Lake Nicaragua is huge. Even though it is only about 1/2 hour from the Pacific, it drains into the Atlantic, and there is a unique species of sharks that swim up the river to spawn in the lake, having adapted to both fresh and salt water. There is an cluster of small islands along the western shore near Grenada, formed by an exploding volcano. Some people live on the small islands.
The islands provide habitat for a variety of water fowl, such as this great snowy egret.
We spotted this colorful bird in the bushes along one of the waterways through the maze of islands and canals along the shore.
The birds, wildlife and plants of Nicaragua are similar to what we see near our condos in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, as the Nicaragua border is only about 2 hours away.
This tiger heron is named for the stripes on the back of his neck.