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“Scarlet Ibis on Mangrove”

Painting by Dennis de la Rosa

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“Hummingbird on Chaconia Flower”

Painting by Dennis de la Rosa

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The Regal Greatstreak

The Regal Greatstreak (Evenus regalis) is not often seen in Trinidad, however this particular individual…

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Farewell to Familiar Friends: A Loss at the Aranguez Savanna

Trekking through the waterways, lying on the cold, lush green grass, and gazing through the…

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Palm Puzzle: the Case of the Confused Coconut (and How to Save It!)

Last week we encountered a strange-looking Coconut tree (Cocos nucifera). All the leaves from this…

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The Elusive Monarch Chrysalis

Since discovering my first Tropical Milkweed just walking distance from my home a couple of…

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Rare Return: The Rediscovery of the Sungrebe in Trinidad After Three Decades

The Sungrebe, a bird that had not been observed in Trinidad and Tobago since 1991,…

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When Catching Fish is Literally Getting a Bite!

It’s not always smooth sailing for Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) when fishing. Not only can they…

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Fugitive on the Crawl

Red-eared Slider in the Caroni Swamp” A Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) in Caroni Swamp…

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An extremely rare visiting Sungrebe sets the record straight!

Two members of the birdwatching community (Chelsea Sampson & Davis Gunn) stumbled on a rare…

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Photo Gallery by Jerome Foster

Breeding Crested Caracaras: A Growing Presence in Trinidad Crested caracaras (Caracara cheriway) are still considered…

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Chillin Under the AC: The Cane Toad’s Ingenious Heat Escape

Amidst the scorching Trinidadian heat during what seems to be another hot spell, a fascinating…

Posted in Geology Plants

Resilience of the Tambran Tree on Farallon Rock, South Trinidad

As a child, I often pondered the enduring presence of a lone tree on Farallon…

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“Dos Amigos”

The painting “Dos Amigos” by Dennis de la Rosa is based on a landscape scene…

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Coastal Erosion in La Lune (South Trinidad)

Paradise Beach is a secluded haven where one can immerse themselves in the serenity of…

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Cocoa Thrush with partial leucism

Cocoa Thrush (Turdus fumigatus) with partial leucism seen at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Sunday…

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The Trinidad Piping-Guan and Chicks

Locally known as the Pawi is a bird in the chachalaca, guan, and curassow family…

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Green Kingfisher “courtship feeding”

The Green Kingfisher is an agile and efficient fisher. From its perch, kingfishers are often…

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Moriche Palms are mass flowering in Trinidad

Synchronous patterns in Moriche palms (Mauritia flexuosa-Calamoideae) at the landscape-level scale are well known on…

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Psiguria mistaken for Chinese Ginseng in Tobago by locals

Farmers and local bushmen were amazed to learn that what they believe was the Chinese…

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Cowbird befriending an Oropendola

Giant Cowbirds are frequently seen around the colony of Crested Oropendola attempting to lay their…

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Angiopolybia pallens wasp feeding on a dead earthworm

Angiopolybia pallens wasp feeding on a dead earthworm. Date: 22 March 2015Location: Rio Claro Wasps…

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Bamboo Flowers at St Ann’s Plateau

While traversing through the lower montane/disturbed forest along the St. Ann’s to Santa Cruz trail…

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Tropical Mockingbird attacking a Parrot Snake

The Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla), being a good climber, was observed stealing eggs from the…

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Why is this diurnal lizard active at night?

The streak or striped gecko (Gonatodes vittatus) is perhaps one of the most common native…

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A Grey-lined Hawk with its prey of a Giant Ameiva

A Grey-lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus) observed on a roadway near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary on…

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Trinidad Black-Back Snake consuming a Skink

The Trinidad Black-Back Snake or Erythrolamprus melanotus nesos is endemic to Trinidad and Tobago. In…

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Bamboo Flowering: a 150-year old natural spectacle

A Common Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) clump, situated along a hiking trail in the Bamboo Cathedral,…

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Nest pirates

The Piratic Flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius) does not build a nest of its own. Instead, it…

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Photo Gallery by Shane Manchouck

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Up close and personal with a Wandering Spider

An adult male Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria sp.) sits still while being photographed in Salybia,…

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Flowering Miconia stenostachya observed on the summit of El Tucuche, Trinidad, WI.

Numerous Miconia stenostachya plants were observed during a hike to the top. Before this, members…

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Botany Trip to the Mt. Tamana, Central Range, Trinidad.

Members of the botany group (from left to right: Shane Manchouck, Linton Arneaud, Chantal Leotaud,…

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Fasciation in Manilkara Zapota L. (Sapotaceae), Trinidad

Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) tree one year after a termite nest was burnt.(A) Normal long shoot…

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Gulf Fritillary on Sulfur Cosmos flower

A Gulf fritillary (Dione vanillae) was spotted in my flower garden gracefully sitting on a beautiful…

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Kiskadee stealing nesting material

The Great Kiskadee -always the opportunist- is captured here stealing material from the nest of a…

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Growing the Nipa palm

Nuts of the nipa palm (Nypa fruticans) are regularly found on our beaches, especially on…

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White Lined Tanager feeding on Balisier

White Lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) eating the real flower of the Balisier plucked from the…

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Caracara raiding a bird’s nest

Yellow-Headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima) caught in the act of piercing the nest of a Yellow…

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One year in, one year to go

While I have been experimenting with camera traps in south Trinidad for several years now,…

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The Moth Trap

Unfortunately I have not been able to spend as much time on this website as…

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Asa Wright’s Legacy

One of my fond memories as a child was reading an article written by Williams…

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A Tale of Two Forests

Forest environments vary widely in their capacity to attract and sustain wildlife. From the dry…

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Known Unknowns

“We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are…

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Treasures in the bush

For the last few weeks I have been spending most of my free time in…

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The 2011 Christmas Bird Count

The annual Christmas Bird Count was held in Trinidad and Tobago on 2 January 2012….

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Unfamiliar faces

It took me just about 15 minutes to drive to the South Oropouche Lagoon (SOL)…