Day 5 Blue Waters Inn, Tobago January 16, 2012

After breakfast, Dianne picked us up to take us to the Argyle Waterfall. We drove through a cocoa plantation on the way there. Gail, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the names of the plants and trees and what they were used for. One tree was used for nature cigarette filters

The waterfall is really beautiful and we enjoyed the walk there and back. We bought some bamboo art from Shawn along the trail and bought cocoa balls to make the cocoa drink at the main building.

Then we went back to the Blue Waters Inn for lunch and then a wait for our glass bottom boat tour of Little Tobago.

There was a mixup on times and days, but after sorting it out, our captain Kieshen and our guide Randy showed up and we began our boat trip. The glass bottom revealed beautiful corals and fish along the way. After we disembarked on the jetty at Little Tobago, we hiked up the steep trail to look at the Red-billed Tropicbirds on the nest. We also saw red and brown footed boobies and several morphs of the boobies – one morph was rare to see.

We saw two Tropicbirds in battle. I think one had got its head caught under a root and the other took advantage of the situation and had its beak in a death grip on the other’s neck. Randy, our guide, gently pried open its bill with a stick and then was able to loose the grip on the other’s neck. He then moved the two combatants apart. The blood was mostly dry on the unfortunate bird’s neck, so this battle had been going on for a while.

We opted not to snorkel because of the late time and just enjoyed the reef from the glass bottom boat. We saw very large brain coral – the largest in the world, dead man’s fingers coral, fan coral, and a huge hawk’s bill turtle. Randy said it was probably an arm span’s length – maybe 3 feet long.

It was almost dark by the time we got back, but Steph went into the ocean while I bought sandwiches and rum punch to eat on our room porch.

 

Life Birds Seen Day 5                                     Other birds seen:

 

  1. Great Black Hawk
  2. Scaled Pigeon
  3. White-tipped dove
  4. Rufous-tailed Jacamar
  5. Brown-crested Flycatcher
  6. Redbilled Tropicbirds
  7. Red-footed boobies
  8. Brown-footed boobies
  9. Rufous-vented Chachalaca
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Blue-Crowned Motmot
  • Orange winged parrot
  • Tropical kingbird
  • Tropical Mockingbird
  • Bananaquits
  • Blue-grey tananger
  • Crested Oropendola
  • Brown Pelican
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