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Is this an Abaco forum / newsgroup in the conventional sense? Not quite. We tried providing a classic forum at one point, then experimented with Twitter, but had little success. Running an interactive forum requires time, effort, and most of all, moderators -- something we did not have the resources for. If you are looking for a forum / message board dedicated to the Abacos, we suggest heading over to Abaco's Community Message Board or Abaco Forum.

Beyond a classic forum, we provide a stream of some of the news outlets we watch when it comes to Abaco. Our first choice is an Abaco Facebook Page hosted by the Abaconian which has been Abaco's newspaper of record since 1993.

Following the Abaconian's Facebook page is the news feed for Rolling Harbour Abaco hosted by The Delphi Club. This is an informative and enjoyable blog that covers the birds and other wildlife on Abaco Island.

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BIRDS, WILDLIFE & MORE ABACO, BAHAMAS

TAKING TERNS KISSING: AN ABACO ROMANCE

TAKING TERNS KISSING: AN ABACO ROMANCE There’s a time and a place for anthropomorphising animal behaviour in terms of human responses. Usually it’s best done with caution or not at all… I’m going to press ahead, though, with a romantic encounter between two Royal terns today at Sandy Point, Abaco. Ultimately, this appeared to be […]

Posted on 18 March 2019 | 7:08 pm

THE GOLD-RIMMED LUCAYAN FLORIDA BATTUS POLYDAMAS SWALLOWTAIL

THE GOLD-RIMMED LUCAYAN FLORIDA BATTUS POLYDAMAS SWALLOWTAIL The Polydamus ‘Gold-rimmed’ Swallowtail Battus polydamas is a familiar sight in the Bahamas. It’s known by all the names above, though not all at once to be fair. This is the medium-sized black-brown butterfly with gold accessories and a tasteful selection of red ornamental jewellery. It’s one that […]

Posted on 15 March 2019 | 2:47 pm

BAHAMA ORIOLE: HABITAT FIND FOR A RARE GEM

BAHAMA ORIOLE: HABITAT FIND FOR A RARE GEM c300 LEFT IN THE WORLD – AND ALL ON ANDROS The future of the gorgeous endemic Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi) hangs in the balance. IUCN Red Listed as ‘Critically Endangered’, the Oriole once lived on both Abaco and Andros. As recently as the 1990s, the species became extirpated […]

Posted on 12 March 2019 | 1:27 pm

IS THIS THE REAL LIFE? OR IS THIS JUST FANS AT SEA?

IS THIS THE REAL LIFE? OR IS THIS JUST FANS AT SEA? The waters of Abaco teem with myriads of fish that depend on the coral reefs for shelter and safety, for breeding, for growing up in, and for nourishment. Sea fans (or gorgonians, to use the technical name) are animals too. They may look […]

Posted on 7 March 2019 | 2:56 pm

GREEN HERON FISHING: GILPIN POND, ABACO, BAHAMAS

GREEN HERON FISHING GILPIN POND, ABACO, BAHAMAS The brackish pond at Gilpin Point near Crossing Rocks is generally a reliable place to find waterbirds. For those birding on South Abaco (in many respects, one big hotspot) Gilpin is definitely worth a visit at almost any time. Bear in mind it is (a) a longish private […]

Posted on 4 March 2019 | 10:42 am

ECHINODERMS, DOLLAR DOVES & PETRIFIED BISCUITS

ECHINODERMS, DOLLAR DOVES & PETRIFIED BISCUITS Echinoderms (Gr. ‘Hedgehog Skin’) comprise a large variety of sea creatures characterised (mostly) by radial symmetry. In a nutshell a creature with radial (as opposed to bilateral) symmetry can be divided into equal portions from the centre, like a cake. It has no left or right side and no definable […]

Posted on 27 February 2019 | 9:55 am

PILOT WHALES: “DIVIDED BY A COMMON SEA”

PILOT WHALES: “DIVIDED BY A COMMON SEA” You know the thing about Britain and the US being ‘two Nations divided by a common language’? Among the many august people credited with first coming up with this remark, the leading contenders are Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. Generally, Wilde seems to be considered […]

Posted on 25 February 2019 | 1:29 pm

BREADFRUIT: NATURE’S BOUNTY (WITH ADDED MUTINY)

BREADFRUIT: NATURE’S BOUNTY (WITH ADDED MUTINY) Capt. William Bligh achieved fame for all the wrong reasons. Despite a distinguished and wide-ranging seafaring career he is widely remembered for just two things: (1) The Bounty and (2) Mutiny On. In 1787, he was dispatched to Tahiti to collect specimens of BREADFRUIT (a fruit of the Pacific […]

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 8:31 am

WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRDS: EFFORTLESS ELEGANCE

WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRDS: EFFORTLESS ELEGANCE I am interrupting my intended sequence of posts (I try to plan ahead a bit…) to bring you some gorgeous white-tailed tropicbirds (Phaethon lepturus catesbyi) seen within the last week near the Low Place on Man-o-War Cay. There were 6 in the group, flying high, flying low, circling, dipping down, flirting  […]

Posted on 19 February 2019 | 3:39 pm

CUBAN PEWEE: ‘NATURE’S LEAST SCARY TYRANT’

CUBAN PEWEE: ‘NATURE’S LEAST SCARY TYRANT’ The small bird featured here is a CUBAN PEWEE Contopus caribaeus bahamensis (sometimes called the Crescent-eyed Pewee – see image for why this is so). It is without a doubt a tyrant. At barely 6″ long, it is the smallest tyrant you are likely to encounter in the Bahamas or indeed anywhere […]

Posted on 13 February 2019 | 12:27 pm

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