TRINIDAD: Tropical Bird Photography Workshop

Yellow Oriole in Trinidad. Photo © Roger Neckles

Yellow Oriole in Trinidad. Photo © Roger Neckles

 

Hands-on field instruction as well as short classroom sessions will help to build your photographic skills while surrounded by amazing forests filled with birds, butterflies and more!

Trinidad, only seven miles off the coast of Venezuala, contains an abundance of species found in northeastern South America. Tobago’s avifauna is more Caribbean in it’s makeup.

In Trinidad we’ll visit the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, a charming lodge located in a 2,000 acre tract of rainforest high in the Arima Valley of the island’s Northern Range. Visitors usually see more than 40 species of birds before breakfast.

Incredible birds, awesome accommodations and relaxing birding will surely combine to make this a trip of a lifetime!

This fantastic photo workshop will be led by Trinidad’s own top bird photographer, Roger Neckles!

 

Green Hermit in Trinidad

Green Hermit in Trinidad © Roger Neckles

  • Workshop Cost
  • Trip Length (number of days)

    9-days/8-nights

     

    2017/2018 Cost

    $3900 per person from Port of Spain, Trinidad

     

    Prices are per person double occupancy, from Port of Spain, Trinidad.

    If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $450.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost:

    All ground transportation from Port of Spain, Trinidad, local flights Trinidad/Tobago and boat travel. All accommodations. All meals from Dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure day. All entrance fees and guide fees. Tips for meal service.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost:

    International air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

     

  • Itinerary
  • ITINERARY

    DAY 1 Arrive/Asa Wright Nature Centre

    Arrive in Port of Spain (POS). Centre guides meet Transfer to Asa Wright Nature Centre, about an hour’s drive.

     

    Birding from the veranda of the Asa Wright Nature Centre is one of the world’s most invigorating ornithological experiences. Hummingbirds perch quietly at arm’s length and buzz past your face like fighter jets mid-dogfight. Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Tufted Coquette, Barred Antshrike, and both Purple and Green Honeycreeper are among the species seen at flowers, fresh fruits, and feeders below.

     

    DAY 2 - 5 Asa Wright Nature Centre

    Hands-on photo instruction will take place anytime we are in the field.

     

    Each day at Asa Wright will off fun photographic challenges as we learn more about capturing images of hummingbirds, orioles, motmots and so much more!

     

    A typical morning begins with the raucous calls of Crested Oropendola and a host of other exotic sounds. Pick a spot on the veranda and spy as many as 30 life birds before breakfast! Coffee and tea are available at 6AM.

     

    First arrivals to the feeders often include the endemic Trinidad Motmot, Cocoa and Spectacled Thrushes, White-lined, Blue-gray and Palm Tanagers, alongside the energetic Bananaquit. Busy feeders at eye level attract dazzling White-chested Emerald, Blue-chinned Sapphire, White-necked Jacobin and Copper-rumped Hummingbird.

     

    Mid-day we will discuss the mornings opportunities and learn what we can do to improve upon our images and technique.

     

    In the afternoons we may enjoy more opportunities at the feeders or explore elsewhere for Fork-tailed Palm-Swifts, Sulphury Flycatchers and Moriche Orioles. We may even come across White-faced Capuchin or Red Howler Monkeys!

     

    DAY 6 Flight to Tobago
    Today we will fly to Tobago and continue to our lodge at Cuffie River.

     

    DAY 7-8 Cuffie River Trails
    Today we enjoy a long hike along the entry road and on a trail above the lodge on the Cuffie River Trail exploring Tobago’s best mountain forests. We search for rare White-tailed Sabrewing, Black-backed Manakin, Yellow Legged Thrush, and other Tobago specialties including Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Ruby Topaz Hummingbird, Collared Trogon, Red-crowned Woodpecker, and White-fringed Antwren.

     

    DAY 9 Return to Port of Spain & Departure

    You return to Port of Spain in Trinidad to meet up with International flights; departures are timed accordingly.

  • Accommodations
  • ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTER
    Birding from the veranda of the Asa Wright Nature Centre is one of the world’s most invigorating ornithological experiences. Hummingbirds perch quietly at arm’s length and buzz past your face like fighter jets mid-dogfight. Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Tufted Coquette, Barred Antshrike, and both Purple and Green Honeycreeper are among the species seen at flowers, fresh fruits, and feeders below.