Monday, February 25, 2013

TOBAGO OCTOBER 2012

Just had two weeks on Tobago with a day trip to Trinidad visiting Asa Wright Centre,( not that good) and Coroni Swamp (awesome) I saw 135 species with 84 of them being new birds, lots leave Tobago though sept-oct and go to the mainland returning December onwards. Waders moved through in the first week and there were more Sea Birds, as in Larger Numbers the first week, the Weather became unsettled in the second week, with more rain, cloud, wind but still hot and Humid, We stayed at Turtle Beach but beware there's nothing to do the hotel was shocking, Good Beds but the food was poor the service even worse, and the bar shut before eleven most nights and we had all inclusive? if you go Pay the Extra and stay at Blue Waters the other end of the island. We did the rain forest walk, never again with the guides there they talk to much and miss to many birds, The boat trip out to Little Tobago most of the Sea Birds had gone, but we still saw loads, Buccoo Marsh overgrown hard to find and not worth going anymore, Grafton estate is the same and they never fed the birds the night we were there, Arnos Vale is not as good as Adventure right next to it, the hummers are better at Adventure we had 3 species out of season inches from your face.
Loads of pics to look through will put them on blog over the next few weeks as i sort through them.

BROWN BOOBY






And here it is the last picture from Tobago and the bird of the trip for me, was it worth the two and a half grand, i think so. Stunning views from a rocking boat. Would i ever go back to Tobago, NO hated every minute of the place, complete rip of, food, drink, Guides and Taxis Birding though is stunning just dont take the wife if she's not into birding.

WHITE TAILED NIGHTJAR




We searched for this bird everywere with no luck, then as we walked up the track on Little Tobago there it was sat in the open over footpath, amazing, sometimes birdings purley luck, right time right place.

WHITE FRINGED ANTWREN


TURTLE



Not looked this one up yet, surfaced as we sailed out of Blue Water Bay on way to Little Tobago, will look up its name.

TROPICAL MOCKINGBIRD






TRINIDAD MOTMOT








Stunning, could watch this bird all day every day.

YELLOW LEGGED THRUSH



Another Blackbird look alike on my list.

ROSEATE TERN







PALM TANAGER


BLUE GREY TANAGER

Most of these shots taken around our hotel in Tobago



Just a stunning looking bird, and not shy either.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Pair around the reserve this morning.

Pink Footed Goose

150 West over Boultham Mere Saturday 9th Feb

WHITE WINGED SWALLOW



Upto five birds on the volleyball net every single day, a cross between a Swallow and a House Martin.