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North America & The Caribbean

JAMAICA & BAHAMAS

Birding from the 'Island of Reggae' to the islands where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean

Saturday 27th March – Friday 2nd April 2021

Leaders: Pete Morris and local bird guides in Jamaica

7 Days Group Size Limit 8
The Bahamas

Friday 2nd April – Thursday 8th April 2021

7 Days Group Size Limit 8

Birdquest’s Jamaica birding tour combined with our Bahamas birding tour are a wonderful combination of some of the richest islands for endemic birds in the Caribbean region. As we explore some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, during our combined Jamaica birding tour and Bahamas birding tour, we will enjoy some excellent birdwatching, including many endemics and Caribbean specialities, as well as migrant species from North America.

There is something magical about the Caribbean Sea and its scattering of beautiful islands. These tropical wonderlands with their palm-fringed, pearly beaches and ultramarine waters, their wealth of tropical fruits, their swinging reggae and calypso music, their famously relaxed way of life and their attractive mixture of races and cultures conjure up an idea of paradise. Of course this happy vision is only part of what the islands are about, and an aspect of the Caribbean more available to wealthy locals and visitors from more developed lands: life is far from idyllic for many inhabitants of the Caribbean.

Columbus discovered these islands soon after his famous transatlantic crossing and in the early 1500s the Spanish, eager for slaves to work in the goldmines of Hispaniola, conquered the native Indians and colonized the whole region. Subsequently, buccaneers and pirates used the islands as bases for their pillaging forays. Later millions of slaves were imported from Africa and the resulting blend of different cultures has profoundly influenced the whole history of the West Indies.

Most of the Caribbean islands are rugged and mountainous, but encompass a breathtaking variety of terrain, fringed by white sandy beaches meeting the turquoise ocean. Eons ago, Jamaica was a series of mountain peaks, connected to what is present-day central America, but nowadays the island’s very special fauna and flora reflects their longstanding isolation.

Ornithologically, the Caribbean islands are perhaps most notable for the occurrence of at least two endemic families, the gem-like Todies (Todidae), comprising five very similar species (one of which is restricted to Cuba, while the other four are distributed between Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico) and the strange Palmchat (monotypic family Dulidae), which is restricted to Hispaniola.

With one of the richest concentrations of endemic bird species in the Caribbean, Jamaica is a highly appealing destination for anyone with an interest in the avifauna of this beautiful part of the world. The island of Jamaica boasts no fewer than 30 endemics (if one includes Jamaican Oriole, which is only shared with the remote island of San Andres), and there are also a host of more widespread endemic Caribbean specialities. Families that are especially well represented amongst the endemics include pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, nightjars, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, tyrant flycatchers, vireos and wood warblers. With persistence, we should see all the endemics. Apart from the endemics and other resident specialities, the pleasant tropical climate encourages many North American passerines to winter on these islands and even more to rest while on spring migration.

The name Jamaica derives from the word Xaymaca, meaning ‘Land of Wood and Water’ or perhaps ‘Land of Springs’, used by its Arawakan-speaking original Taíno inhabitants. Columbus ‘discovered’ Jamaica in 1494 on his second voyage of exploration to the New World, and in the early 1500s the Spanish conquered the Taíno indians and colonized the island, which they called Santiago. At times, buccaneers and pirates used the island as a base for their pillaging forays, and eventually the island passed under British control and became known as Jamaica. Huge numbers of slaves were imported from Africa during its colonial past and the resulting blend of different cultures has profoundly influenced the subsequent history of the island, which has been an independent state since 1962. Ian Fleming, who lived on the island, repeatedly used Jamaica as a setting for his James Bond novels, but Jamaica’s most famous son is surely Bob Marley, who is still regarded with reverence by the locals.

