Hummingbirds of Trinidad

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The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago may share equal billing in the dichotomous nation’s name, but Trinidad boasts the lion’s share of the land mass, population, and hummingbirds. Visitors to Trinidad can scarcely help encountering stunning hummers just about everywhere.

Haus Alpenz: The Scarlet Ibis – Trinidad Rum

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One of the first things most people think of when they think of Trinidad – perhaps after steel drums and calypso – is rum. The Scarlet Ibis is one of two national birds of the Republic Trinidad and Tobago , the other being the Rufous-vented Chachalaca.

What is the National Bird of Trinidad and Tobago?

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The title of this post is a trick question as Trinidad and Tobago actually has two national birds, one for each of the country’s namesake islands. Trinidad is represented by the Scarlet Ibis , a beauty of a bird, resplendent in its crimson hue.

The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago: Two Guides, One Book Review

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There were three profound questions my birding group discussed while we birded Trinidad and Tobago, back in December 2012: (1) How many Bananaquits could fit on a banana? (2) 3) What was the best guide to the birds of Trinidad and Tobago? My friend Ian had purchased Richard ffrench’s classic A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago just before we left, the third edition, hot off the presses. Both Mike and Corey have visited Trinidad and Tobago.

The Blackbird that is a Meadowlark – Red-breasted Blackbird in Trinidad

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However the Red-breasted Blackbird ended up with its appellation doesn’t matter as much as how great a bird it is, well worth a trip to Trinidad and Tobago to see. It was on the island of Trinidad, at the Aripo Agricultural Research Station, where all of these photographs were taken. If you are in Trinidad and are a birder you should definitely make a stop. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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Tinidad and Tobago offers 480 bird species, including the endemic Trinidad Piping-Guan (at Morne Bleu), Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge with its veranda feeders and the colony of oilbirds nearby, Caroni and Nariva swamps, etc. The Species per Square Mile Approach.

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Critically Endangered Sea Turtle Eggs Destroyed By Bulldozer In Trinidad

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However, after a recent event killed thousands of hatchlings on the island of Trinidad, conservationists fear it could impact the species overall and put even greater odds against survival.

Iguanas Love Roti!

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Hidden away in that boatyard is an amazingly good spot to buy roti, which rivaled doubles as my favorite food that I sampled while in Trinidad and Tobago. This happened in Trinidad and Guyana in the urban areas to make it easier and faster to eat the items, as the individuals’ hands would not get as dirty. In Trinidad and Tobago, various wrapped “roti” are served, including chicken, conch, beef, and vegetable. Reptiles Lizards Trinidad and Tobago

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The Caroni Swamp Scarlet Ibis Show

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If you are a birder and you visit Trinidad and Tobago you must go to the Caroni Swamp. If you visit Trinidad and Tobago you must visit Caroni Swamp. Just south of Port of Spain on the west coast of Trinidad, the Caroni Swamp is easily accessible and well serviced by tour companies that will take you out into the mangroves safely and efficiently. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

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(Humming) Bird (Nest) on a Wire

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Such was the situation on Saturday morning in Trinidad when Mukesh Ramdass, who was guiding me for the day, suddenly pulled over and told me it was my lucky day. Mukesh informed me that this particular nest had been used previously and also let me know that hummingbird nests are often reused in Trinidad. There is much more to come from my amazing five days in Trinidad and Tobago so make sure to stop back soon for more. It is not every day that you get to see a hummingbird.

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Getting the Guan (Pawi Edition)

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The island paradise of Trinidad boasts three bands of mountains running east to west. Tanagers in Trinidad are a real treat, especially when crackers like Turquoise , Speckled , Bay-headed , and Swallow turn up with the usual Palm , Blue-gray , and White-lined.

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White-necked Jacobin at Asa Wright Nature Center

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Of course, the birds in this post were all photographed at the Asa Wright Nature Center on Trinidad which, with Tobago, is as far into the Caribbean as you are likely to find them. My visit to Trinidad and Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company but the views expressed in the blog posts regarding the trip are my own. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

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Eco Chick Escapes To: Adventure Trinidad!

