Taking these pictures of Jamaica nearly did me in. I can tell you from first hand experience that hummingbirds are hyperactive, mongooses are a nervous explosion waiting to happen, and blackbirds are ornery and quite antisocial. The most cooperative of the lot were the crocodile and the yellow snake!
You'll notice that some of these animals are endemic to Jamaica, found here and nowhere else.
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|Tree Frog - this is almost his actual size
Cling-cling collecting grass for her nest
|Red-billed Doctor Bird - endemic to Jamaica. See his scissors tail?
|Pechary (Loggerhead Kingbird)
|Jamaican Woodpecker, endemic to Jamaica
|Donkeys, not such a common sight nowadays
|The American Crocodile, Crocodylus Acutus is the only species of crocodile found in Jamaica - protected species
|Jamaican Ground Iguana - endangered species
|Jamaican Boa or Yellow Snake - endemic to Jamaica, a protected species
|Mongoose - brought to Jamaica from India to rid the canefields of rats.
Animals are fascinating, but getting them to stay still... let's just say you'd have better luck getting a 2 year old to sit still during an hour long sermon. I've gained a new respect for wildlife photographers.
Still, although it was frustrating, I had fun taking these pictures. Most were taken at home, or close to home. The iguana, mongoose and yellow snake pictures were taken by my kids when they went to the zoo in Kingston. No, I don't keep a crocodile in my backyard!