTS
Common Moorhen

STILTS
Black-necked Stilt

PLOVERS
Wilson’s Plover

SANDPIPERS
Willett

GULLS
Laughing Gull
TERNS
Royal Tern

Least Tern

DOVES
Rock Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Zenaida Dove

White-winged Dove

Common Ground-Dove

FLYCATCHERS
Gray Kingbird
SWALLOWS
Caribbean Martin
THRASHERS
Pearly-eyed Thrasher

WARBLERS
Yellow Warbler

BANANAQUIT
Bananaquit

BUNTINGS
Black-faced Grassquit

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch

BLACKBIRDS
Carib Grackle




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