Lying just across the Straits of Florida, the Bahamas are home to more than 21 species that have rarely or never been recorded in the US. Our tour visits three of the richest islands, where all of these 21 West Indian specialties can be found. We'll begin on Abaco; with its extensive Caribbean Pine forest and mixed hardwood coppice, it is home to many species including the endemic Bahama Yellowthroat, Cuban Pewee, and the Bahamian subspecies of Cuban Parrot. And while hummingbirds are few, they include the sparkling Cuban Emerald and the endemic, purple-and-rose-gorgeted Bahama Woodstar.
From Abaco we'll travel to Eleuthera Island. Among the birding highlights are the oversized Great Lizard-Cuckoo that haunts the tall coppice, and possibly a Kirtland's Warbler, an endangered species recently found wintering on just a few islands. (We have found at least one and as many as eight individuals of this rare warbler on each of our tours since 2009!) In the process, we'll have time to enjoy some West Indian butterflies including such beauties as the Atala and Polydamas Swallowtail, along with another 30 species or so that we have recorded on our trips. In 2015, we began traveling to the island of Andros to see the endemic Bahama Oriole, found only here (now extirpated from Abaco) with a population estimated to be around 250 individuals.
So, if island endemics, pink sand beaches, eating cracked conch, and trying Kalik beer all sound like a good time (they are), then join us in the Bahamas!
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2019 sample (PDF)
- 2021 (PDF expected Jun 2020)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2021, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Mar 13-17, 2021
Guided by: Jesse Fagan
Tour Manager: Karen Turner
Tour Limit: 6
Status: Waitlisted - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Enjoy looking through the 5 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!