Trinidad & Tobago

2015 Trinidad & Tobago Tour Destinations

Trinidad and Tobago 11 DAY NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR 3/4-12, 2016
Arrival Details Arrival at the Piarco International Airport and connecting to a domestic flight to Tobago where we head north to the Blue Water Inn in Speyside.
Day 1 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date ? 1:30 P.M. Little Tobago Island Forest Island Hot, Windy
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
After settling into the Blue Waters Inn we’ll have lunch and and shortly after take a glass bottomed boat ride out to Little Tobago Island a 1 square kilometre offshore forested island 3km (1 1/2 miles) off Tobago’s northeastern coast,  It rises to a height of nearly 65 m (200 ft) above sea level.  Here we’ll focus our lenses on the breathtaking Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Boobies and Frigatebirds our main target species. Now and then Frigatebirds would attack the Red-billed Tropicbirds, grabbing them by the tail and keep it hostage until the Tropicbird regurgitates its meal upon which the Frigatebird releases it and plummets to catch the fish before it hits the water.  Other specie along our gradual steep assent are; White-tailed Nightjar, Scaly-naped Pigeon, Blue-crowned Motmot, Brown-crested Flycatcher,
Red-Billed Tropicbird
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Day 2 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 7:00 AM Main Ridge Mountain Rainforest Hot, Cool, Rainy
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
We take a drive up to The Main Ridge which is literally the backbone of the island, Cutting lengthways across two thirds of Tobago's surface. It encompasses 3958 hectares (9780 acres) of tropical rainforest specifically lower montane, lowland and xerophytic rainforest - and reaches a height of 604 metres. It receives the most amount of rainfall and a greater exposure to wind, making temperaturs very condusive to photographing some of the islands key note species such as the Collard Trogon, in my view the most Exotic species on Tobago, closely followed by the Blue-backed Manakin and Rufous-tailed Jacamar. Orange-wined Parrots disturb the peace in the early morning as they fly directly overhead, at eye level many other key note species can be seen such as the Rufous-brested Hermit Hummingbird, Golden-olive Woodpecker,  Red-legged Honeycreeper, Violaceous Euphinia
 Blue-backed Manakin
 

Day 3 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 7:00 AM Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve Rainforest and Urban habitat Hot, Cool Rainy
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
We drive to Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve, in the Southwestern end of the island and other stops along the way, in search of the Ruby Topaz, White-tailed Sabrewing (one of the rarest species of bird in the world) and Black-throated Mango, rufous-breasted Hermit, Black-throated Mango, White-necked Jacobin and Copper-rumped Hummingbirds, other species of birds at the centre inclued; Barred Antshrikes, Blue-crowned Motmot, Pale-vented Pigeon, Blue-gray Tanager, White-lined Tanager, White-tipped Dove Red-crowned Woodpecker, Cocoa Woodcreeper, House wren, Rufous-breasted wren.
 Black-throated Mango Hummingbird
 

Day 4 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 8:00 AM

Tobago Plantations Estate

Depart Tobago 16:25 PM

Arrive Trinidad 16:50 PM
Ponds and Grasslands Hot, Windy
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
We depart Blue Waters Inn for the Southern end of the island to Tobago Plantations in search of wetland and scrubland species, such as, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Masked Duck, Blue-winged Teal, White-checked Pintail, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Anhinga, Least Grebe  Osprey, Cocoi and Heron, green-rumped Parrotlet Purple and common Gallinule, and Wattled Jacana, before departing for Trinidad.
Trinidad is 50 miles long by about 37 miles wide, and dominated by the Northern Range, which rises to over 3,000 feet. This is where we will spend the next few adventure-filled days.
After settling into the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, a “Not-for-Profit” Trust established in 1967, by a group of naturalists and bird-watchers to “protect part of the Arima Valley in a natural state and to create a conservation and study area for the protection of wildlife and for the enjoyment of all.” It was one of the first nature centres to be established in the Caribbean.  we spend the afternoon relaxing at the veranda of the Centre familiarizing ourselves with some of the species well have many opportunities to photograph during our stay.
 Masked Duck
 
