Animals in Ixtapa, Mexico

“If you want to swim in the pool during the night but the lights in the pool are not on, don’t get into it. You’ll never know who are you swimming with…

Crocodiles… And let me tell you, they might not be as big as they have it in Africa, but anyway. Most of the big ones are, luckily, in a nearby sanctuary, fenced and protected from people (or vice versa). Β But some of them still live in a pond near the golf terrain, just across the street from where we were. As the innkeeper told us, during rainy season they come out and go wondering around. Some smaller ones already visited the pool in his property. Twice 😯
Other animals we’ve seen are far from dangerous, if we forget poisonous scorpions and some snakes, that is.

Tony “The Taxi Man” told me you can die if this one stings you…

So, as I said, most of them are just beautiful. Birds, for instance.

Roseate Spoonbill

Social Flycatcher


Great Egret

Great-tailed grackle. Even though it look like a crow, or even magpie, the way it communicates with other grackles is amazing, sounds it makes are so… tropical πŸ˜› But the way they nag people resemble them with magpies. Almost evil πŸ˜›
A lot of insects, of course, mosquitoes were feasting on me but it was all part of the experience. But some other ones are plain beautiful.

Antillean Red Darter

There will be some more posts about our trip to Ixtapa in next few days. When I find some more time, that is. In a meantime you can check on some other photographs here.

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12 Responses to Animals in Ixtapa, Mexico

  1. Words says:

    So that’s where you saw the curlew! Looks like a great trip. Those alligators look mean.

    • Darko says:

      They are crocodiles πŸ˜€ And they sometimes sneak out of the sanctuary and go directly to beach and swim in the ocean. Locals are apparently used to that but tourists freak out πŸ˜† I didn’t see that but I’ve seen some photographs on line πŸ˜€

  2. pam says:

    Love the bird photos, especially the Spoonbill, Egret and Curlew. There were a lot of Grackles in Phoenix, Arizona where I used to live. They are very annoying and aggressive. They will attack smaller birds in nests and knock the babies out. I really don’t like them, although they are a beautiful blue/black color.

    That dragonfly is gorgeous!

    There is a tv show I sometimes watch where the men will catch crocodiles when they are too close to humans. I think it is based in Florida. I don’t think I’d want to come in contact with even the smaller ones.

    • Darko says:

      The innkeeper told us that on rainy seasons, crocodiles get out of the ponds and follow the stream of water… and then end up in the middle of the street. Last time a big one stopped right in the middle of the street. People tried to honk and make it move away but it was too stubborn. Eventually, someone called firemen and they duct taped its mouth, put it on a truck and moved it to a sanctuary. Obviously, fire is not the only emergency they are trained to deal with πŸ™‚

  3. kimmzifoo says:

    Mmm, lovely photos, Darko!
    Gosh, that crocodile looks mean. i would not like to get near him 😦
    That flycatcher is so cute, and the grackle is really quite a beautiful bird.
    Absolutely amazing dragonfly picture too!

    • Darko says:

      I was pretty happy with a dragonfly photo. It never really let me come close, so I needed to do some tricks to be still and not scare him but be close enough for a good photo. It was my 5th attempt and the best at the moment πŸ™‚

  4. Furie says:

    I don’t much like birds. They insist on being called flocks in the plural when “shitstorm” is a more appropriate word.

    The rest of the animals are gorgeous though, and the photo of the Red Darter really stands out. Great shot.

    • Darko says:

      Well, what bothered me a little is that they tended to start singing at 6 in the morning. We kept the balcony door opened because of warm nights but then I needed to get out of the bed and close them, then turn on ventilator or air conditioning. And then I would get up at 7 because I couldn’t sleep anymore :irked: Not something you want to do when on vacation…


      • Furie says:

        Our home is something like that. Only, instead of birds, there are students in the flats across the road who are experiencing their first time away from their parents and therefore doing everything they think grown ups do, but what is actually things children want to do when not supervised.

        A shotgun fired out the window takes care of both nuisances, I find.

  5. Adele Brand says:

    Hmm, somehow I missed this post despite being subscribed to your blog πŸ˜•

    Wonderful shots, especially of the rosate spoonbill πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen a scorpion in the wild, and that one is very well disguised!

    • Darko says:

      I am sorry that we could not get a bit closer, but that refuge is fenced ( a lot of crocodiles and a lot of tourists usually don’t mix well πŸ˜€ ) I was having my old camera with me, didn’t want to risk anything with a new one, if you know what I mean. But then, if I don’t have it, what is it good for, right? Spoonbills are beautiful birds and unfortunately, I couldn’t get that subtle shade of pink in their feathers. In ten attempts, this one was the best I made.

      I was hoping to see a black scorpion but this one was impressive enough, too πŸ™‚

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