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It was a not-so-great Monday, and I was doing an inward gripe about my life, when all of a sudden it turned into the best Monday EVER, when I got an email from a friend asking if I’d like to tag along on a trip to Trinidad to explore the country’s adventure offering for women.

Birds at the Bacolet Beach Club Hotel

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That is why on my trip to Trinidad and Tobago I was up early before the other participants and birding whatever area was available to me. Whether it was the dirt common Spectacled Thrush (which are a pretty cool bird even if they are everywhere in Trinidad and Tobago) or the spectacular Trinidad Motmot , there was always at least one bird in view or in earshot at the Bacolet Beach Club Hotel. Trips Bacolet Beach Club Trinidad and Tobago

Large-billed Terns at the Trincity Sewage Ponds

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The Trincity Sewage Ponds in Trinidad and Tobago are no exception. My visit to the best sewage ponds for birding on the island of Trinidad was on 19 July 2013. My visit to Trinidad and Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company but the views expressed in the blog posts regarding the trip are my own. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

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Awesome Birding at Aripo Savannah

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Such was my introduction to Aripo Savannah in Trinidad. My first morning in Trinidad was dedicated to discovering the myriad wonders of Asa Wright Nature Centre. Fortunately, we weren’t far at all from a mandatory stop on any Trinidad & Tobago nature tour.

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Asa Wright? Absolutely!

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Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad holds a prominent position on that list of luminaries. The dichotomous republic of Trinidad and Tobago may be something of a cipher to anyone unfamiliar with the point where the Caribbean ends and South America begins.

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Birding the Gilpin Trace, Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago

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More interesting to the non-birders were the Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Trinidad Motmots that we saw, though they did stay rather distant. My visit to Trinidad and Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company but the views expressed in the blog posts regarding the trip are my own. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

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New Field Guide: Central America

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Notice that had I not used the Oxford Comma there, you’d be thinking “Costa Rica and Panama” was a country like Trinidad and Tobago. Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama make up Central America.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2012)

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However, I spotted that egregious invasive while in Miami during a layover fro Trinidad and Tobago. Happy belated Father’s Day to everyone who observed it this weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2013?

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Corey continues to enjoy the good life as he tours Trinidad and Tobago in search of birds, rum, and adventure, roughly in that order. When the birds of summer grow stale, a birder’s fancy turns to leps and odes. If you don’t know what those terms mean, think about the most colorful and fascinating flying creatures that aren’t birds. Summer is sweet for dragonflies, butterflies, and moths, the last of which deserve your attention over the next seven or so days.

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What is the National Bird of Venezuela?

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The Venezuelan Troupial has a large range, and can be found in Venezuela (obviously), Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and a number of Caribbean Islands. I remember the very first time I saw the national bird of Venezuela.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Here are the results: 3 per cent of respondents (in no particular order): Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, Tanzania, Madagascar. I had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of June 2012?

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Only the luckiest of us see Oropendola nests when they look to the skies (Read about how you can make your own good luck by visiting Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad !) What is so rare as a day in June?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of June 2012?

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I’ll definitely be spending Father’s Day with Mason and Ivy since I’ve just returned from a week of intense birding in Trinidad and Tobago. A long list of countries choose to observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, an ideal time to celebrate dads being dads.

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Southern Lapwings and their Sexy Spurs

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If you haven’t been to Trinidad and Tobago, you’re missing out on a country that combines many of the best qualities of the Caribbean and South America.

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Endangered Species - Ocelot

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Photo linked to a very informative site.

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My 2013 Birding Year in Review (With My Top Ten Birding Moments!)

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I didn’t travel much this year, with a June family trip to California and Nevada and a four-day trip in July to Trinidad and Tobago being my only opportunities to get birds not in the northeastern United States. Really, my entire last day in Trinidad and Tobago should qualify here but I haven’t that full day up so the Red-breasted Blackbirds will stand in. Seriously, go to Trinidad and Tobago right now and see the ibis.

