Birds of Trinidad: Savanna and Grassland 1

This is the first Quick Guide highlighting Trinidad and Tobago’s common savanna and grassland bird species. It will deal with those species that frequent open grass fields, pastures, savannas and other similar environments. Red-breasted Blackbird (Local Name: Soldier Bird): This stunning member of the blackbird family is common in wet pastures and grassy fields. Male […]


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Noteworthy bird sightings: October & November 2011

The months of October and November proved to be very productive for birdwatchers with some extraordinary sightings coming out of Central and South Trinidad. On 15 October a flock of 14 White-faced Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) was found in the South Oropouche Lagoon. It is not known whether these birds were genuine visitors from the […]


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Noteworthy bird sightings: September 2011

An adult Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) was observed in South Trinidad on 9 September. This large member of the stork family was found feeding in a cattle pasture in Mon Desir, South Oropouche by A. Ramsaroop and T. Maharaj. The Jabiru is a rare visitor to wetlands in Trinidad and Tobago and was last reported in […]


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Unfamiliar faces 2011.08.31

It took me just about 15 minutes to drive to the South Oropouche Lagoon (SOL) on Independence Day. Birdwatchers and other naturalists occasionally visit from north Trinidad and even further afield from North America and Europe. For human beings such a journey might seem trivial, but for many non-human inhabitants the journeys which led them […]


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Noteworthy bird sightings: August 2011

A single Upland Sandpiper was flushed from a dry field in the South Oropouche Lagoon  on 31 August 2011. The Upland Sandpiper is a rare North American visitor. Unlike other sandpipers, the Upland Sandpiper is usually found away from water on dry land and is said to be fond of exposed perches such as fence-posts. […]


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We find the dam road 2011.06.30

The Inniss-Trinity Field Reservoir has always been a point of interest for me. Nestled in the Victoria Mayaro Reserve, the forest fringed reservoir lies to the north of Edward Trace, about 4.5 miles from Moruga. We have tried in the past to locate the dam via Edward Trace but never managed to find it on […]


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Noteworthy bird sightings: June 2011

An American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) was present at the Orange Valley mudflats in June. The single adult was seen roosting amongst the other shore birds on 19 June at dusk by N. Lallsingh. The bird was present on the following two days but disappeared thereafter. American Oystercatchers are considered to be rare visitors from North […]


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Noteworthy bird sightings: May 2011

In the month of May, two male Muscovy Ducks (Cairina moschata) were observed in the Icacos Swamp. A wild Muscovy Duck can be distinguished with care from a domesticated bird by the lack of white on its chests and underside. A wild male also has a distinctive crest and several red growths about its face, […]


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Birds of Trinidad: Marshland and Waterways 2

This is the second Quick Guide highlighting Trinidad and Tobago’s common wetland bird species. Like the first guide, it will deal with those species that frequent open marsh and river environments. Mangrove dwelling species will be dealt with separately. The species listed below can also be found in habitats that mimic their traditional wetland habitat […]


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Carnival takes flight 2010.03.30

Colour! Energy! Movement! Excitement! These are all words that describe the yearly Carnival festival for which Trinidad and Tobago is well known. But they can also describe another well known feature of our country – our hummingbirds. So I suppose I was celebrating a different kind of Carnival when I took advantage of the day […]


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