Trinidad Birding
Trinidad Birding
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We specialize in Trinidad & Tobago birding
          In the early 1980s I fell in love with T&T and decided to make it my primary birding area.  I spent considerable time there and in 1986 published A Birder's Guide to Trinidad & Tobago.  Now in its third edition, that book currently is published in the UK by Prion Ltd.  The Birder's Guide helped spread the word that T&T is a fabulous birding destination.  I've led more birding tours to T&T than any other naturalist.  With more than 450 species found to date in an astonishing variety of habitats, it's still my favorite place to bird.

          About a decade ago I joined forces with Trinidad resident Martyn Kenefick, Chair of the T&T Rare Bird Committee and coauthor of the latest field guide to T&T birds.  Quite literally, Martyn and I wrote the books on birding in T&T.  Each of us has led scores of international birding tours and are both unabashedly thrilled to guide birding tours in T&T.  Our participants enjoy some of the finest birding on earth in part because we detect many species by vocalization, often the sole way to identify secretive species.  We also know exactly where to find tough species, a key factor in adding those 'lifers' to bird lists.

We offer more than just "cookie-cutter" T&T tours
          In addition to showing you the birds of T&T, on our tours we strive to share our deep knowledge of all areas of natural history as well as local culture.  We're very sensitive to the fact that most birders visit T&T only once.  These visits too often are led by general naturalists who are themselves visitors to T&T.  Martyn and I have been tromping around the islands for decades and know them intimately.  We go to great lengths to keep our expertise current and to ensure that your trip is as satisfying as possible.  We visit productive locations unknown to other birding groups.  We constantly tweak our itineraries to take quick advantage of special opportunities.  In a nutshell, we think that our tours provide the best possible T&T birding and natural history experiences available.  Our goal is to send you home with a long list of birds and a well rounded understanding of this magical place.


Birds of Trinidad & Tobago
          Second edition just out! The only field guide you need to identify all bird species ever recorded on Trinidad or Tobago, written by three extraordinary birders.



A Birdwatchers' Guide to Trinidad & Tobago
          The distillation of more than 25 years of birding experience in T&T, during both solo explorations and while leading more than 60 birding tours.




Images courtesy of Paul Thomas

We offer the lowest priced fully guided T&T birding tours
          Because we base our operations in Trinidad we are able to negotiate excellent prices with lodges and with time-tested, reliable private transportation suppliers with whom we have developed personal relationships.  You'll stay at the very best lodges and be accompanied by the top guides on both islands, yet you'll pay less than you would for tours run by other companies.  If you enjoy birding with a select group of your friends, ask us about crafting a tour especially for you and your group at our same low prices.

We offer the highest quality T&T birding tours
          We offer the only birding tours to T&T that are endorsed by the American Birding Association (ABA).  In endorsing our tours, the ABA recognizes our
  • track record of high quality birding tours
  • exceptional ability to find and identify birds
  • sincere effort to help every person in a group get a good look at each bird by calling out field marks on flying birds and helping participants improve their field birding skills and overall knowledge of birds
  • putting the interests of the birds first, those of the participants second, and ourselves last, and
  • enforcing birding etiquette throughout our trips and helping participants minimize their impact as they bird in sensitive natural areas.
We avidly promote avitourism in T&T
          On our forays we contribute directly to the local economy wherever possible.  We support local conservation efforts such as Environment Tobago and maintain active membership in the T&T Field Naturalists Club as well as in international organizations such as the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds.  We make every effort to continually demonstrate to T&T residents that conserving birds and their habitats is good for the T&T economy.  We thus hope to pass on to future generations of birders the same high level of birding that we now enjoy.

          We have had the privilege of sharing the experience of T&T birding with thousands of happy participants over the years.  We would be happy to supply you with references.
Testimonials
     "I never did tell you how much I admire your grammar. I have rarely been around anyone for a prolonged period of time who spoke as precisely and correctly (and informatively, I might add) as you. It was a definite pleasure to have accompanied you to Trinidad and Tobago. I get a thrill just thinking about my lifetime supply of Red-billed Tropicbirds!"  Bernice J., Texas

     "Just wanted you to know that I returned from an absolutely marvelous birding trip in Trinidad. The birds were great, accommodations and food almost luxurious, group was wonderful, price unbeatable, and best of all the trip leader was not only par excellent in Trinidad birding but a great organizer and person... You can see I am a bit high on this - I'll try to think of some downsides and will let you know, but don't expect to hear any."  Roz C., New York

     "We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with you to T&T. We especially appreciated how well-planned everything was and how hard you worked, both before and during the trip, to be sure that we had the best birding experience possible. Your knowledge is awesome! As a result of your diligence we added an astounding 104 bird species to our life list! Thank you for a great trip!"  Karen and Larry L., California

     "Bill, what a wonderful trip. Lynn and I had just a wonderful time. Best ever!! ... You did a wonderful job."  Tom K., North Carolina

     "Although we went with the highest possible expectations of this trip, these were exceeded rather than tuned down, which would be normal under these circumstances. So a big THANK YOU for indeed the most wonderful trip we ever had."  Marion S., The Netherlands

     "Keith mentioned, and you certainly can use this comment and any others that we've made, that is was the best trip of his life. Now that is saying something. People can't believe he is making such a strong statement about the trip, but nonetheless that's exactly what he has said. Thanks again"  Judy A., Arizona

     "Friends and associates in Logan refuse to ask me anymore about the trip; they're tired of the gushing verbal onslaught that ensues. You are a wonder of wonders, Bill, and a fine guide as well."  Val G., Utah

     "We had such a great time with you and all of the gang, it was a fabulous adventure. Cuffie River was one of the loveliest places we have stayed -- Regina and staff, swimming pool, food, birds, Desmond -- every part of it, even those noisy 'alarm clock' birds. Thank you again for your guiding expertise and putting together a wonderful experience."  Susie G., Utah
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to the best place in the world
to enjoy tropical birding!

For information, please email Bill Murphy or call (317) 849-4868

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Last updated November 25, 2014
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