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Birding

Birdwatching or birding is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds.

The scarlet ibis can be spotted throughout the year in the protected Caroni Swamp. A larger number of these bright red birds can be seen roughly from mid-October to March. Each evening the scarlet ibis roost in the Caroni Swamp. It is a popular spectacle. Therefore, several boats leave the dock in the afternoon around 4 pm. The tour last up to 2 1/2 hours. Kayaking is also offered. 

Scarlet Ibis and White Egret in the Caroni Swamp

The breeding season lasts from April to late September. Fewer numbers are seen in the roosting area. They return around mid-October to the swamp.

Weather

The dry season from January to May is the best time for your vacation on Trinidad and Togabo. Showers can occur throughout the year. During the rainy season, it may frequently rain each day, but the sky clears up in between. There is often a short break between mid-September until mid-October Luckily, Trinidad and Tobago are south of the hurricane belt and hardly experience any hurricane, but it can happen as it did in September 1963 and September 2004. Trinidad is more likely to be affected between August and September.

Weather Port of Spain from 1991-2015
Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall for Port of Spain from 1991-2015

Crowds

The dry season from Jan to May is likewise the peak season. It's less crowded from October until Christmas when the temps are cooler. Regarding weather and crowds, November and December are a good alternative.

Tip for Birders

Don't miss the Oilbirds in the Cumaca Cave!

TT Trinidad and Tobago

The best time of day for birding is the morning. Don't go too early, otherwise mosquito might eat you up.

The best months are November until April in the dry season. Rainy season from July until October is not recommended, as areas can be flooded. Shoulder season May and June, showers may occur but easier to find a casa without booking in advance. July and August are the Cuban school holiday.

CU Cuba

Early in the morning or late in the afternoon to beat the crowds. In general prefer the dry season from December to April.

CR Costa Rica

The quetzal is more abundant from October to January but anyway you can see it all year round. Very early is best before too many people disturb the shy quetzal.

CR Costa Rica

It frequently rains here at Sinharaja. The best months with less precipitation are January to March and August, September. Anyhow, if you visit Sri Lanka, it's a must to come here with a minimum stay of one night rather two. Sinharaja is a biodiversity hotspot with endemic trees, wildlife, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. One of the rare places with a stunning primary tropical rainforest. 

Weather

Primary tropical rainforest in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site

The Sinharaja rainforest is affected by the southwest monsoon with heavy rainfall from May to July and the northeast monsoon from November to January. Driest months and the best time to travel from January/February until March. April, and August to October expect more precipitation but still worth a try. Located at the island’s wet zone, rain can always occur also in the drier season. Where there is rainforest there is rain. The annual rainfall ranges from 3000 up to 6000 mm. Night temps are above 20°C / 68° F and day temps are almost 30° C /  86° F with an average humidity of 85%.

A kangaroo jumping lizard in the Siharaja forest

Needless to say to watch birds you need to be there very early. To spot a frogmouth sleeping ask your guide. Usually, they know where to find this rare to spot nightjars.

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