We start our Jamaica birding tour at Kingston, the capital city, and from here we travel westwards to the climatically-perfect hill town of Mandeville. Here we shall explore the open gardens, pastures and woodland of a working cattle ranch where well over half of Jamaica’s endemics can be found, including the splendid Red-billed Streamertail (a supremely elegant hummingbird that is surely the island’s signature bird), Jamaican Parakeet, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Jamaican Owl, Jamaican Mango, the lovely Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Pewee, Sad and Rufous-tailed Flycatchers, Jamaican Becard, White-chinned Thrush, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Spindalis (or Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager), Yellow-shouldered Grassquit, the attractive Orangequit and Jamaican Oriole. We will also visit the Black River Morass, Jamaica’s largest wetland, where we should see Antillean Nighthawk and have a good chance of encountering the uncommon West Indian Whistling Duck.

We will also spend some time exploring the wild, hilly Cockpit Country in search of four more endemics: Ring-tailed Pigeon, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Amazons, and Jamaican Crow.

During the second part of our Jamaica birding tour, we concentrate on the dark evergreen forests of the Blue Mountains and the John Crow Mountains, which dominate the eastern part of this tropical paradise. These ranges are home to the rest of Jamaica’s endemics, including Black-billed Streamertail, the shy Crested Quail-Dove, White-eyed Thrush, Blue-Mountain Vireo, Arrowhead Warbler and Jamaican Blackbird. By the end of our Jamaica birding tour there is a very good chance we will have seen all of the Jamaican endemics. We will also have enjoyed some lovely Caribbean scenery and soaked up the relaxed way of life of this unique island.

A far-flung scattering of low-lying islands in the tropical Atlantic make up the Bahamas, which we will visit during the second part of this far-flung itinerary. If ever a group of islands typified the popular view of the ‘desert island’ then the Bahamas fit the bill – endless miles of white sand beaches, swaying palms, turquoise blue waters, coral reefs and the sun shining down from a blue, blue sky almost every day of the year!

Our Bahamas birding tour needs to visit the attractive island of Abaco and the island of North Andros in the northern Bahamas, and Great Inagua island in the southern Bahamas, in order to see all six Bahamian endemics: Bahama Woodstar, Great Inagua Woodstar, Bahama Swallow, Bahama Warbler, Bahama Yellowthroat and the recently-recognized Bahama Oriole.

Whilst searching for these six major specialities we will also be able to enjoy a series of predominantly Caribbean birds, including the Bahamas form of the Cuban Amazon, the rare and threatened Caribbean Osprey, Zenaida Dove, the beautiful Key West Quail-Dove, Great Lizard Cuckoo, Antillean Nighthawk, Cuban Emerald, West Indian Woodpecker, Cuban Pewee, La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Loggerhead Kingbird, Red-legged Thrush, Bahama Mockingbird, Olive-capped Warbler, Western Spindalis (or Western Stripe-headed Tanager), Greater Antillean Bullfinch and perhaps West Indian Whistling-Duck. Interesting seabirds include White-tailed Tropicbird and perhaps Audubon’s Shearwater.

The Bahamas are a very attractive destination for anyone with an interest in the avifauna of this beautiful part of the world. Good standards of accommodation and food, and mostly easy travelling and birding conditions, make for a relaxing but highly rewarding journey. After exploring these idyllic islands, and after so much sun and sea, never mind such relaxing and enjoyable birding, it is going to be hard to drag ourselves away!

Birdquest has operated Jamaica birding tours since 1998 and Bahamas birding tours since 2004.

Bahamas-only option: It is possible to take just the Bahamas section as a stand-alone tour, joining in Nassau.

In 2021 this tour can be taken together with CUBA or DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & PUERTO RICO

Cayman Islands Extension: Providing there are enough participants wanting to go there, we will organize a short (one night) extension to the Cayman Islands prior to our Jamaica birding tour in order to see the endemic Vitelline Warbler. Cost will depend on numbers. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are interested in participating in this extension.

Haiti Extension: Providing there are enough participants wanting to go there, we will organize a short (two or perhaps three nights) extension to Haiti (the western part of the island of Hispaniola) prior to our Jamaica birding tour in order to see the endemic Grey-crowned Palm Tanager. Cost will depend on numbers. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are interested in participating in this extension.

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels are of good standard almost throughout Jamaica and the Bahamas. Transport is by minibus/passenger van and roads are mostly good or reasonable.

