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  Vaughan Turland RAJ Tours Birding Jamaica Jamaica Anytime English
  Red-billed Streamertail

Birding and Eco-tourism specialist, Reliable Adventures Jamaica was formed in 2003. It was born out of a passion for caring for the environment and a desire to create international awareness of our vast treasure house of endemic flora and fauna. Even today, new species of plant, snake and insect are being discovered here in the near inaccessible rugged interior of our tiny island.

Our well trained, friendly guides give top quality tours for experts and beginners alike. They have an intimate knowledge of the local area and its natural history – not just birds, also butterflies, plants and associated folklore.

Jamaica Tourism Board
Our tours are licensed by Jamaica’s Tourism Product Development Company.
Jamaican Mango Hummingbird

Jamaica has 29 wonderful endemic birds. That is more than any other island in the Caribbean. It offers excellent birding in a wide range of mountain or lowland forest and wetland habitats. In all, we have around 300 species including a large number of winter visitors, transients and vagrants that can be observed depending on the season.

In winter, through migration, we nearly double the number of species in Jamaica. These migrants can arrive in August and remain here until May.

For birders from North America, it is a good opportunity to see species that do not occur in their home territory, whilst for guests from Europe, the winter season is an ideal time to visit and to catch the mainly North American influx of warblers, wetland and shorebirds. Many of the species that come at this time add to our own resident populations.

In early spring (March/April), we have a few species that migrate to Jamaica to breed here (Black Whiskered Vireo, Caribbean Martin, Antillean Night Hawk).


Please see our website www.jamaicabirding.com
Jamaican Tody

TYPICAL ITINERARY
Day 1
9 a m. Met by your guide and driver at Montego Bay, accommodation. Wintering water birds and opportunity for West Indian Whistling Duck at Bogue Lagoon. Visit Rocklands Hummingbird Sanctuary at Anchovy for close up views of Red-billed Streamertail, Mango Hummingbird, Orangequit and many more. Then mountain drive to Bluefields for lunch and afternoon birds at Bluefields Mountain IBA. Transfer to south coast accommodation. equivalent)
Lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 2
Early start for visit to Dean’s Valley Forest Reserve and then in woodlands above Whitehouse in the afternoon. Of the 29 Jamaican endemic species, we have observed 21 in these areas, plus a further 13 endemic subspecies. Among the regular favourites on our tours in this area are the: Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Spindalis, Orangequit, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Pewee, Olive-throated Parakeet, Northern Potoo (sometimes seen at day time roost), Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Woodpecker, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Arrowhead Warbler, Greater Antillean Bullfinch.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included


Day 3
Travel to Port Antonio (approx. 4 hours) accommodation. Afternoon birds at Ecclesdown (subject to arrival time) and in hotel grounds and wooded environs down to the sea shore, including Black-billed Streamertail humming bird, Jamaican Oriole, White-chinned Thrush, Jamaican Spindalis. Evening search for Jamaican Owl at hotel.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included


Day 4.
Early start for birding at northern Ecclesdown Road, in the Blue and John Crow Mountains. National Park. Target birds include endangered Jamaican Blackbird, near-endangered Crested Quail Dove, Ring-tailed Pigeon, Black-billed Parrot, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo Blue Mountain Vireo, Vervain Hummingbird, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Elaenia, Arrowhead Warbler, Yellow-shouldered Grassquit, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Olive-throated Parakeet, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Jamaican Crow, and other of the 29 endemics that are in this area.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included


Day 5.
Morning, White-tailed Tropic Birds at Hectors River (March/April). The morning and afternoon birding between the gardens at spectacular Reach Falls and southern Ecclesdown in John Crow and Blue Mountain IBA. Lunch at Long Bay. Target birds for the day include Jamaican Blackbird, Crested Quail Dove, Blue Mountain Vireo, Jamaican Tody, Yellow-billed Parrot, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Spindalis, Jamaican Euphonia, White-chinned Thrush, White-eyed Thrush and Orangequit, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Pewee, Red-tailed Hawk and more.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included


Day 6
Subject to flight departure times. Early morning endemic birds on tracks at Fairy Hill/Goblin Hill and accommodation environs. Shore birds at Salt Marsh. Depart accommodation. Transfer to Montego Bay.

Breakfast. Overnight not included in tour fee


Optional additional days

Day 1 Portland Bight for Bahama Mockingbird
Portland Cottage and Portland Bight for Bahama Mockingbird in dry limestone forest. Good range of endemics including Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo and migrant warblers. Shorebirds including Clapper Rail, White Ibis and winter visitors. (Seasonal availability only).

Day 2 Black River Upper Morass
is part of Jamaica's largest wetland and an IBA. Present in the area are very rare residents including the Spotted Rail and Yellow-breasted Crake. Also at the site, West Indian Whistling Ducks, Masked Duck, Limpkin, Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule and many others are also there. Migrants include Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and often flocks of Hirundines. Good numbers of wintering warblers are also present. In the late morning, we move to Black River and the Parottee Great Morass to check out wintering waders and ducks. Blue-winged Teal are the most common the saline mud flats. Rarities in the migration periods can include Flamingos, Avocets, Phalaropes. (Seasonal availability only).



Included:
Guides, all ground transportation within Jamaica (from Day 1 to Day 6 only), all entrance fees to specified sites, specified accommodation, daily meal plan as indicated, with two course dinner.

On early start days breakfast may be a pre-prepared snack and beverage. Light one course lunches or snacks will be taken at local restaurants on a daily basis.Transfers to and from Montego Bay international airport on tour start and finish days only.


Excluded: Any meals not itemized in the itinerary. Gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, airport departure tax (usually included in your air ticket purchase), or international airfare, originating bank electronic transfers. Overnight, meals and transport to accommodation if you arrive before the first day of the tour, or remain after the tour. Hotel Accommodation

Basis, 5 nights total.
Regular Price
6 Days tour price is based on 2 persons/double room – from US$ 1675 (May to October) US$ 1,785 (November to April) per person. Single room supplement US$250.

Fixed Date Tours (minimum 6 persons)
6 Days tour price is based on 2 persons/double room – from US$ 1615 Single room supplement US$250.




A Sutton Kingston Anytime English
Robert Sutton: Co-author of "Birds of Jamaica a photographic field guide" (Cambridge University Press) and "Bird Songs of Jamaica" (Cornell Lab. of Ornithology) has been leading major bird tours in Jamaica for more than 30 years.
Fees: US$200/day.

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