Caroni Swamp National Park
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Where to spot hundreds of Scarlet Ibis in Trinidad
Typically found in South America and the Caribbean, the scarlet ibis are brilliant creatures that are both unmistakable yet hard to capture. In Trinidad, the best spot to see hundreds of scarlet ibis (you’ll feel as though you’re in a dream), is the Caroni Swamp, the second largest mangrove in Trinidad, Tobago. Located on the west coast of the island, it is south of Port of Spain, and home to Nanan Eco Tours. If you want an idyllic afternoon brushing shoulders with hundreds of mangroves, the occasional Cayman (which looks like an alligator), and the scarlet ibis which is the national bird of Trinidad, head over to Nanan Bird Tours which are offered each day at 4:00pm. This is the best time to spot the ibis as they are flying back during dusk to nestle and sleep in the mangrove trees. You’ll glide down the emerald green waters of the swamp in a little boat that seats around 30 passengers, and pass by dozens of mangrove trees with their gnarly roots. The magic truly happens when you’re out in the clear, face to face with mud flats which make it easier for the birds to catch crabs. In the distance are the blueish, violet mountain peaks, and at dusk when the sun starts to set we saw over 300 birds fly down in groups, like a splash of red. Nanan’s Eco Tours are an excellent way for you to get acquainted with the rich avian landscape Trinidad has to offer. Return by 6:00pm after being enriched by the countless aquatic, amphibian and avian creatures you’ll see.
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