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servalgirl
November 22nd, 2009, 09:10 PM
Anyone know of a tour operator in Tobago that specializes in birding tours that cater towards the cruiselines (in terms of time)? Alternatively-anyone know if there are good DYI birding spots for a day trip? Thanks!

Aplmac
November 25th, 2009, 09:07 AM
The Northern two-thirds of the island is rain forest
so it can't be too difficult.

A trip along their North Coast road going to Charlotteville at the far end of the island
will reveal many sweeping views from 200-300 ft. up
and I should think several birding opportunities.

There are also one or two roads that cross the high spine of the island
-through the real rain forest-
I'd suggest you get your island tour taxi driver to take you there.
Tell the guy what you're looking to see.


I saw Mot-mots just behind the golf course somewhere..
.

looking_forward
November 28th, 2009, 08:16 PM
Don't know anything about it, but I found a website offering birding tours called Wayne Gray tours: www.waynesworld-tours.com

Thinking of booking it, but still trying to explore Tobago options.

dive4pam
March 14th, 2010, 12:15 AM
We hired GEORGE NEWTON for the entire day we were in port in TOBAGO- he drove us to the wonderful rainforest and called the birds to us- we saw at least 25 birds including the blue backed manakin & Jakana! We took about a 2 hour walk with him into the forest where we saw a few other "quiet" birders also spotting wonderful birds. It was the highlight of our entire week. Look him up on the web- he took us to the hummingbird farm at the end so we could just sit and watch the 6 hummingbirds on the island come to the feeders- and a few other wonderful birds as well. Really, if you love birds- don't miss this tour! Tell him Pam & Kevin sent you. The ships don't take people to this place- it really is wonderful to see so many birds in such a short period of time! By the way he was 1/2 as much as soem fo the other quotes I had and they were not private tours.

burrma
October 18th, 2010, 11:31 PM
We hired GEORGE NEWTON for the entire day we were in port in TOBAGO- he drove us to the wonderful rainforest and called the birds to us- we saw at least 25 birds including the blue backed manakin & Jakana! We took about a 2 hour walk with him into the forest where we saw a few other "quiet" birders also spotting wonderful birds. It was the highlight of our entire week. Look him up on the web- he took us to the hummingbird farm at the end so we could just sit and watch the 6 hummingbirds on the island come to the feeders- and a few other wonderful birds as well. Really, if you love birds- don't miss this tour! Tell him Pam & Kevin sent you. The ships don't take people to this place- it really is wonderful to see so many birds in such a short period of time! By the way he was 1/2 as much as soem fo the other quotes I had and they were not private tours.
Can you tell me what tour you took with him; how long and about how much
Is it safe for two ladies
Thanks

burrma
October 18th, 2010, 11:45 PM
Anyone know of a tour operator in Tobago that specializes in birding tours that cater towards the cruiselines (in terms of time)? Alternatively-anyone know if there are good DYI birding spots for a day trip? Thanks!

Would love to hear from people who have used him. Cost and tour you booked.
Thanks for any help you can give me.

KroozFoolz
October 24th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Would love to hear from people who have used him. Cost and tour you booked.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Did you see this thread?
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1072769

50something
January 8th, 2011, 06:25 AM
When we were in Tobago Easter 2009 on a Princess cruise we went to Cuffie River. Contact the owner Regina and she will organise the day for you including transport, a walk in the rain forest with Desmon looking a local birds and lunch. We had a fabulous time and my husband who is a keen birder was very impressed. www.cuffie-river.com

CoralReef
January 26th, 2011, 07:30 PM
We had a great tour with Peter Cox Jan. 13. We had booked a bird-watching tour to Little Tobago for $80 each. The boat was rocking all the previous night, and we saw high surf when docking in Tobago, so we were not surprised when Peter recommended that we not take the glass-bottom boat to Little Tobago. Instead, he took us around the island in his air-conditioned car to various birding spots, including a hike at the Main Ridge Reserve. This is one of the oldest nature preserves in the world, dating to 1776! The trails were very muddy, so Peter rented plastic boots for us. Peter is a general naturalist as well as an avid birder, and he showed us much of island’s ecology. We were especially interested in the fascinating tale of how the leaf-cutter ants cultivate their fungus gardens, and we followed some of their trails to see how they organize their labor. Peter also told us stories about his work protecting turtles, rehabilitating birds, and studying the false coral snake.

The birding was not outstanding because of the wind, but among others, we saw: rufous-tailed jacamar, blue-backed manakin, blue-crowned motmot (both male and female), tropical kingbird, chachalaca, crested oropendola, anhinga, bananquit, cattle egret, magnificent frigatebird, smooth-billed ani, white-tailed sabre-winged hummingbird, yellow-crowned night heron, orange-winged parrot, and “johnny-jump-up” (blue-black grassquit). Peter knew all their calls and was often able to lure them out of hiding so we could see them up close. We spent considerable time at the Main Ridge Forest Reserve and Argyle Falls, then drove around the lush, beautiful island, stopping at various bays and beaches to admire the scenery. We visited a couple of brackish swamp areas looking for caimans, but only spotted one head. Peter kept us supplied with water and bananas, and stopped at tiny Gee Bee bakery to buy us delicious fresh coconut tarts and current buns. He was completely flexible about doing whatever we wanted for however long we wanted. We had a great day with him and learned a lot.

bluewave
January 26th, 2011, 09:21 PM
Your tour with Peter Cox sounds great! How did you get in touch with him? Any idea if he does a shorter (part day) tour?

CoralReef
January 27th, 2011, 09:16 AM
Your tour with Peter Cox sounds great! How did you get in touch with him? Any idea if he does a shorter (part day) tour?

His website is:
http://www.tobagonaturetours.com/

As you can see there, he has quite a few tour suggestions listed, but we also found him totally flexible about customizing the tour.

I don't think he has daily access to e-mail, so don't worry if you don't get an immediate answer. He did get back to us reliably each time we wrote, it just took a couple of days.

Hope this helps!

bluewave
February 1st, 2011, 11:47 AM
His website is:
http://www.tobagonaturetours.com/

As you can see there, he has quite a few tour suggestions listed, but we also found him totally flexible about customizing the tour.

I don't think he has daily access to e-mail, so don't worry if you don't get an immediate answer. He did get back to us reliably each time we wrote, it just took a couple of days.

Hope this helps!

Thanks so much!
His website looks great. We are already snorkeling in the morning so hopefully we can work out the afternoon tour to fit the schedule. The one he has listed is 3:30 - 5:00 and the Summit is scheduled to depart at 5:00. Too close for comfort for me! We leave in 2 1/2 weeks :D so hopefully we will hear from him soon!

Liz
February 2nd, 2011, 06:03 AM
Thanks so much!
His website looks great. We are already snorkeling in the morning so hopefully we can work out the afternoon tour to fit the schedule. The one he has listed is 3:30 - 5:00 and the Summit is scheduled to depart at 5:00. Too close for comfort for me! We leave in 2 1/2 weeks :D so hopefully we will hear from him soon!

When you hear from him, would you post info here or on the roll call? Sounds like a nice way to spend the afternoon!
See you on the roll call...

Liz

Suze on the ocean
December 21st, 2011, 05:54 PM
Another recommendation for George Newton. He was affordable and did a great job.

Colorado Kat
December 31st, 2011, 01:33 AM
If you can get to Little Tobago, go there. Wonderful spot.