Guest Author - Malika Harricharan
Who ever said that you can�t enjoy two pleasures at the same time? If you enjoy visiting tropical islands like I do, what better way to bird watch as well. With all the different species that can be found in the tropics, the Caribbean is a great way to see some of them.
Trinidad. The Asa Wright Nature Center that is ten miles north of the town of Arima on Blanchisseuse Road. This place is situated in 200 acres of rain forest so you can walk around here and catch different bird species hiding amongst the trees. If you have the time, try to spend at least 2 to 3 days here so you can see as many species as possible as there are approximately 460.
Aruba. The Bubali Pond is on the north side of eagle beach. This isn�t a wildlife preserve but rather a pond that is kept wet all year round. You can expect to see brown pelicans here in large groups as well as the Black crowned Night Herons. It is best try and observe these birds near dusk and dawn.
Antigua and Barbuda. The Barbuda Frigate Bird Sanctuary is considered to be a secluded because the only way to get here is by boat. With an estimated 2500 birds, this is one of the most important breeding colonies of the species in the world.. The best time to visit is during the fall which happens to be the breeding season. Aside from them, you may also get to see 170 species of birds living together with them.
Jamaica. Visit the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary. Here, you will get to see 289 bird species of which 28 are endemic and 6 have just been introduced. There are also 10 bird species on the endangered list which includes the Black billed and Yellow billed parrots.
Visitors can pay the entrance fee and wonder on their own or pay extra for a guided tour. You will get to see hummingbirds, Red billed Streamertails, Jamaican Mango, Black and Yellow faced Grassquits as well as their relative the Orangequits. These can be hand fed so you don�t have to play hide and seek just to seem them hiding in the trees.
The places just mentioned are just a few you can visit while you are on a Caribbean cruise. Since your trip will most likely last a week or even longer, plan already where you want to go so more time can be spent with the birds rather than thinking about where you can see the birds.