We first visited this reserve about 5 years ago when our cruise ship stopped off at Tobago for one day. As keen birders I had done the research so we took a cab there from the ship @ the reasonable price of £30 uk. The driver agreed for this price to wait for us for 2 to 3 hours at the reserve
When we arrived we at first thought how fantastically green and alive it was and seemingly undisturbed by humans
The grassy paths were maintained very well throughout the whole reserve and we took the circular walk from the reception building (unmanned) up to the high ridge then round and down again
We had sightings of Chacalacca Blue crowned motmot Blue grey Tanager hummingbirds and flycatchers
Back at the main entrance we saw feeding bananaquits tanagers and lots of doves. The reserve is very tranquil and we only met one other couple whom were birders too we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and I thought it the highlight of our whole 2 week carribean cruise
Our second visit was during our 2 week stay on tobago June 2012 @ the Magdalena grand resort hotel which in itself is paradise for birders.
Sadly the reserve was more run down than 5 years earlier and the only paths kept clear were within 20 metres of reception.We still had an amazing time as we saw the same birds again plus more besides including a barred antshrike
The lady whom left this old plantation to the birds evidently thought it paradise too. She left strict instructions that the land never be built on and that the birds were to be fed daily. We drove there a few times during our 2 weeks and caught the afternoon feed on one occasion. The guy responsible for this task knows how to call the motmots to feed although feeding them cake etc is surely not good for them but they love it and upon hearing his call swiftly silently and gracefully appear within a few minutes
I hope it remains as is forever and despite not being able to trek around the original circuit would deffo visit again if I am ever there in the future. It is a very special place and holds good memories of Tobago for me
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