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Alternative Name: Caroni Swamp Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad
This area is a large mangrove swamp with brackish water. The main claim to fame is the roosting and nesting Scarlet Ibis which may approach 18000-20000 in number. Mangrove specialists are commonly found in the area.
Scarlet Ibis, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Bicolored Conebill, Red-rumped Woodpecker, and Black-crested Antshrike are some of the main attractions. There are also good chances of seeing Osprey and Peregrine Falcon; the latter is the main predator of the Scarlet Ibis.
Birds you can see here include:
Tree Boa snakes are often seen.
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Several boat companies compete for the business of taking people out into the swamp; the main attraction is the evening flight of Scarlet Ibis to the roosting islands in the large lagoon, where they will be lit by the low evening light and look like they are gleeming from an inner fire. If getting in with an interested guide in a boat with not too may tourists, this can be a very rewarding experience, often allowing viewing of many of the more hidden species as well. If disappointed, it may be possible to arrange a morning trip specifically for the smaller birds.
- Information given by a boat guide on the swamp 2010