Asa Wright Centre (Roy Atkins)
Asa Wright Centre (Roy Atkins)

“Standing on the Asa Wright veranda with coffee in hand as you watch hummingbirds, honeycreepers, euphonias and other wonderful birds is such a delightful way to start the day. As people got the hang of the regular species coming to the feeders, it became calmer too and a few days into the holiday we were enjoying the feeling of knowing the common ones and picking out the more unusual as and when they appeared, or scanning the forest for Bearded Bellbirds, Channel-billed Toucans and Orange-winged Parrots in the treetops and raptors, such as beautiful White Hawks and majestic Black Hawk-eagle soaring above the trees.

Channel-billed Toucan (Roy Atkins)
Channel-billed Toucan (Roy Atkins)
Black Hawk-eagle (Roy Atkins)
Black Hawk-eagle (Roy Atkins)

For most people this was their favourite place of the trip, but there are some truly magical moments and places away from the Centre too. Who could ever forget watching a massive Leatherback Turtle digging its egg chamber, laying eggs, then after disguising the entire area afterwards, going back into the sea. Or flocks of brilliant red Scarlet Ibis flying to roost at sunset, or the Oilbirds peering back from the dark of their cave, or dancing White-bearded Manakins, or the incredibly loud ‘clank’ of Bearded Bellbirds just above our heads.

Leatherback Turtle RA
Leatherback Turtle (Roy Atkins)
White-bearded Manakin (Roy Atkins)
White-bearded Manakins (Roy Atkins)

Tobago produced more wonderful sights, with Magnificent Frigatebirds, Red-billed Tropicbirds, nesting Brown and Red-footed Boobies, strange looking Common Potoos and a beautiful forest walk with Blue-backed Manakins, Trinidad Motmots and rare White-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbirds. We even visited the Pink Ice-Cream Shop – which really is pink!”

If you would like to join us next time we go to Trinidad and Tobago please email us or phone 01479 812498 and we shall keep you updated.

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