and David's Excellent Adventure
A 20th Anniversary in Trinidad and Tobago
We spent our 20th wedding anniversary visiting
the islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in the West
Indies. We stayed at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad
and at the Blue Waters Inn on Tobago. Here are a few scenes from
A view of our cabin at Asa Wright
- we had a Tufted Coquette (hummingbird) feeding on the flowers
Here is the view from the veranda
of the main building at Asa Wright.
The various feeders just outside
the veranda can get quite active. The scene below includes Banaquits,
male and female White-lined Tanagers, male Green Honeycreepers,
and male and female Purple Honeycreepers.
At times the action can get very
intense. They have something of a Banaquit overpopulation situation.
We loved the honeycreepers. Check
out the bright yellow legs on the male Purple Honeycreepers!
The feeders also attract the large
and raucous Crested Oropendolas
and lots of hummingbirds, including
this White-necked Jacobin.
Trinidad has 60 species of bats
and the feeders attracted some of these too.
Spilled food under the feeders attracted
Other birds we saw on the Asa Wright
property included this Common Potoo, trying to mimic a dead branch
as a daytime roost
and these Oilbirds. Oilbirds are
the only nocturnal, fruit-eating birds in the world. They roost
and nest in caves. Very peculiar birds. This photo was taken using
One of the few snakes we saw was
this tree boa sleeping in a mangrove.
On Tobago, we stayed at the Blue
right on the beach at Batteaux Bay.
On the beach there were crabs like
this one cleaning out his burrow.
Aside from eating, swimming, and
snorkeling, we (of course) did some birding. The emblem of the
Inn is the Blue-crowned Motmot, a bird that is common on both
On one of our excursions, we got
great looks at a male Collared Trogon
and a Southern Lapwing.
Of course, there were plenty of
birds in the vicinity of the Inn, including Ruddy Turnstones running
around in the bar,
the Blue and Yellow Macaw that lives
on the property (sadly, extirpated in the wild),
and the noisy and plentiful Rufous-vented
We had a great time, saw over 140
species of birds, and returned happy and healthy and reasonably
relaxed. We can hardly wait to go back.
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