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Birder’s Paradise in the Bahamas

By Linda Tancs

The flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas.  You can see 80,000 of them on Great Inagua Island at Inagua National Park, which houses one of the largest colonies of this graceful bird in the world.  Other resident exotic birds include parrots, pelicans, herons, egrets, and Bahama pintail ducks.  You might think that birding is the primary feature of Inagua.  Although delightful, the island’s main industry is salt.  Morton Salt produces about a million pounds of salt per year here—the second largest saline operation in North America.  Kind of gives new meaning to the term “salt of the earth.”



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