Walking: The walking effort during our Jamaica & Bahamas birding tour is easy throughout.

Climate: Mostly warm or hot, dry and sunny, but it is sometimes cool and overcast (especially at higher altitudes). It may rain at times.

Bird Photography: Opportunities during our Jamaica & Bahamas birding tour are quite good.


PRICE INFORMATION

Birdquest Inclusions: Our tour prices include surface transportation, accommodations, meals and entrance fees.

We also include all tipping for local guides, drivers and accommodation/restaurant staff.

We also include these flights: Kingston-Nassau, Nassau-Marsh Harbour-Nassau, Nassau-Andros-Nassau and Nassau-Great Inagua-Nassau.

Deposit: Jamaica: £280, $350, €310. Bahamas: £280, $350, €310.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Click here (you will need the tour dates and deposit amount)


2021: provisional £2140, $2790, €2480. Kingston/Kingston.
The Bahamas (taken as an extension): £2500, $3250, €2890. Kingston/Nassau
The Bahamas (taken as a stand-alone-tour): £2300, $2990, €2660. Nassau/Nassau.

Single Supplement: 2021: £260, $340, €300.
The Bahamas (taken as an extension): £360, $470, €410.
The Bahamas (taken as a stand-alone-tour): £360, $470, €410.

The single supplement will not apply if you indicate on booking that you prefer to share a room and there is a room-mate of the same sex available.

This tour is priced in US Dollars. Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

JAMAICA & BAHAMAS BIRDING TOUR: DETAILED ITINERARY

JAMAICA

Jamaica: Day 1  Our Jamaica birding tour begins this afternoon at Kingston airport, from where we will drive to Mandeville for a three nights stay.

Jamaica: Days 2-3  Situated at 2000ft (600m) on a high plateau of the Don Figuerero Mountains overlooking the south coast, Mandeville is a small hill town in the central area of Jamaica. Grand old mahogany trees and flowering yellow poui and mango decorate the country lanes that lead us to a 300-acre (120-hectare) working cattle farm owned by the Sutton family at Marshall’s Pen. The centrepiece of the property is the Great White House, which must have been carved out of the wilderness in the early 1700s. It has amazingly survived at least four horrendous hurricanes and still maintains its old grandeur.

The spacious, colourful gardens and belts of pastureland, interrupted by thickly wooded copses, provide ideal nest sites for many of Jamaica’s common bird species and in fact well over half of the island’s endemics breed here. The following are all easily found: Jamaican Parakeet (sometimes split from the Olive-throated Parakeet of Central America), Jamaican Tody (an exquisite little critter, belonging to a family which is endemic to the Greater Antilles), Jamaican Woodpecker (which has become a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ filling several ecological niches), Sad Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Becard (easily located by its enormous nest high up in mature fruiting trees), Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Oriole (a virtual endemic, also occurring on the island of San Andres), Jamaican Spindalis (or Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager) and the handsome Orangequit.

One of the major highlights at Marshall’s Pen is watching the endemic Red-billed Streamertails at the feeders. This amazing hummingbird shines emerald green in shafts of sunlight as it fiercely defends its sugar solution from duller and more normal-tailed females and from the larger endemic Jamaican Mangoes. Its tail streamers are elongated to three times its body length, and are scalloped and fluted on the inside. Its wings create a high whining hum as the bird flies. Nicknamed ‘Doctorbird’ by local people, it is actually a status symbol for a family to attract streamertails to flowers in their garden. The name ‘Doctorbird’ comes from its practice of puncturing the base or sides of flowers with its bill to draw out the nectar, an act which resembles the 17th century doctor poking around with his lancet.

Whilst creeping along the wide trails we will be listening for the raucous accelerating tones of a cuckoo. Both the elegant, endemic, yellow-bellied Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo and the larger endemic Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo inhabit the shady thick understorey of this dense woodland. In the forest glades, endemic Jamaican Elaenias and Jamaican Pewees sit motionless on their perches and occasionally explode into action to pick insects off leaves or twigs or to acrobatically catch them in mid air. The easiest birding is in the gardens where an endemic White-chinned Thrush may hop on the lawns or an endemic Yellow-shouldered Grassquit may be seen unsuccessfully looking for a camouflaged background amongst the multi-coloured array of flowers. Biologists have opted out of making a decision as to whether this delightful black and yellow, berry- and seed-eating bird is a grassquit or a finch and have pronounced it to be another endemic genus. Greater Antillean Bullfinch and the local race of Bananaquit also flit around the gardens.

