Life on the Salinas

Dawn on the salina

Black-necked stilt

The salinas are disused salt pans scattered over Grand Turk.  They used to contain a complicated system of lagoons and wind pumps that would move increasingly saline water around and eventually dry it completely so that the salt could be collected.  These are now all disused and there are limited remains of the retaining walls and very little left of the old wind pumps.

Tricoloured herons, snowy egrets and a stilt

The salinas are slowly being infilled and used for development but those that remain provide an excellent place to watch birds.  Flamingoes sit serenely with traffic, pedestrians and everyday town life only metres away.  Black-necked stilts wander slowly around the lagoons while other waders paddle on the shallower margins.  Tricoloured herons hunt calmly or, on occasion, seem to race around in small packs jabbing at anything they see.

Resting up on the salina

Sometimes the activity seems quite frantic but at other times the birds rest up on the small islands and banks just off from the shore.


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