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.
, 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
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.
describes a Golden-headed Manakin as "a little black furry gonk with its head dipped in egg yoke.
also picked out several Swallow-Tanagers, a species of limited seasonal occurrence on the island.
was our avian wizard, finding species nearly invisible to the rest of us until he
pointed them out.
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.