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Birding at Saint Lucia’s Anse Chastanet

By: Tiffany Thornton

Anse Chastanet is a birder’s paradise

St Lucia is a birder paradise. The 27-mile-long Caribbean Island is home to 187 bird species including five endemics.

Along a windy rocky road past the historic seaside town of Soufriere leads you to a tropical oasis.

Anse Chastanet resort is a natural utopia. Even the open concept suites are named after the abundant flora found throughout the property.

Anse Chastanet Beach

Birds love Anse Chastanet and will happily greet you each morning with a cacophony of songs. You may even spot a few bullfinches flitting around your room looking for a taste of something fruity.

Acres of land are yours to explore at Anse Chastanet. So grab your camera, pack a pair of binoculars and get ready to embark on a fantastic birding adventure.

Birds at Anse Chastanet

St Lucian Pewee

St Lucian Pewee: St Lucia is the only place in the world where you can find this adorable little flycatcher. The Pewee bird is light brown with a golden hued breast.

Where to spot: The Pewee like to hang out in tropical dry woods perched on lower branches. They will generally fly back and forth in the same area searching for insects. Listen for a peet – peet type sound.

Mangrove Cuckoo

Mangrove Cuckoo: These colorful birds are native to the tropics. Their markings are rather distinct boasting a polka dotted elegant long tail, tanned belly and yellow eye ring.

Where to spot: The mangrove cuckoo are rather secretive birds. Little is known about their habits and behavior. Wake up extra early for a great chance of spotting one up high in the tree canopies.

Lesser Antillean Flycatcher

Lesser Antillean Flycatcher: These swift moving birds are brown, and white feathered with a lovely pale yellow chest.

Where to spot: The lesser Antillean flycatcher can be found in the dense woods at Anse Mamin foraging for insects. They tend to perch higher up on the trees, so be on the look out.

St Lucian Warbler

St Lucian Warbler: These bright yellow and gray winged fast flitting birds are endemic to the island.

Where to spot: The St Lucian warblers seem to spend a lot of time at Anse Chastanet in the wooded area behind the main beach. They are skittish, so try to camouflage yourself and move slowly to get a good look.

About The Author:

Tiffany Thornton is a travel seeker who loves capturing her world adventures through her photographs and stories.
Her travel articles and wildlife/nature photographs have been published in USA Today, Telegraph Journal, The Chronicle Herald, and many more.  Tiffany is a contributing writer on National Geographic’s book ‘Journeys home’.


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