Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Trinidad & Tobago Birding Trip 2016

After months of planning, on August 1st, 2016 I (and my wife and two kids) was off to my very first birding trip to the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  I set for myself what I considered an easy goal of 100 new species.  I said easy because T&T has recorded over 400 species of birds and thanks to its varying habitats I figured 100 new species was attainable.  In preparation for the trip, I needed a field guide and I shortlisted two of them, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago, by Kenefick, Restall, Hayes (Helm Field Guides) and A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago ffrench.  After intensely reading the reviews (mainly this post by Donna Lynn Schulman for the website 10,000 Birds title “The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago: Two Guides, One Book Review”) Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. by Martyn Kenefick, Robin L. Restall, Floyd Hayes (Helm Field Guides) from Amazon.

My gear was made up of:

There was no room for tripod or a macro setup.

The flight got on its way at 9:05am and made one stop on the island of St. Vincent before arriving in Trinidad at 11:30am.  My birding started even before the airplane stopped.

The next few posts to follow will detail the day by day account of sightings and locations. My lifers are bolded in the day list that will be at the end of each post.  

So here we go…