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Sunday 24th March - Sunday 31st March 2013
Mark Van Beirs
The smashing Red-billed Streamertail, that most delicious endemic hummingbird, together with the 29 other endemics made our all too short visit to sun-drenched Jamaica a real delight. Jamaica exudes an unique flavour, totally unlike most of the other Caribbean islands and is widely known for Bob Marley’s music, for James Bond’s early adventures (the real James Bond was the author of the first field guide to the Birds of the West Indies and a friend of Ian Fleming) and for its fiery rhum, expensive Blue Mountain coffee and dreadlocked rastafaris. Kingston is not a place to wander about by yourself, but elsewhere people were courteous or friendly. On our wanderings we visited a secluded private ranch, a large freshwater swamp, the famous Cockpit Country, the remote Portland Peninsula, the misty slopes of the Blue Mountains and the verdant John Crow Mountains. Next to the Jamaican specialities, we saw a good selection of multi island endemics, water and marsh birds and a nice smattering of wintering North American warblers. The minute Yellow-breasted Crake, the adorable Jamaican Tody, the sneaky Jamaican Blackbird, the secretive Crested Quail-Dove, the jaunty Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo and the charming Orangequit were the other highlights of our visit to this holiday island.