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BARBADOS - birdwatching
Barbados has a smaller bird population than some of her more forested neighbours but there are several interesting species to be seen. Hummingbirds can dazzle the eye for hours
The Bananaquit on the left was thought by many to be the Yellow Bird of the song, but in fact that is the Yellow Warbler on the right. Invisible for many years this lovely bird is starting to make a comeback and a few have been spotted, including this one admiring itself in a truck mirror.
In years gone by there were large flocks of parrots living in the high branches of the Royal Palms of Belleville. The palms have mostly gone now but the occasional parrot can still be seen.
There are several birds that are part of daily life in Barbados, the Blackbird or Grackle and the Bajan or Wood Dove are everywhere
The magnificent Ramier has had a remarkable comeback and can be seen islandwide. The Gray Kingbird, known in Barbados as a pee whittler, fills the air with its distinctive high pitched song
Seagulls sometimes visit and Plovers can be found racing the waves
Birdwatching in Barbados is made easy with a day spent in the tranquility of the Graeme Hall Nature Reserve while the adventurous birding enthusiast will find many wonderful gardens in which to while away the day
Barbados Hiking and Biking tours focus on the observation of nature with visits to landmarks and immersion in the natural and cultural history of the island.
Birdwatching is eco-tourism at its best, a pastime that is in tune with nature and committed to safeguarding the environment for future generations.
Birding tours combine birds and archeology, culture, scenery and natural history
An early morning trip to Graeme Hall Bird Sanctuary allows you to enjoy numerous herons and egrets leaving the roost. The elusive Purple Heron can sometimes be spotted, a first recorded for North America and only the second for the Western Atlantic.
To the east is Cape Verde and here you might see the Little and Snowy Egrets.
In Barbados marsh areas there were lots of yellowlegs and Black-bellied Plovers and Ruffs. Expect to see the all-male-plumaged Carib Grackles and the all-female-plumaged Lesser Antillean Bullfinches.
Scientists in Barbados are carrying out research on tropical fish that could possibly lead to the preservation of a threatened species.
Behavioral scientist Andrea Griffin, from the McGill University, Canada, spent time in Barbados conducting studies mainly centred around the behaviour of two species of birds: the Carib grackles (blackbirds) and the zenaiba (wood) dove.
A comment from the visitors book sums it all up...
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