Whether he did or didn’t, here’s a few cool ideas to spend a gift certificate or just a credit card on.
I wish I had one of these in the Caribbean!
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (LOL)!
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Over the last year, I was getting overwhelmed by spam comments and very few legitimate ones. With a major trip (Ecuador, Colombia, Caribbean & the USA) looming, I was messing around trying to stop the spam and ended up turning the whole comment system off. I had intended to fix this after returning from the trip but then things happened in my personal life and I just never got around to it. In the past, the spam just overwhelmed the legit commenters and I was exhausted. This is just a hobby blog, I am not a full time professional blogger.
Anyway, in the New Year, I want to change that and want to make it easier for real commenters to post but still keep out spammers and decided to give Disqus a try. I think their anti-spam blocking is better than anything I could come up with and I have seen this system used on many other blogs so it must be pretty good. It doesn’t appear to work on older posts (unless I did something wrong) but anyway from this point forward, comment away!
The Saint Lucia Oriole (Icterus laudabilis) is a species of bird, in the family Icteridae and genus Icterus (or American Orioles). It is endemic to Saint Lucia.
Although they can be found anywhere on St Lucia, the only place I saw them (the pair pictured above) was on Des Cartiers Trail.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ST LUCIA ORIOLES
Not sure why there aren’t more videos online, maybe they are hard to spot or people are more focused on their fellow endemic bird the St Lucia Parrot. Their coloring is very striking and they are a treat to see!
The Saint Lucia Amazon (Amazona versicolor) also known as the Saint Lucia Parrot is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. It is endemic to Saint Lucia and is the country’s national bird.
I did my best to get photos of them as they flew by in pairs but it was hard to focus on them against the green background but at least I got the colours!
This beautiful St Lucia endemic is most easily seen at Des Cartiers Trail in St Lucia.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ST LUCIA PARROTS
World Parrot Trust
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
How lucky to get this close to one!
Conservation efforts to save the parrots.
If you are island hopping around the Caribbean for birding, you need to visit some of the smaller islands that aren’t quite so easy to get to with miles. More about that later. But if you need to go to both Trinidad & St Lucia, both birding hotspots you are in luck! You can book a flight on British Airways for a mere 4500 Avios! It’s a huge 777 with full service and business class if you want to spring for 9000 Avios.
I didn’t have enough Avios for business but I did get a quick look at the cabin as we passed through.
Somehow I managed to snag the first row of economy (maybe an elite got upgraded) and the roominess was a real luxury which I appreciated for the 1 hour flight.
Look at all that legroom!
The flight was spot on time and we soon landed at St Lucia’s larger Hewanorra (UVF) airport.