As dusk approaches we will listen for the hoarse throaty ‘whow’ that signals the waking up of a Jamaican Owl and human ‘wows’ may be heard as we find him hiding under a bromeliad or amongst the tangled vines that envelop most of the trees here! Another nocturnal delight is the Northern Potoo.

Other interesting species that we should find here include such Caribbean specialities as White-crowned Pigeon, the smart Caribbean Dove (normally a shy forest floor species, but not here), the gorgeous Zenaida Dove, Antillean Palm Swift, Grey and Loggerhead Kingbirds, Black-whiskered Vireo, Black-faced Grassquit and Greater Antillean Grackle.

More widespread species include Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, White-winged Dove, Common Ground Dove, Ruddy Quail-Dove, the introduced Green-rumped Parrotlet, Mangrove Cuckoo, Smooth-billed Ani, Cave Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue and Prairie Warblers, American Redstart and Yellow-faced Grassquit.

During our sojourn at Marshall’s Pen we will also visit the Black River Morass, the most extensive wetland in Jamaica. Here we will explore slow-moving, mangrove-fringed channels, enjoying the variety of waterbirds and raptors. Purple Gallinules and Northern Jacanas seem to be everywhere, and we will hope to find the diminutive Least Bittern crouched along a reedy edge. The uncommon West Indian Whistling Duck is mainly a nocturnal feeder, but small parties are regularly found here in the quieter stretches of marsh. Western Ospreys and Red-tailed Hawks perch on exposed boughs, while American Coots lurk near cover. As dusk approaches, Antillean Nighthawks float high over the open expanses.

Amongst the many other species we may well see amongst the channels or at some saline lagoons are Least and Pied-billed Grebes, Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Black-crowned and perhaps Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Green, Tricolored, Little Blue and Great Blue Herons, Great, Snowy, Reddish and Western Cattle Egrets, Glossy Ibis, Blue-winged Teal (and possibly other lingering ducks), the dashing Merlin, Sora, Common Gallinule (now treated as distinct from Common Moorhen), Black-necked Stilt, Grey (or Black-bellied), Snowy, Semipalmated and Wilson’s Plovers, Killdeer, Solitary, Spotted, Semipalmated, Least and Stilt Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Laughing Gull, Royal and Cabot’s Terns, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Caribbean Martin, Barn Swallow (and perhaps other swallow species), Mangrove Warbler, Northern Waterthrush and Common Yellowthroat.

Jamaica: Day 4  This morning we will explore the only wilderness area left on Jamaica, the Cockpit Country. A karst limestone region of caves, sinkholes and ‘haystack’ terrain, the ‘Cockpit’ is basically a plateau that, over the eons, has been eroded by rainfall whose carbonic acid content has gradually dissolved the rock and left behind a jumble of steep conical hills separated by deep depressions or ‘cockpits’. The tops and vertical hillsides have little or no soil to support vegetation, but the cockpits, in which the eroded minerals have been deposited, usually have very fertile soil and when undisturbed support thick vegetation and enormous trees. No fewer than a hundred plant species are endemic to the area.

Ramsgoat Cave in the heart of the Cockpit Country is the roosting haunt of Jamaica’s two endangered endemic parrots. In the early morning small squawking flocks of both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Amazons noisily transfer from their roosting sites, situated on dead emergent branches of the highest trees, to the fruiting trees where they will gorge themselves all day. We will also be listening out for the jabbering and squabbling of endemic Jamaican Crows, which are still quite easily found in this area, and we will likely encounter the aptly-named Stolid Flycatcher. We should hear the soft cooing of the rare endemic Ring-tailed Pigeon which, although officially fully protected, is still shot by hungry locals and so one of Jamaica’s harder birds to see. With persistence we have a good chance of locating one.

