Monday, January 6, 2014

arrival at Calypso

We arrived here late dec 30 2013. Here are few recent pix.

This is Halcyon Bay, about 10 minutes walk along down the beach from Calypso.

A royal palm in the back garden

and a pink oleander.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The front porch overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

                           In a glade, orchids and bromeliads flower on the trees.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 2013: the oleanders are in bloom, here together with a royal palm (left) and the twisted trunk of a frangipani.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One of the lawns, may 2013. Most of the trees are Gumbo Limbos (Bursera semiruba), and the palm at front right is a buccaneer.

                       Another Rockery view, with a yellow hibiscus flower.

Delicate new leaves of a king sago (Cycas revoluta), may 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Here's an OLD (1960's) Eleuthera picture (not at Calypso), by the society photographer Slim Aarons. ( Well, it got censored! - obviously somebody is scanning the web for illegal posting even of old pictures; you can see the picture at this link: Not sure where the pool was located - possibly French Leave or the Potlatch Club. And here's a much more recent photo (today!) taken at the Rockery at Calypso.

The 2 striking orange bromeliads are Aechmea blanchetiana. The blue flower is plumbago. The central palm is a Pseudophenix sargentii. The pink flower is Bougainvillea, one can also see oleander, frangipani, ruellia etc.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Great Lizard Cuckoo Sighting

On Jamie's last full day on Eleuthera, he saw a white cheeked pintail and a pair of great lizard cuckoos here at Calypso. They were within a few feet of us, and as usual quite tame. The GLC gave us a very nice specimen of his almost human call. And at one point he caught and ate...  a lizard. Jamie agrees with me that this is a really unusual, fascinating bird. Then after this early morning success, he went up to Surfer's Beach (the wind has shifted offshore) and caught some nice, though rather small waves.

Here is his list for today. Note that "south pond refers to Calypso Pond (i.e. the pond south of our causeway) and north pond to the larger pond north of the causeway (not fully visible from Calypso).  Overall in 7 days he saw 61 different species, 15 of them new!

Comments:     Around calypso
23 species

Blue-winged Teal  50     mostly south pond.
White-cheeked Pintail  3
Lesser Scaup  3
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
White Ibis  1     This bird has been associating with glossy ibis for past week on south pond.
Glossy Ibis  1
American Coot  65     Mostly north pond
White-crowned Pigeon  3
Common Ground-Dove  1
Great Lizard-Cuckoo  2
Smooth-billed Ani  5
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Palm Warbler  4
Prairie Warbler  1
Bananaquit  1
Greater Antillean Bullfinch  1
Indigo Bunting  3

View this checklist online at

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jamie's list for today, almost all seen on or near the ponds around Calypso.

American Wigeon  15     Seen with scope at north side pond at Calypso,  have seen similar numbers past several days.
Blue-winged Teal  75     By far the most plentiful bird on trip so far.
Least Grebe  10     These birds are plentiful, and I was able to get some good shots.
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Great Egret  4     Mostly at ponds on Banks road north of settlement
Little Blue Heron  2     blue morph and white morph
Tricolored Heron  1
Green Heron  3
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1     Calypso in buttonwood
Glossy Ibis  1     This same bird has been in South pond Calypso 3 days straight.
Common Gallinule  4     Both ponds at Calypso
American Coot  50
Killdeer  10
Ruddy Turnstone  1     seen later at Double Bay
Rock Pigeon  2     In settlement - Palmetto point.
White-crowned Pigeon  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  3
Common Ground-Dove  2
Smooth-billed Ani  12
Bahama Woodstar  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Thick-billed Vireo  8     Extremely plentiful and tame. Probably more but this is best estimate as it seems these birds will follow a birder around.  Some would come within feet of me, responded to pishing.
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Bahama Yellowthroat  2     These seem to love the buttonwood around ponds.  Two birds is not high.
Palm Warbler  7     These can be seen anywhere on Eleuthera, see on beach, around ponds, in villages.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7     Seen numbers like this consistently for past several days.
Prairie Warbler  1
Bananaquit  8
Black-faced Grassquit  2
Greater Antillean Bullfinch  3
Indigo Bunting  2     Male still not fully blue but almost there.  Hangs out next to Woodstar.