Saturday, January 26, 2013

BLUE BLACK GRASSQUIT

Quite common in fields around our area.

BLUE BACKED MANAKIN



Gilpin Trail, found by My Wife and not the soppy guide we paid

BANANAQUIT






BARRED ANTSHRIKE


Female, across the road from hotel.

BARRED ANTSHRIKE


Under my balcony feeding on fruit etc we put out.

GREAT NORTHERN DIVER




Ashbyville Lake Lincolnshire, its funny how a big bird can hide on a fairly small lake, but once it got into the corner under the overhanging scrub it was impossible to find, good bird though and eventually showed well.

TRINIDAD

We were picked up early morning by taxi, drove to Tobago Airport, twenty odd minute flight to Trinidad, then picked up again by a driver who took us up to Asa Wright Centre, over an hour, we arrived just before 9.00am, had a guided walk lots of Tea and Coffee then lunch, we birded from the balcony and along the approach road till 2.00pm, we then drove to Coroni Swamp over an hour, arriving in hellish rain, we eventually got on a boat and went up the swamp mostly under a great big plastic sheet we saw nothing as it hammered it down, eventually the rain stopped and we had stunning views of hundreds of Scarlet Ibis coming into roost it then got dark so we turned around our boatman stopped under a tree and showed us the Potoo (in the dark), we were then drove back to Airport caught the plane picked up in Tobago and taken back to hotel, all for £250 for two, a taxi and two hour walk along Gilpin cost £110 so the day trip to Trinidad was a real bargion.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

VIOLACEOUS EUPHONIA


This stunning little thing landed in a tree at head height as we left the balcony at Asa Wright.

SILVER BEAKED TANAGER



Not present on Tobago.

PALM TANAGER

Different sub-species to the Tobago birds.

SNOWY EGRET

Couple of hundred birds into roost at Coroni Swamp

SCARLET IBIS












Coming into roost at Coroni Swamp, there were hundreds, we counted over 1500 but there was probably over 2000 in the area, stunning sight shame it was dark and raining.

RINGED KINGFISHER


First bird we saw as we arrived at Coroni Swamp, then the heavens opened and we never saw another bird for an hour.

GOLDEN HEADED MANAKIN



Two species on Trinidad and one on Tobago, i managed to see all three.

WHITE NECKED JACOBIN


Seemed to be commoner on Tobago

WHITE CHESTED EMERALD








Asa Wright, this stunning addition to my Growing Hummer list is only on Trinidad.