Yes, I’m winding down my trip report! What can I say, we did a lot the time we were there. You can probably guess, we don’t like sitting around too much!
Our last day with Roger started early-ish (7:30?). We had breakfast on a balcony and found out that Castara Bliss has it’s own habituated birds that visit you in the hopes of a hand out! Including the Blue crowned Mot-mot that we had worked so hard to see in wild. It’s always fun to have wild birds come close to you, but there really is something to be said for colorful tropical birds coming the deck railing for bread crumbs!
The itinerary for the day was a whirlwind tour of birding spots of the southwest portion of Tobago before Roger had to catch his flight. In some ways these are a little hard to describe, but if you are a birder, the areas we went are completely typical. They included a brief stop at Cuffie River Nature Retreat’s grounds, drainage ditches around Canaan, small bit of mangroves, fishing pier, a sewage lagoon, and Tobago Plantations (which was a swamp, but now is a development – although it looks like they are having uphill work beating nature back!).
I got to see a lot of new species of birds in these different areas, including some that are more difficult to see (just because of their behaviour). As well, Roger parked Scott at the hummingbird feeders at Cuffie River so he could practice shooting really zippy birds! We saw a few migrants, from North America, who were having a little tropical vacation themselves.
At one of the ditches, we also got to see Roger get super excited (and you may recall he’s an enthusiastic guy) because we happened upon a Glossy Ibis and a Little Egret standing side by side in the ditch. Which, for you non-birders is pretty fantastic. Both of these species of waders are considered occasional visitors to TnT, and to see them standing together is a (real) long shot. Roger was excited about the Little Egret, he was hoping it might be around but didn’t really expect it. The Little Egret is an “old-world” species (Africa, S Europe, S Asia, with one subspecies in Australia) that seems to be slowly expanding it’s range north and west. The Ibis flew off rather quickly, but the Egret allowed a few photos (it was very skittish and all shots were done using the car as a blind).
Then, suddenly, it was time for a quick lunch so that Roger could get us back to Castara and he could catch his plane. Of course, there’s no super highway direct route back, so we got to see even more gorgeous scenery.
We spent the last two days exploring Castara, which as i said is very small so this wasn’t onerous. Breakfast on the deck, wander up to the waterfall pool for a swim, more birding and photography, walk some of the hilly streets, try out most of the cafes, live music night with dinner, laze around the beach and swim in the ocean, and enjoy a fantastic steel band on our last night!
But, now it’s time to say good-bye to Castara and TnT!
Until next time,