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A Birding & Nature Tour
in beautiful Caribbean Islands of
(ST. LUCIA, ST. VINCENT & DOMINICA)
- February 6, 2011
For Endemic & Specialty Birds
During our previous tours on these islands we've seen:
On St. Lucia: endemic birds such as the St. Lucia Parrot, Black Finch, Warbler, and Oriole.
And for specialties, such as the "St. Lucia Wren", and one of
the rarest birds in the world: the White-breasted Thrasher.
Vincent: the endemics, including the St. Vincent
and the Whistling Warbler. Specialties too.
On Dominica: the endemic & rare Imperial & Red-necked Parrots,
and some fine specialties such as:
Plumbeous Warbler, Blue-headed Hummingbird, & Forest Thrush.
Throughout: seabirds, including tropicbirds & others.
A Tour where Thrashers thrash
and Tremblers tremble,
with 6 members of the Thrasher family.
Brown Trembler on Dominica
A List of Birds & Other Nature of the Lesser Antilles
A Bird-List & Photo Gallery of Caribbean Birds, Part #1: Guineafowl to Hummingbirds
A Bird-List & Photo Gallery of Caribbean Birds, Part #2: Trogons to Buntings
Rare Birds of the Caribbean, Past & Present
Butterflies (with photos)
Photos of some Sea-life of the Caribbean during our Lesser Antilles Tours
Previous Lesser Antilles Tour Highlights
Tour Registration Form
Itinerary (prices follow):
Sat, Jan 29 Arrival in St. Lucia (at the Vigie Airport, near Castries). The first of our four overnights in pleasant, comfortable accommodations that will serve as our "home base" at the north end of the island near Castries.
The Lesser Antillean Island of St. Lucia
On the truly
beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia,
we'll see some quite special birds. All
of them have been seen during our previous 14 tours on the island.
The St. Lucia Parrot and the White-breasted Thrasher are the rarest.
The newly-split Gray Trembler one of the most interesting. Endemic to St. Lucia, it's one of 5 species in the thrasher-group occurring on this one island.
Other endemics include an oriole and a finch.
Very attractive hummingbirds occur including 2 species of caribs.
The rare "Saint Lucia Wren" (a form of the House Wren) has been seen during our tours.
We'll visit a superb forest reserve in the hills (the place for the parrot), as well as a nice lagoon for waders (where rarities such as Little Egret have occurred), and a coastal cliff where Red-billed Tropicbirds and some tropical pelagic species, such as boobies and 4 species of terns, can be seen.
Tue, Feb 1
flight, in the morning, from St. Lucia to the island of St.
Vincent, the southernmost island we'll
Birding on this island will be interesting as well, with species such as the St. Vincent Parrot, St. Vincent Solitaire, Whistling Warbler, and Lesser Antillean Tanager. Our first overnight on St. Vincent.
Wed, Feb 2
Birding and travel on St. Vincent,
with visits to the various habitats in order to
find the specialty birds. We'll visit the forest in the hills with the parrots,
and the Montreal Gardens, which can be a wonderful place for the birds that
favor fruits and flowers. The hummingbirds on the island (2 species of
and the Antillean Crested) are in that category. Another overnight on St. Vincent.
A female Antillean Crested Hummingbird
photographed during a previous FONT tour in the Lesser Antilles
Thu, Feb 3 A flight from St. Vincent to the island of Dominica, the last island we'll visit, and one of the most beautiful of all the Caribbean islands. It's a green island, with considerable forest cover. We'll be spending parts of 4 days and 3 nights on the island. Our birding on Dominica will begin as soon as we arrive on the island.
Fri, Feb 4
full-day on Dominica, not just a green
island, but one with spectacular peaks, ridges, and ravines. About half of the small island is over 1,000 feet
above sea level. As noted, there's forest. About three-fourths of the island is covered by
forest - the
most that still exists in the West Indies. Much of the forest is lush, either
categorized as "rain" or "cloud" forest.
In the forests pf Dominica, some special birds are to be found.
Among them: the rare Forest Thrush,
the localized Plumbeous Warbler,
the Rufous-throated Solitaire (with its beautiful song),
and 2 species of endemic parrots.
Dominica is the only island in the Caribbean where 2 species of Amazons occur: the Red-necked and the Imperial - the latter, the largest of the parrots in the Caribbean. Overnight on Dominica.
Sat, Feb 5
Another day of birding
on Dominica. We'll take a boat-trip offshore, along the western coast of the island. Birds
in that area, that we've seen during our previous tours, have included, White-tailed
Tropicbird, 2 species of boobies, a rather large number
of Pomarine Jaegers, and even Great Skua.
On the water, and below, there could be some interesting marine mammals, such as Great Sperm Whales and Dwarf Sperm Whales, Humpback Whales, the rarely-seen Fraser's Dolphin, and other dolphins. All of these we've seen during our previous trips.
Sun, Feb 6
Departure from Dominica for home.
US$ 2,295 per person based upon double-occupancy.
Single-supplement: US$ 315
Meals: breakfasts & lunches (except those on Jan 29 & Feb 6; and dinners throughout).
Ground transportation on the various islands.
Services of the guides.
Permits for entries to national forest land and restricted areas.
Does not include:
Meals on Jan 29 & Feb 6.
Drinks & any other items of a personal nature.
Air transportation to/from and between the islands.
(That cost for the Caribbean flights estimated to be about $US 295.)
Note: International flights to be into St. Lucia to begin the tour, and after the tour from Dominica.
Tour to be led by Armas
A deposit of US
$500 is required to reserve a place on the tour.