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HISPANIOLA & PUERTO RICO with JAMAICA & THE BAHAMAS

Sunday 29th March - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Pete Morris

Jamaican Tody - a classic Caribbean speciality (Eustace Barnes)

Jamaican Tody - a classic Caribbean speciality (Eustace Barnes)

A glorious mix of blue skies, verdant rainforests, thorny woodlands, lush marshes, red sandstone cliffs, mangroves and azure seas greeted us on each and every day as we toured through the Greater Antilles and Bahamas seeing all but one endemic on our way. Jamaica is truly a gem and staying at Marshall’s Pen a real pleasure with Jamaican Owls in the grounds and Red-billed Streamertails buzzing about. High above Kingston, Crested Quail Doves before breakfast followed by Blue Mountain Coffee takes some beating as does watching Black-billed Streamertails at a lek. The Dominican Republic was more demanding but gave us some great moments including La Selle Thrush, Hispaniolan Trogon and a singing White-fronted Quail Dove within the space of a few minutes of one another. Our forest camp gave us another White-fronted Quail Dove and Key West Quail Dove running about in front of us just before we found a Least Poorwill! An Ashy-faced Owl gave unbeatable views and our search for Ridgway’s Hawk was dramatically shortened when a female landed in an open tree in front of us. Puerto Rico is a truly American Experience providing car park birding at its best. The Elfin Woods Warbler and Puerto Rican Screech Owl car park experience was the best. The Bahamas provided a fine end to the tour, far exceeding our expectations. The Bahaman Amazons screeching all around us and Bahaman Orioles in the hotel grounds along with more Key West Quail Doves and the gigantic Great Lizard Cuckoo made for a spectacular finale.

Palmchat is a much-wanted bird as it's now placed in its own family! (Eustace Barnes)

Palmchat is a much-wanted bird as it's now placed in its own family! (Eustace Barnes)