Trinidad Piping Guan
(Photographer: World Pheasant Association)
Almost all flights to Guyana go through Port of Spain in Trinidad so this is a perfect pre-trip extension to see the Islands two endemics – Trinidad Piping Guan and Trinidad Motmot as well as spending a night at the legendary Asa Wright Nature Centre – the oldest nature centre in the West Indies. A great start to the Guyana trip. If you want to arrive earlier and spend more days at Asa Wrights with their expert naturalist guides you can – just let us know!
Day 1: Most will arrive in Port of Spain from Miami or the UK and these flights get in early afternoon and Martyn will be waiting to escort you with his trusted bus and driver (Ivan the good!) to Gran Riviere and a small family run hotel right on the beach. A tasty dinner of Caribbean cuisine and a good night's sleep aided by the sound of the surf outside the bedroom window. D.
Day 2: Piping Guan quest along Monte Video Trace – we spend most of the morning here along this birdy track but the endemic Trinidad Piping Guan is our main target. Other possibilities include Short-tailed hawk, Bat Falcon, Orange-winged parrot, Band-rumped Swift, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Guianan Trogon, Silvered and White-bellied Antbird, Yellow-olive Flatbill, Violaceous Trogon and Turquoise Tanager. After lunch at the hotel by the beach, we plan an afternoon visit to the Caroni Swamp and boat trip to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles where 1000+ Scarlet Ibis come in to roost with other Heron and Ibis. On our boat ride through the mangroves we have our best chance at the hard to see Green-throated Mango. As dusk falls well head for the Asa Wright Nature Centre for the night and dinner on the balcony. B:L:D
Day 3: Morning and lunch at Asa Wright. The feeders are phenomenal and eben the endemic Trinidad Motmot comes in early. Coppery-rumped Hummers are common and others that assist are White-necked Jacobin, Blue-chinned Sapphire and White-chested Emerald. Bare-eyed Thrush is in the yard with the local Bannaquit, Tanagers and Honeycreepers. A walk along the extensive trails may produce Bearded Bellbird, Rufous-breasted Wren, Golden fronted Greenlet, White-flanked Antwren and Grey-throated Leaftosser. After lunch and a famous Asa Wright Rum Punch we head to the airport with a stop at a small park for Lilac-tailed Parrotlet and a short flight to Georgetown and the main tour.