The Traveling Birder

Green Honeycreeper © Megan Crewe

Green Honeycreeper © Megan Crewe

Three weeks from today I’ll have the immense pleasure of waking up in beautiful Trinidad, where I’ll begin a 10-day birding adventure at the Asa Wright Nature Center. I’m going to celebrate my 20th anniversary with my sweetie, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than by enjoying the birds, native plants, butterflies, and other wildlife of this island country.

I’ve been so excited about this tour for many months now. I know our guide, Megan Crewe, from several wildlife garden tours in Cape May, NJ. She is an excellent birder and wonderful teacher, and I’m looking forward to learning from her birding  and naturalists expertise.

Megan Crewe works for Field Guides, one of the most respected birding tour companies in the world, so I know I’ll be in good hands!

As a birder and wildlife gardener, the idea of seeing some of “my” birds in their wintering habitats will be a welcome respite from the cold, as well as a wonderful way to learn more about the birds of a new place and the ecosystems that support them.

Tufted Coquette © Megan Crewe

Tufted Coquette © Megan Crewe

I love to visit other wildlife gardens to learn about different ecosystems, and the Asa Wright Nature Center is a restored coffee plantation that has created some wonderful wildlife gardens around the main buildings to attract the amazing birds that reside in the tropical rain forest of the Northern Range.

I’m told that you can see many different species of Hummingbirds and many other bird species while enjoying breakfast on the Veranda, including this Tufted Coquette:

Now that’s my kind of birding!

We’ll stay at Asa Wright Nature Center for 6 days and then travel to Trinidad for 5 more days, and stay at the Blue Waters Inn.

From the Blue Waters Inn we’ll travel by glass-bottomed boat out to the seabird nesting colony on Little Tobago, where Red-footed Boobies, Brown Boobies, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Red-tailed Tropicbirds, and other birds nest and have their young.

I’m spending my time right now studying the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago so that I will be able to identify as many of the 400 species of birds who reside here for at least part of the year as possible.

I want to enjoy my trip, and I really want to record as much of it as possible so that I can share it with you, but I want to be careful not to weigh myself down with too much equipment.

To that end, I’d like to travel with my iPad and not my laptop. The weight difference is significant, but I’ll need to be able to edit photos and write blog posts for this site, and also Beautiful Wildlife Garden and Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens while I’m gone, so that you can “virtually” accompany me in real time.

My photographer friend Marlene Hielema assures me that a photographer can successfully travel without a laptop using an iPad. So I’m going to study how she did it, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

I can’t wait to show you all the marvels of Trinidad and Tobago!

Update:

Learn more about Megan Crewe at Field Guides Birding Tours, and follow Field Guides on Facebook. Also see the triplist of the birds and other critters we got to see on this trip to Trinidad and Tobago.

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  1. [...] I was waking up to my first morning at Asa Wright Nature Center on the beautiful tropical island of Trinidad, and I was so excited to be starting my vacation on the veranda of this world-renowned birding hotspot. We had been planning this trip for months to celebrate our 20th anniversary with this grand birding adventure. [...]

  2. […] I was waking up to my first morning at Asa Wright Nature Center on the beautiful tropical island of Trinidad, and I was so excited to be starting my vacation on the veranda of this world-renowned birding hotspot. We had been planning this trip for months to celebrate our 20th anniversary with this grand birding adventure. […]

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