Later in the day we will make a stop on the Portland peninsula to try and locate the shy Bahama Mockingbird. With a bit of luck we will see one displaying from a favourite bush. Migrant wood-warblers are usually about and may include Black-and-white, Palm, Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers, and Ovenbird, and possibly one or two of the scarcer species such as Worm-eating, Yellow-throated and Cape May Warblers. In the nearby mangroves we may come across the skulking Clapper Rail or even a Prothonotary Warbler.

Afterwards we will travel to Port Antonio for an overnight stay.

Jamaica: Day 5  This morning we will explore the ornithologically and touristically neglected John Crow Mountains at the eastern end of the island in search of the endemic Black-billed Streamertail. This isolated range, situated in the extreme northeast of the island, receives more rain than the rest of Jamaica and is covered in fertile plantations at the base and the lower slopes, while the upper reaches are clothed in virtually inaccessible lush forest. The two streamertails used to be treated as conspecific as earlier scientific investigations suggested that there was an overlap zone where some individuals had red and black bills, but these biologists failed to realize that it is the immature Red-billed Streamertails which show this two-tone bill colour! Black-billed Streamertails are, in fact, more blue-green in colour, have completely black bills and are only found in the humid eastern section of Jamaica. An excellent selection of other Jamaican endemics occur in the area.

Afterwards we will head for the Blue Mountains above Kingston, where we will stay for two nights at Silver Hill Gap.

Jamaica: Day 6  Today we will explore the slopes of the lofty Blue Mountains, overlooking the city of Kingston. These scenic mountains frame Jamaica’s capital and dominate the eastern third of the island, rising up to around 2200m (roughly 7200ft). They are covered with forests and dotted with plantations of Caribbean Pine and the famous Blue Mountain Coffee, the most expensive in the world. Alas, its fame and price have reached such heights that precious soil-conserving woodlands are being cleared for plantations at an alarming rate. However, on the cool, steep and often cloudy slopes some good evergreen montane forest remains. The highest point that we will reach is about 1220m (around 4000ft) at Hardwar Gap, a thickly wooded mountain pass, where clouds move through the forest daily, creating a cool and damp environment which will be a welcome change from the hot humid lowlands.

The woods are dense with tree ferns, mahogany and Blue Mahoe and luxuriant with huge bromeliads and epiphytes, whose flowers attract the tiny Vervain Hummingbird (endemic to Jamaica and Hispaniola). Blue Mahoe is Jamaica’s national tree and the blossoms gradually change colour from yellow to orange to red. Mixed feeding flocks forage tirelessly through the dark montane evergreen forest, and include specialities like Greater Antillean Elaenia, the endemic Blue-Mountain Vireo and the endemic Arrowhead (or Arrow-headed) Warbler, joined by migrant parulids. The retiring endemic White-eyed Thrush feeds unobtrusively under shady shrubs. Experienced Neotropical birders will recognize the flutelike whistles and trills emanating from the canopy as coming from a solitaire, but few will be prepared for the shock of seeing a positively gaudy Rufous-throated Solitaire in its grey, chestnut, rufous and white plumage. The bird is usually easy to find as it sings from leafless branches instead of from inside thick canopy. More time, however, will have to be spent on locating two much less conspicuous endemics. The scarce endemic Jamaican Blackbird is, unlike most other New World blackbirds, arboreal and does not flock. It forages silently for insects in bromeliads and moss or at the base of tree-fern fronds where it tosses out dead leaves. The most difficult Jamaican endemic, however, is the Crested Quail-Dove, which is no easier to see than any other quail-dove. Our best chance will be to spot one turning over the leaf litter at the side of the road soon after dawn, before the sun makes it retreat into the shady parts of the forest. We may also see White-collared Swift here and perhaps American Black Swift.

Jamaica: Day 7  We will have another chance to look for the sometimes tricky Crested Quail-Dove, or anything else we still need, early this morning. Afterwards we return to Kingston airport, where our Jamaica birding tour ends.

