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March 1998 Vol. 13, No. 3   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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The Diver as Birder

from the March, 1998 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

After watching birds on Tobago, I think we divers are simply a species of birdwatcher, preferring to watch parrots flit around underwater rather than on land.

But, here in Trinidad and Tobago, bring your binoculars and take the opportunity to gaze at the birds. A mere stroll from the Blue Waters brings one to countless species. Midisland is a path through the rainforest, amid 100-foot stands of bamboo, enormous ferns and screeching parrots and chachalacas, Tobagoís national bird.

Consider a stay in Trinidad at the internationally regarded Asa Wright Nature Center, high in the rainforest, an hour cab ride from the Trinidad airport. One awakens in the airy cabins to symphonic sounds of birds rising with the sun. Guided walks through the rain forest produce scores of species. On a boat trip into mangrove swamps to see the arrival of 2000 brilliant scarlet ibis, we were treated along the way to coiled snakes in mangrove branches and the snout of caimans protruding from ponds. Back at the Center, sit on the veranda enjoying an afternoon tea while cornbird and bearded bellbirds keep your eyes and ears busy. Watch the species of tanagers and hummingbirds flit about feeding stations, and sit long enough and you might even spot a toucan.

The winter rate of $160/day/couple includes homey accommodations in screened cottages, guided tours on the property, and three excellent meals a day prepared with a trinidadian flair. The Center, a lovely and secluded property, is unique in its mountainous rainforest location. If you enjoy watching fishes, give birds a try.

See Diverís Compass for reservation information.

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