Photographer's Note

Wharf in Rio Lagartos. This is a town in the state of Yucatan, 230 km from Merida, the capital.
It is located at a lagoon, the Ria Lagartos, which is part of a natural reserve. This makes it an ideal place for birdwatching. This lagoon is part of the Petenes mangroves ecoregion, and has been designated as an internationally recognized Important Bird Area (IBA).
The creek where Francisco Hernández*s 1517 expedition tried to obtain water was named El Estero de los Lagartos, because of the many large alligators.

Lagarto means alligator.

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Additional Photos by Pedro Montes (Periko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 749 W: 131 N: 1190] (8073)
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