Sunday, November 25, 2012

BROWN NODDY


Never expected to see this one my side of the isand, seen everyday the first week then rare when weather changed.

BROWN BOOBY

Seen most days out to sea from hotel.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

GREY PLOVER-BLACK BELLIED PLOVER

Single birds seen most days around the creek. This is the American race Black Bellied Plover, probably a seperate species eventually. Tobago

AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER


Several passed throught the area the first week. Tobago

MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD


Very common over the island, 40-50 out to sea over our hotel daily, as the rains came they would fly off inland, over a thousand birds in the air around St Giles Island were they breed. At no point did any even attempt to land on the sea, they would flew into the mountain forests you could see then coming out at first light.

WHITE NECKED JACOBIN



Not easy to see away from sugar feeders at Hotels, we only saw one on the forest edge and a couple at Asa Wright in Trinidad, the best ones were at Adventure near Arnos Vale.

RUFOUS BREASTED HERMIT



Odd birds seen in forest and gardens best views on sugar feeders in hotels at Arnos Vale and Adventure, also seen on Trinidad at Asa Wright Centre.

COPPER RUMPED HUMMINGBIRD


Very common especially around hotels that had sugar water out, upto 30 birds at any one time.

YELLOW HEADED CARACARA





The site for this superb bird is in the south west of the island, so i was really pleased with finding this bird right outside our hotel, we also saw one distantly out to sea and three birds in to roost one evening at the end of a forest track near hotel. We also saw then on Trinidad were they are much more commoner

RUFOUS TAILED JACAMAR


A stunning bird looks like a cross between a Hummingbird and a Bee eater, seen in several areas but most days in forest across road, better pics of this awesome bird to come.

WHITE FRINGED ANTWREN

Cracking little bird, easy enough to find in forest across the road from hotel.

HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL

Upto four birds around the creek, we also saw the odd European Whimbrel and was lucky enough to get both birds side by side

TROPICAL MOCKINGBIRD


Common around hotel and open areas.

WHITE LINED TANAGER

Female, quite common in area, would come to bread below balcony. Tobago

PALM TANAGER



BLUE GREY TANAGER



More timid than Palm but common in area, when the sun gets on them the plumage was stunning, would come to balcony for Banana but snatch a bit and fly into trees.

WHITE WINGED SWALLOW


Five birds present along beach and creek throughout, they would sit on the net in front of us as we ate breakfast, as many as nine were on the creek somedays along with other Swallows and Martins.

SPECTACLED THRUSH


Common but quite shy, would come to bread below balcony but always snatched it and flew into tree.

SMOOTH BILLED ANI



Common at end of forest trail, find some cattle and you would find the Ani's.

RED CROWNED WOODPECKER


Two birds around the area, we found two palms in the forest that were frequently visited by these two, presumed to be breeding trees.

YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON


Seen most days on the creek.

TRICOLOURED HERON


Odd birds along the creek both ends of the beach.

LITTLE BLUE HERON



Both adults and Juveniles seen in creek along beach, present everyday.

BLUE BLACK GRASSQUIT

Very common in field and forest edge across road from hotel.