Like many small islands, Grand Cayman wildlife is based on what could get here across the ocean. Birds obviously, and there are lots of them, fishes (of course) they can swim, reptiles (how did they manage?), and insects, who seem able to get everywhere without trying.
This page is devoted to photos so, again, there won't be too many words, just enough to introduce the pictures.
I'm starting with this cheerful Yellow Warbler that came to beg food from us at Barkers National Park. His persistence was endearing until we wanted to drive away and he clung onto the door mirror at great risk to life and wing.
Obviously the local people have been trained well by this fella and he was determined to train us too.
I love Frigate Birds. Until we went to Grand Cayman, I'd never seen one in real life but on our first drive, from the airport to the hotel, we saw them cruising high above the beaches all along the way and I was hooked. Their angular silhouette and swooping flight looks like something from the dinosaur age. I now have more photos of frigate birds than anyone could possibly need -- or want. The link takes you to just some of them!
Another group of angular birds on Grand Cayman are the Herons and Egrets.
You can learn a lot about a place by its roadkill. On Grand Cayman the most common animals lying on the road are chickens, they obviously went native centuries ago, and lizards -- of all shapes and sizes.
For those who aren't as keen on lizards as I am, I'll change things up a little and introduce a softer, gentler kind of Grand Cayman wildlife, butterflies, see our Activities page for an extra helping.
Grand Cayman wildlife is everywhere on the island but walking the Nature Trails or taking one of the self-guided tours makes it really easy -- and knowing there's nothing dangerous on the island makes for a comfortable walk.
As I said earlier, islands often have unique wildlife and one group of islands that certainly does is New Zealand. If you're thinking of a trip there, or even if you're just dreaming, here's a great site to sample New Zealand animals.
Here's another animal folks rarely warm too, unless its been thoroughly warmed and put on a plate that is, the crab.
More Birds -- Cast in order of Appearance: Ani, Bittern, Egret, Gallinule, Plovers, Warbler, and hard to see, but definitely there on the cow's back, the Cattle Egret.
Part of visiting any place is seeing the birds and animals that live there. They add a touch of exotica to even the most ordinary spots -- which Grand Cayman certainly isn't.
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