Salines de l’Aéroport

Salines de l’Aéroport is a large salt pond that surrounds the small airport at Grand Case. In the olden days, it was used for salt production. Today, it is severely polluted, but its mangrove and wetland areas are still full of birds. I took a rather muddy walk around it and found flocks of black-necked stilts and dowitchers. I also saw a snipe, a beautiful but very well camouflaged bird.

While walking along the fence that encloses the airport, I had an amusing encounter with an iguana. He was on the barren airport side, while I was outside at the edge of the mangroves. Being an iguana, he instinctively sought shelter in the mangroves. This meant his escape from me involved running directly at me and into the fence. Frustration ensued.

One Response to “Salines de l’Aéroport”

  1. Valerie Says:

    Like always very nice pictures.
    I like mush the Black-necked Stilts taking-off, and of course the iguana’s eye like Godzilla or Jurassic Park. Why the iguana seems to be white?