Little Togabo - Red-Billed Tropicbirds
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The begin of the seabird breeding season is November with the peak from December to February. In March and April, you already spot fewer tropicbirds breeding under bushes. These months are also the best ones to spot boobies breeding.
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.
The uninhabited island is located east of Tobago close to Speyside and is called Little Tobago Island. There are several boat tours offered some include snorkeling afterward which we enjoyed. A guided tour leads along the island to several places and lookouts. It's a great opportunity to spot tropicbirds at their nest relatively close. Also, other seabirds can be seen as different species of boobies and frigatebirds. The frigatebirds harass boobies, pelicans, and gulls until they drop their catch.
Facts About the Red-Billed Tropicbird
- This one is the largest of the three different species which is named after its crimson beak.
- The juvenile beak is yellow.
- The two long streaming tail feathers give the bird a special looking and the male ones are longer.
- They are highly pelagic and spend most of their time over the open ocean. They come onto land, remote islands, for breeding only.
- Tropicbirds lay a single egg on the ground or rock. The incubation takes 42-44 days.
- They breed after around 5 years for the first time in loose colonies.
- Their main prey is fish and quid.
- The lifespan of the tropicbirds is on average 16 years.