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Tuesday 22nd March - Saturday 2nd April 2011
Mark Van Beirs
Magnificent mega close up views of a singing male Puerto Rican Nightjar, a pair of ultra rare Puerto Rican Parrots, colourful Hispaniolan Trogons, very cooperative Ashy-faced Owls, delightful La Selle Thrushes, obliging extraordinary scarce Ridgway’s Hawks, a perched up West Indian Whistling Duck, a smart Bay-breasted Cuckoo, a cute Antillean Piculet, handsome Golden Swallows, fabulous Hispaniolan Crossbills and an unusually showy Western Chat Tanager were some of the many highlights of our recent tour to the Caribbean islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Most of the many endemics of these lovely islands obliged beautifully and we also observed a great selection of the multi-island specialities. Waterbirds, waders and migratory parulids also featured heavily. Nights were often short in the Dominican Republic, but usually resulted in mega views of rare nocturnal critters. The famous Palmchat is the only member of a family which is endemic to Hispaniola and was obviously a major target and we also focused on getting to grips with three species of Tody, real cuties that belong to a small family endemic to the Greater Antilles. This tour covers Endemic Areas number 28 and 29 as defined by BirdLife International in “Endemic Bird Areas of the World”. A total of 160 species was recorded on the tour.