THE BAHAMAS

Bahamas: Day 1  From Kingston, those continuing to the Bahamas will take a direct flight to Nassau in the Bahamas, where we will spend the night. (Participants joining our Bahamas birding tour as a stand-alone tour will join the tour at Nassau.)

Bahamas: Day 2  We will take a short morning flight to Marsh Harbour on the island of Abaco in the northern Bahamas, where we will stay for two nights. we will have most of the day to explore the island.

Bahamas: Day 3  The pleasant island of Abaco is the second largest of the Bahamas (after Andros), stretching about 180 kilometres (120 miles) from north to south. A series of coral cays dot the waters off the east coast, whilst to the west are the many mangrove islands and tidal flats of The Marls. Although Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay have been developed as tourist resorts, there are not yet the large-scale developments of Nassau or Freeport, and much of Abaco is still very quiet, with large expanses of native pine woods.

Abaco offers the best birding in the entire Bahamas, with more specialities than any other island, including four of the Bahamian endemics (although the Bahamas Woodstar is easier to see on North Andros).

We shall be concentrating much of our time on the southern part of Great Abaco, as far as Abaco National Park and the quaintly-named Hole-in-the-Wall. The large expanses of pine woodland in this area are the headquarters of Abaco’s remaining Cuban Amazon (here of the endemic Bahamian subspecies, which may be split in future as Bahama Amazon) and we should obtain good views of these noisy birds as they head for their roosts. The endemic Bahama Warbler and the endemic Bahama Yellowthroat can be found fairly easily in this fine area. Endemic Bahama Swallows nest in dead trees and feed over pastures and ponds. We may also find the endemic Bahamas Woodstar on Abaco, although it is uncommon.

Other likely specialities include White-crowned Pigeon, Zenaida Dove, Mangrove Cuckoo, Cuban Emerald, West Indian Woodpecker, Cuban Pewee, La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Grey and Loggerhead Kingbirds, Red-legged Thrush, Bahama Mockingbird, Thick-billed and Black-whiskered Vireos, Golden and Olive-capped Warblers, Bananaquit, Western Spindalis (or Western Stripe-headed Tanager), Black-faced Grassquit, Greater Antillean Bullfinch and perhaps also the attractive but uncommon and rather furtive Key West Quail-Dove. At dusk Antillean Nighthawks hunt overhead.

More widespread species found amongst the pine woods or in more open habitats include Western Cattle Egret, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Ground Dove, Smooth-billed Ani, Hairy Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Pine, Palm, Cape May and Blackpoll Warblers, American Redstart and Red-winged Blackbird.

Beaches, headlands, small wetlands, mangroves and tidal flats can be checked for Least Grebe, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Magnificent Frigatebird, Great and Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, White-cheeked (or Bahama) Pintail, Clapper Rail, Killdeer, Solitary and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Laughing Gull, Royal and Least Terns, and, with luck, the endangered Piping Plover.

Bahamas: Day 4  After some final birding on Abaco we shall take a short flight to Nassau and then a short onward flight to Andros Town on the island of North Andros for a two nights stay. We should arrive in time for some initial exploration.

Bahamas: Day 5  Several specialities that are absent from Abaco can be found on North Andros and in particular we will be concentrating on the endemic Bahama Oriole (now treated as a distinct species, rather than lumped in Black-cowled), as well as West Indian Whistling-Duck, Caribbean Osprey (now treated as a distinct species) and Great Lizard Cuckoo. We can also expect to catch up on the attractive but diminutive endemic Bahama Woodstar if we missed it on Abaco. Other species we may well find here include Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue, Little Blue and Green Herons, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-necked Stilt, American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s and Semipalmated Plovers, and Spotted Sandpiper.

Bahamas: Day 6  This morning we will return to Nassau and catch an onward connection to the island of Great Inagua, where we will overnight. Great Inagua is home to the Bahamas’ latest endemic, the tiny Great Inagua Woodastar, which we should hasve little difficulty finding. This beautiful ‘desert’ island is a fitting spooit for our final, celebratory dinner together.

Bahamas: Day 7  After some final birding at Great Inagua we will return to Nassau, where our tour ends by early afternoon.

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