Free Info for Self Guided Tour
Dominica is home to 162 species of birds. These birds
generally choose to nest in the dry season and some nest, sometimes much later
in the mountainous areas. The book by James Bond; "Birds of the West
Indies", is suggested and gives a more detailed list as well a thorough
description of these beautiful and exotic birds that you will encounter here on
our beautiful island; Dominica.
Packages include transfers, breakfast and dinner daily, 5 bird watching excursions and all taxes and service charges
Arrive in Dominica with one of the Caribbean Carriers. LIAT, Air Guadeloupe, WinAir, Air Martinique, Cardinal Air, Helen Air, American Eagle and the Caribbean Express Ferry which all come to Dominica from getaways such as Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten linking with all major international carriers. Transfer to the hotel of your choice.
SYNDICATE FOREST RESERVE
Depart early to walk through The Syndicate Forest Reserve at the foot of the islands highest mountain, Morne Diablotin. Early morning hours have been known to offer the best opportunity to see the exotic Amazonian (arausiaca) parrots like the endangered Imperial (known locally as the Sisserou), or the Red Necked (known locally as the Jaco) feeding in their natural habitat on local fruits and Bois Mang. The Sisserou is found only in Dominica and is also featured on the Dominica National Flag. These birds can grow to the ripe old age of 70 or more. Perhaps only 60 or more of these colorful birds remain in the wild.
A tour of Portsmouth followed by a canoe cruise up Dominica's wildest river, lined with mangroves, this is where you can spot the Hummingbirds, Green and White Herons, Plumbeous Warbler, common Moorhen, Bananaquit and the Cuckoo among others. Parrots have been known to be spotted along the river also.
FRESH WATER LAKE/ WORLD HERITAGE SITE
On to Laudat to the Fresh Water Lake to the edge of the World Heritage Site. Popular parrots and birds like the Siffleur Montagne, Choueque, Forest Thrush, Hummingbirds, Kingfisher, Warblers, Herons, Plovers, Sandpipers, Terns, Zenida Dove, Red Necked Pigeon, Wild Ducks, Great Blue Heron among others have been sited at the World Heritage Site.
Drive to Laudat and then an hour and a half walk to the Middleham Falls there you may hear the varied and beautiful song of the Mountain Whistler, observe the Purple-Throated Carib Hummingbird and the Antillean Crested Hummingbird feeding from the flowers. The Mangrove Cuckoo, the Green Heron, and the smooth billed Ani are other beautiful birds to see.
THE AVERY AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
Drive to Roseau to the Botanical Gardens and walk around this natural habitat. See endangered Imperial (known locally as the Sisserou) to be found only in Dominica; or Red Necked (known locally as Jaco), in the Avery. Other birds such as the Grey King Bird, Green Back Heron, Green-Throated Hummingbird, Yellow Warbler, Banana Quite, Smooth Billed Ani can also be seen in and around the Botanical Gardens.
Free day for relaxing and shopping
Day Eight - Transfer to airport/ferry
Most of our birds are protected by law and are therefore not allowed to be hunted at any time.
There is also an interesting selection of insects, crabs, reptiles, small mammals, amphibians, butterflies and moths to observe.
The good news is that we have no poisonous snakes or insects on our island.
In accordance with the National Parks Unit, site passes need to be purchased at USD 2.00 per person per site, for persons wanting to do tours and these can be bought at the Hotel or on site where available. For long stay clients Weekly passes and Day passes are also available. human hair wigs