Lynn was up early to get the caffeine levels up before going swimming but that was thwarted a bit by the bug spray man coming round with clouds of insecticide. And then as she got to the sea a plane came over spraying along the beach. She hid under the towels beneath the parasols to avoid it.
We found out there was a very regular and cheap bus that runs along the main road on the north coast and stops at the various other hotels along the way. It also runs to near the western end of the adjacent island Cayo Guillermo. You can also get free passes from other linked hotels along the route enabling you to go out for the day and get lunch in another hotel without paying extra - good system. So our first stop was the Sercotel Club Cayo Guillermo just after the bridge onto the island. There was a small number of American Flamingos (we had expected more) but understand that huge numbers were killed in the devastating Hurricane Irma in 2017 but that numbers are now recovering. Once more there were several Seaside Dragonlet Erythrodiplax berenice and about ten Phaon Crescent Phyciodes phaon and a very freshly emerged Little Yellow Pyrisitia lisa female.
We then got the bus again to travel as far as it goes before turning round. Here there is a walkway to the beach where we saw De Villiers' Swallowtail Battus devilliers and Bahaman Swallowtail Heraclides andraemon.
We then returned to the Sol Melia Cayo Guillermo for a very pleasant lunch. But the undoubted highlight of the day on the island was this anole. It's called Anolis pumilus Cuban Spiny-plant Anole and is supposed to occur throughout the western third of Cuba. It is just one of the 64 species of Anole that can be found in Cuba. We have only seen it once before near Santa Clara and there appears to be only one other picture on the internet other than the ones on this website so I'm guessing it must be pretty scarce. It was remarkably good at hiding itself and would disappear for five minutes at a time before I spotted it again. The pictures I got weren't that great so we did go back another day to get better ones.
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