e heard them before we could see them — m b c d
a goose-like honking drifted across the still s l n e
water from a distant bank of Guanaroca i t ba o
Lagoon, an isolated expanse of brackish i o r ksh
water near Cuba’s southern coast. Our local o as .
guide directed our small group of eight kayaks to
paddle another hundred yards before they came
into view — a flock of about 200 flamingos forming
a distinct rosy-pink line on the shore. We fell silent as
kayaks were steadied, paddles stilled and cameras focused.
Maybe it was a slight splash or a sudden movement
that set them off, but after 10 minutes of blissful
silence the entire flock took off in several horizontal
columns, winging gracefully over the water. Squawks
and honks grew louder as the flamingos passed just
yards in front of us — and then they were gone,
dissolved in the mist. The next sound was the delighted
laughter and chatter of my amazed companions.
By Eric Hiss