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part Two: Mr. Wilson the Plover

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I’d only ever seen Wilson’s Plover four times previously: once in Florida, once on Trinidad, and twice in Puerto Rico (though those last two sightings were probably of the same bird on different days).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2013)

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After all, he was in Trinidad until Saturday afternoon. Remember when Public Enemy proclaimed “Don’t Believe the Hype” to the masses? Wise counsel indeed, but sometimes hype deserves our trust. Summer presents the perfect opportunity for denizens of the Northern Hemisphere to make pilgrimages to attractions various and sundry, and more than a few of these famous locales deserve every bit of the hype they’ve garnered over the years.

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Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

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Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire) and that border is known as the Bond’s line. Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean.

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Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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Folks want to know what they can see, if it’s worth traveling to Trinidad and Tobago, if they should to to Ecuador for three days or three weeks, or if one should drive to Wisconsin to look for a vireo with white eyes or a blue head.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2013?

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Corey is prepping for a thrilling trip to Trinidad and Tobago. You don’t have to participate in Birding Rally Challenge in Northern Peru the to enjoy epic skies over the Andean rainforest, but if you do, you’re likely to also see millions of epic birds like Alfredo did! Those of us enjoying summer in the Northern Hemisphere know that summer usually but not always spells vacation, which usually but not always spells travel to exciting new locations.

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Florida’s Top Annual Pelagic Trips

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Finally, since Florida’s pelagic waters are relatively unexplored, there is always a high potential to see a state first such as a Trinidade Petrel – one can always hope! The period between May and September offer the best potential for an assortment of pelagic species (species which live most of their lives far from land) off the Atlantic coast of Florida.

Meijer Most Likely To.Photo Sweepstakes ends 9/8

Hug a Tree with Me

I thought they looked awesome; flexing their muscles in their tiny bathing suits and I am not really sure why; although, my obsession could of stemmed from the fact that we lived in Trinidad in the before cable days when we only had three channels to choose from. So when I was younger I wanted to be a female body builder when I grew up! Yep, for some reason I became a little obsessed with the idea of becoming a professional body builder.

I Love eBird and You Should Too!

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You can’t even see my visit to Trinidad and Tobago on this map but you definitely notice Kazakhstan !). As if eBird, the marvelous citizen science produced database of bird sightings, wasn’t awesome enough, you can now have an eBird profile that is viewable by other eBird users.

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Little Big Year Week 33: Yellowstone

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We are on our way to Colorado, and the famous Trinidad Lake area. Last week we were in the Teton Valley, getting ready to head over to Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. Things were getting much colder, and the threat of snowfall was looming.

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Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE among world’s top 10 wasters

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The rest of the top 10 offenders were Denmark, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and the United States, with Bahrain and Sweden listed in ninth and tenth place, respectively.

Ian Somerhalder to Host Planet Green’s “Blue August”

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Part of the Blue August programming includes his trip to Trinidad and Tobago to learn about the sea turtles’ life cycle and watch as a beach is transformed into a nesting ground for them.

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What is a Black Hawk?

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Lone Common Black Hawk photo by Mike Bergin in Caroni Swamp, Trinidad (rum punch supplied by Caligo Ventures ). In the last month or two, Americans and Canadians alike have been buzzing about Black Hawks.

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Where Stuff Comes From And Where It Goes

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Trinidad Hernandez from the Al Ittihad school for boys in Abu Dhabi invited me to speak with local Emirati students who are currently learning about environmental issues. photos courtesy of Trinidad Hernandez.

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Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

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In June 2012, I had the great fortune to visit Trinidad and Tobago in a group that included birder and artist Matthew Dodder. Matthew began birding (and drawing birds) as a boy in Boston, during the Great Blizzard of 1977.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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One field guide, seven countries. It actually makes a lot of sense, the geographic features of the isthmus between North America (including Mexico, because Mexico is part of North America) and South America cut across political lines, as do birds.

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