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Sunday 31st March - Friday 12th April 2013
Mark Van Beirs
The glorious, mysterious La Selle Thrush that posed so very, very well on its track in the remote mountains of the southwestern Dominican Republic was without a doubt the star bird of our latest Caribbean extravaganza. But other contenders for long living memories were the very rare Ridgway’s Hawks (a pair at their eyrie with two downy chicks), the delectable Elfin Woods Warblers, the fabulous Puerto Rican Screech Owls (emitting their haunting calls), the smart Puerto Rican Woodpeckers, the very showy Antillean Piculets, the lovely Ashy-faced Owl, ... We recorded all but one of the real Dominican Republic and Puerto Rican endemics and also saw a good selection of multi island specialities, waterbirds and migrant warblers. Two endemic Caribbean bird families attracted a lot of attention: the incredibly endearing Todies (Broad-billed, Narrow-billed and Puerto Rican) that all allowed spectacular, heart warming, eye-ball to eye-ball, experiences and the boisterous Palmchat, which is restricted to Hispaniola and was often to be found at their huge nests in the Royal Palms. This tour covers Endemic Areas number 28 and 29 as defined by BirdLife International in “Endemic Bird Areas of the World”. A total of 167 species was recorded on the tour.