ZEISS & BirdsCaribbean Partnership Tour
TRINIDAD Nature Journaling Workshop
2021 :: October 17 - October 23
From: $3,500 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Port of Spain, Trinidad (POS)
4 - 8 Participants
8 spaces available
PRIVATE TOUR OPTION
This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.
Highlights of TRINIDAD Nature Journaling Workshop
Description of TRINIDAD Nature Journaling Workshop
Enjoy hands-on instruction from artist Catherine Hamilton to build your nature journaling skills and photo instruction from Trinidad’s premier nature photographer, Roger Neckles, 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.
Our entire trip will be based at 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!
Length of Tour
Day 1 – Arrival at Port Of Spain / Asa Wright Nature Centre.
Days 2 through 6 – Hands-on Photography instruction at Asa Wright Nature Centre.
Day 7 – Return to Port Of Spain / Return Home.
Day 1 – Arrival/Asa Wright Nature Centre.
Arrive in Port of Spain (POS). Centre guides meet Transfer to Asa Wright Nature Centre, about an hour’s drive.
Photographing 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.
Days 2 through 6 – Asa Wright Nature Centre.
Hands-on photo instruction will take place anytime we are in the field.
Each day at Asa Wright will offer 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 6 a.m.
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 7 – Return to Port of Spain & Departure
You return to Port of Spain in Trinidad to meet up with International flights; departures are timed accordingly.
Cost is $3,500 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Port of Spain, Trinidad (Airport code POS.
This trip ends in Port of Spain, Trinidad (Airport code POS).
If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $450 will be assessed.
NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.
If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.
A $500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.
How to Book
In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.
For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.
For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.
NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.
ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE
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.
Activity Level Rating: 2 (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)
This is an easy trip, however, a couple of -optional- trails can be slippery and rocky as well as up and down.
Gear for Birding & Wildlife Viewing
• Good quality binoculars
• Spotting scopes are not typically needed as we will be photographing much of the time, unless you plan to do some digiscoping.
Photography Gear Recommendations
The best camera is the one you have with you! That said, we will help you get great photos no matter what camera you use.
This Photo Workshop is geared toward those using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, here is what we recommend that you bring:
• Bring at least 2 camera bodies – to reduce changing lenses and just in case of accidental damage to one
Recommended Lenses for Birds & Wildside
• 100-400mm (or equivalent) for birds in flight
• 500mm lens or longer for birds and wildlife
Recommended Lenses for Landscape Opportunities
• 24-105mm (or equivalent) for landscape and general purpose
• In addition you may also want to have an ultra-wide lens equivalent to about 16-35mm which may be used for fun landscapes and night sky photography.
Recommended Lenses for Macro (Bugs, Frogs, etc.)
• 100mm Macro is fine for general purpose macro photography
• 150mm Macro is best for small, quick moving subjects like frogs
Filters (Mainly for Landscape Photography)
• Polarizing Filter for removing reflections (screw in for wide-angle lenses)
• Filter Holder for 4×6″ (or similar) filters
• 2-stop Neutral Density Filter
• 8-stop (or more) Neutral Density Filter
• 2-stop Hard and/or Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter
• Tripod for long exposures, big lenses and steady video
• Flash for low light, fill light and stop action
• Better Beamer or MagMod flash extender
• Rain cover for camera
• Weather resistant Camera Bag (Backpack style is best)
• Batteries and chargers
• Lots of memory cards!
• Laptop or other downloading device
Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.
Detailed Trip Information
Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.
Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.
As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.
Passport & Visa
US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.
Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.
The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.