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Mr. Martyn Kenefick

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Company Description: The Asa Wright Nature Centre is a leading voice for environmental and cultural conservation in Trinidad & Tobago and throughout the wider Caribbean community. We...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Representative To the South American Classification Committee of the AOU
    Trinidad & Tobago
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Having left school at 18, Martyn spent 27 years working for an international insurance company in the UK. Initially his role was that of an underwriter but moved into sales and then management in a number of positions throughout the UK. His final few years were based in Glasgow, Scotland where he became both Regional Manager, Scotland and Call Centre Operations Manager for a division of the Company. He took early retirement at the age of 45 and emigrated to Trinidad in 1999, marrying his Trinidadian fiancée the following year. An avid birder since the age of 13, he has enjoyed private birding trips to 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South-east and East Asia, North and South America and to islands of the Caribbean. Additionally since 2000 he led tours on behalf of several UK Birding Tour companies to countries as diverse as Kuwait, Kenya, Israel and multiple tours to the USA, before retiring from all tours in April 2014 He is the senior author of the field guide "Birds of Trinidad & Tobago" and, together with the artist Robin Restall is currently working on enhancements for the 3rd edition of the book He is currently the Hon Sec to the Trinidad & Tobago Rare Birds Committee and is T&T's representative to the South American Classification Committee of the AOU
Birdfinders – Birdwatching Holidays – Tour Leaders [cached]
Martyn Kenefick
Martyn was an active birder in Sussex for 30 years before marrying and moving to Trinidad, where he now works as a freelance ornithologist and is Honorary Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Rare Birds Committee. He has extensive experience of South-east Asia, East Africa, North America and the Western Palearctic.
Trinidad and Tobago, October 4 - 11, 2003 [cached]
We drove to an area that local birder Martyn Kenefick had described to me, two small ponds amid otherwise dry rice fields.
We returned to the feeding station, where Newton had the brilliant idea of placing a cell phone call to Martyn Kenefick, the current Chair of the Trinidad & Tobago Rare Bird Committee.
Martyn had been seeing an occasional Aplomado Falcon in the Caroni rice fields and thus had recent experience with the species. Newton handed me the phone.
"Martyn, this is Bill Murphy over in Tobago.
Martyn interrupted me. "Let me save you some time -- Did you see a white trailing edge to the secondaries?"
I almost burst into tears with excitement as I turned to the group. "He wants to know if we saw a white trailing edge to the secondaries! Their answer came back, a unanimous "YES!! -- loud enough that Martyn could hear it all the way to Trinidad.
Trinidad & Tobago Birding – Links to Trinidad & Tobago on the Internet [cached]
Martyn Kenefick
Martyn Kenefick My good friend Martyn Kenefick was born in England, where he worked in the insurance industry for 27 years before taking very early retirement and moving to Trinidad. He was an active birder in the UK, especially in his home area, Beachy Head in Sussex. Martyn also gained extensive experience throughout Europe and has birded and banded birds in the United States, Asia, and Africa. He now works as a freelance ornithologist in Trinidad & Tobago, where he serves as Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Rare Birds Committee. Click here to email Martyn.
Trinidad & Tobago Birding — Trinidad & Tobago, March 26– April 5, 2008 [cached]
Martyn Kenefick (Trinidad)
We were the first birding group I've organized that was able to enjoy using the excellent new field guide to the birds of Trinidad and Tobago, co-authored by none other than Martyn Kenefick, my friend and our incomparable guide on Trinidad. We all found his guide to be superb. I recommend it highly. Well done, Martyn, and thanks! Here's a shot of the two most famous Trinidad & Tobago field guide authors, Martyn Kenefick and Richard ffrench, sharing a quiet pre-dawn moment on the veranda.
As always I would like to extend special thanks to Martyn Kenefick for all of the time, energy, and thoughtfulness he put into making this a truly memorable birding adventure.
Martyn Kenefick, my friend and our birding guide on the Trinidad portion of the trip, had transported David and Denise from the airport to our Trinidad accommodation, the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC).
Martyn was back at the airport that evening with our driver, Ivan, to greet the arriving participants (by tforge onlinedamilola).
After a hearty breakfast we gathered in the spacious main room where Martyn did an excellent job explaining the Centre's operating procedures, our Trinidad itinerary, and just about everything anyone could have wanted to know about how to get along during our stay. As soon as he was finished we all migrated back to the veranda and started ticking off new species.
From Gulf City we headed back north to Freeport, where Martyn confirmed lunch reservations for us at Jenny's Kitchen Corner, a local eatery known for its excellent roti.
Martyn Kenefick
Martyn describes a Golden-headed Manakin as "a little black furry gonk with its head dipped in egg yoke. Martyn also picked out several Swallow-Tanagers, a species of limited seasonal occurrence on the island.
Martyn was our avian wizard, finding species nearly invisible to the rest of us until he pointed them out.
Martyn had found the bird in this area recently and had been hoping it would stay for our visit.
With fondness and profound thanks we bid farewell to Martyn, our talented and highly skilled guide, and Ivan, who had safely and comfortably provided transportation for us over so many miles.
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