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The Brilliant Secret Hummingbird House of Trinidad
“All this wasn’t planned,” says Theo Ferguson humbly about his spacious white house, which played host to over 300 hummingbirds that flitted, swooped, darted and drank from the flowers and generous sugar water feeders. “It was a grand accident. When I decided to let the hummingbirds into my life and share it with the world, it all changed.” Theo’s house, Yerette, Home to the Hummingbird, is so hush hush that very few people know about it, and the road to access it is narrow and steep. It sits high in Maracas Valley and visitors can only view the precious hummingbirds via appointment, available thrice daily. A photographer by avocation, Theo decided to challenge his skills by taking shots of the bird most difficult to photograph (the hummingbird’s wings beat hundreds of times per second) and he calls his current position “a happy accident.” He realized he had something really special when he started attracting rare species, and 16 of the hummingbird species known to man. The name “Yerette” is American Indian for the hummingbird. Amerindians viewed the birds as sacred. As Theo spoke, dozens of hummingbirds, including the white-necked Jacobin and the rarely sighted Ruby Topaz and Tufted Coquette, flapped their tiny, busy wings and we heard a beautiful, constant buzz. A visit to Yerette costs $25 per person, which also includes a light snack and coffee/teas. Call 868 663 2623 or email to make an appointment because no walk ins are accepted.
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