Day 5 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 6:00 AM

Morning Asa Wright Nature Centre

Evening Caroni Swamp
Rain Forest Humid, Rainy
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
We spend much of the day photographing many of the Rainforest flora and fauna to be found at the centre, such as Many of the Islands top ket note species, that include the famous and unique Bearded-Bellbird which is feature on the Asa Wright Logo, Chanel-billed Toucan, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Great-black and Common-black Hawks, Double-toothed Kite, White-Hawk, Crested Oropendola, Green and Purple Honeycreepers, White-necked Jacobin, copper-rumped, white-chested, Black-throated, Tufted Coquette, Blue-chinned Sapphire Hummingbirds, Turquoise, Bay-headed, Silver-beaked, Blue-grey Tanagers, Golden-headed, White-bearded Manakins,  Green-backed, Collared Trogon, plus Mammals and reptiles. in the Afternoon we head out to the world famous Caroni Swamp to shoot Trinidad’s national bird the Scarlet Ibis, one of the worlds top bird species, and certainly one of the most sought-after species by birdwatchers, Photographers and nature lovers, that come from all over the world to experience the breath-taking spectacle of thousands of Scarlet Ibis flying in to roost in the afternoon.
 Bearded Bellbird
 

Day 6 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 6:00 AM Asa Wright Centre... Aripo Livestock Centre Caroni Swamp Rain Forest Humid/Wet/Sunny
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
We head off to the Aripo Livestock Farm, for target species such as the Pinnated Bittern, Savannah Hawk, Green-rumped Parrotlets, Red-breasted Blackbirds, Squirrel Cuckoo and more, then we drive to Arena Forest for another much sought after species the Bat Falcon and if we’re lucky the White Hawk. Then back to the Caroni Swamp in search of the ultimate shot of the Scarlet Ibis.
 Bat Falcon
 

Day 7 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 7:00 AM Maracas Valley Urban Habitat
Hot, Cool
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
Today it’s all about the Hummingbirds. We will spend the whole day photographing Hummingbirds at a highly productive Hummingbird centre.
 White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
 
Day 8 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 7:00 AM Maracas Valley Urban Habitat Hot, Cool
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
Today it’s all about the Hummingbirds. We will spend the whole day photographing Hummingbirds at a highly productive Hummingbird centre.
 Tufted Coquette Hummingbird
 
Day 9 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date 7:00 AM Asa Wright Nature Centre,
Nariva Swamp or Caroni Swamp

Urban Habitat Mountain Rainforest

Mangrove Swamp

Hot, Cool, Rainy

 Hot, Windy

 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
We make an early morning hike to photograph the oilbird in one of the most accessible Oilbird caves in the Americas. Then after lunch we photograph some of the Centres primary target species, such as the Tufted Coquette Hummingbird, the Green and the Purple Honeycreepers We depart the Asa Wright Nature Centre and head off to the Nariva Swamp in search of Blue and Gold Macaws, Limpkins, Marshland species, If the Blue and Gold Macaws are not sighted in the days prior to this day, we will switch this tour for Caroni Swamp for some more opportunities to shoot the Scarlet Ibis.
 Blue and Yellow Macaw
 
Day 10 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date To be announced Grand Rivier Coast, Rainforest Hot, Cool, Windy
 Typical 
Fauna and Flora...
We depart the beautiful Asa Wright Nature Centre for Trinidad’s north coast as we head to the lush and picturesque village of Grand Rivierre in search of the rare and endemic- Trinidad Piping Guan “Pawi” there are said to be 70-200 left in the wild. Later we arrive at the Holiday Inn for your last night in Trinidad.
 Trinidad Piping Guan
 
Day 11 Start Time Locations Habitat/s Usual Climate/s
Date To Be Announced Piarco International Airport Airport Hot, Cool, Windy
 Departure Day Today we say goodbye to the beautiful, tropical island of Trinidad for our flight back home.

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  Roger Neckles Photography

  (868) 633-5614, (868) 477-2650

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Born in Trinidad and raised and schooled in London, England, Wildlife Photographer/Naturalist Roger Neckles is considered by many to be the Caribbean’s most prominent wildlife photographer. His award-winning works, recognized for their mastery of color, composition and perspective, have graced the pages of numerous international natural history books, magazines and archives, including premier publications such as National Geographic, Natural History, Audubon, Wild Bird, Birding, Birdwatchers Digest, Birders World and Caribbean Beat, to name a few.