La Aventura with Patti & James

06 July 2018 | Faial Island –Atlantic Portugal
24 June 2018 | National Holiday day in Faial
22 June 2018 | afternoon whale watching boat trip
20 June 2018 | an enjoyable day trip to another island.
19 June 2018 | Fabulous Faial. – Azorean Island
18 June 2018 | Faial Island – Horta Harbour - Mid Atlantic
29 May 2018 | Mid Atlantic - in the middle of nowhere
26 May 2018 | the cruising yachtsman’s haven
25 May 2018 | party day in Hamilton
10 May 2018 | Vero Beach/Ft Pierce –road trip to Jacksonville.
12 April 2018 | Vibeke onboard
17 March 2018 | lovely to return to Belize and Mexico and meet up with sailing friends along the way
24 January 2018 | I have become so interested in Guatemala textiles
17 January 2018 | So great to catchup with so many friends and our families
01 November 2017 | what a wonderful Guatemalan fiesta to experience
29 October 2017 | Volcanic crater
28 October 2017 | Antiqua - Guatemala

BIRD WATCHING DAY OUT

01 October 2012 | ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE AND CARONI SWAMP
4TH BLOG FROM TRINIDAD
IMAGE – the national bird of TT – the Scarlet Ibis
Trinidad has over 450 bird species that call home to the diverse swamp, rainforest, ocean inlets, lowland forests and savannahs around the island. So Tuesday 2nd October was our bird watching day out. We joined a small tour with just 2 other couples. Our driver and tour guide for the day was Jessie and he was knowledgeable and enjoyable. We drove up into the northern rainforest to a former cocoa and coffee plantation, which has been transformed into the Asa Wright Centre, now an 80 hectare nature reserve. We did a 2 hour hike along a marked trail with a nature guide on a ‘see and hear’ excursion, on the lookout for such gloriously named birds as the Golden Headed Manakin, the White Bearded Manakin and the Bearded Bellbirds. The sights and sounds of the rainforest were fantastic and very enjoyable. After our hike we enjoyed pre-lunch cool drinks on the veranda of the colonial wooden lodge looking down onto the feeding trays enticing the parrots and hummingbirds – we were glad we took along out binoculars so we could catch some of the really tiny and brightly coloured little hummingbirds. Lunch was a buffet in a beautiful setting in the large dining room reminiscent of a grand age of living and entertaining in the colonial era. We had time after lunch for a short dip in the nearby waterfall rock pool – so refreshing and enjoyable. Our afternoon drive took us down out of the mountainous rainforest and into the west coast lowland swamp area know as Caroni Swamp. The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is the roosting site for 1000’s of Scarlet Ibis – the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago. We had a boat ride slowly through the swamp channels with a local guide – on the lookout for anything that moved or sang. We saw many herons, white egrets, and tree snakes in the mangroves and the highlight was to sit back on the water and watch the sunset flight of the flocks of white and florescent red Ibis coming into roost for the night – a truly magnificent and serene sight. A great day out and about to see and hear the nature and wildlife that Trinidad is so well known for
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Vessel Name: La Aventura
Crew: James & Patti

Who: James & Patti