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Caroni Bird Sanctuary " My Third Nature Trip with my sister"

Updated on August 19, 2014

This was my third nature tour guide trip with my sister since she came for vacation with her husband. She haven't been home in almost fourteen years, its her first visit since she left in 2000.

when we now started  sailing through the Caroni Swamp
when we now started sailing through the Caroni Swamp | Source
The tiny red and white spots are birds on the trees in the far distance.
The tiny red and white spots are birds on the trees in the far distance. | Source
Caroni Swamp
Caroni Swamp | Source

I made reservations for my sister, her husband and some other family members, along with my best friend to visit the Caroni Bird Sanctuary on Saturday 16th August 2014. I wanted to visit this bird sanctuary for years now but never did because I am petrified of rivers, lakes, seas etc. for some strange reason I always feel the boat will turn over and i will drown ha ha ha.

People on the boat we were in
People on the boat we were in | Source
The Caroni Swamp at nights
The Caroni Swamp at nights | Source
The boats that take you through the swamp
The boats that take you through the swamp | Source

I've always wanted to learn to swim ,but because of my fear for the water I could never see myself doing it. That's the reason why I keep my distance from the water . I enjoy the lovely sceneries from the shore, however for this adventure I decided to challenge my fear and make the trip on the boat through the swamp. I’d tell you a little secret though I still asked my friend to walk with her life jacket, just in case something went wrong. Shhh please don’t tell anyone!!!

We had to be there like 3:40 p.m. for the latest as the boat was leaving 4:00 p.m. The trip would be like two and a half hours. My sisters, mother, nephew, brother-in-law and I reached on time, however my grandparents was a bit late they were bring my friend. While waiting to get unto the boat I kept seeing vehicles coming into the sanctuary car park, I was getting worried. I was wondering how all these people will fit on the six boats i saw in the water.

Snaked coiled up in the Tree
Snaked coiled up in the Tree | Source
My Eldest sister and our brother-in-law sitting right next to her
My Eldest sister and our brother-in-law sitting right next to her | Source
Men setting trap for crabs in the boat
Men setting trap for crabs in the boat | Source

Caroni Bird Sanctuary

My little sister Cherene & Granny next to her
My little sister Cherene & Granny next to her | Source
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To my surprise everyone fitted and the boat left from the jetty ,for some strange reason I was calmer than I thought I would have been, my fear for the water/drowning left me but not quite, lol. We sailed through the mangrove, which around this time of the year have crabs by the millions hatching. The swamp water is very dirty so you cannot see the fishes etc in it really.

We saw one snake which was coiled over head while the boat passed under it. The ride was lengthy but cool, sometimes the sun was very hot but because it’s the mangrove and we have to pass under trees at times. We were unable to open our umbrellas all the way. This trip was really to see the birds, especially the Scarlet Ibis which is our country’s National Bird they usually fly to Venezuela everyday to feed and head back to Trinidad around 6:00 p.m where they spend the rest of the night in the sanctuary.

The boat eventually anchored and the captain was telling us about the different types of birds that live in the sanctuary. While he was speaking we kept seeing the Scarlet Ibis birds and some white ones flying in and taking their positions on the trees. We were asked to keep quiet or speak softly because if we make noise the birds will fly away. The site was so pretty from seeing a pure green tree being decorated red and white.

I must admit i thought the trip would have been more adventurous because sometimes there are more huge snakes wrapped up in the trees and caymans can be seen in the water. However the day we choose to go did not have any. I am afraid of snakes but just wanted the excitement of seeing them so up close and personal on the boat. My little sister is afraid of a lot of animals and insects so i wanted to see her reaction

~Joanna Chandler copyright © 2014 all rights reserved

Other people in the Bird Sanctuary
Other people in the Bird Sanctuary | Source
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The swamp @ night when we almost reached back
The swamp @ night when we almost reached back | Source
Scarlet Ibis birds in the sanctuary
Scarlet Ibis birds in the sanctuary | Source

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey AliciaC i am so happy you like my hub and took time to read it :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a beautiful and enjoyable trip. I would love to visit the bird sanctuary. Congratulations for getting in the boat when you're afraid of water!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey Genna darling thanks for your warm and lovely comment ;) i appreciate it. Have a happy Saturday evening.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What an enjoyable trip; thank you for the tour, Joanna. :-) I loved the photos…it is wonderful that your sister came home and shared this experience with you. (The snakes would have frightened me a bit…I am terrified of them.) How breathtaking to see these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. The Scarlet Ibis are stunning! The mangroves do look cool, and I am glad they provided some shade in that hot sun.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Ha ha ha Jackie at Possessions yes she went her foot is hot she always want to go everywhere then gets tired of it fast.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I am sure she is loving it there in such a beautiful place but we all get unsettled being away from home too long; wondering how all our possessions are doing, lol.

      Oh I just noticed granny went too! That is so great. Hope she enjoyed herself!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey Jackie no she returns home on the 1st of september. I am just busy lately need to write more . Granny was happy to see her. I guess in some ways she did but you know how everyone is working she is not getting to explore much. Plus i think she is missing the life she has grown accustomed to.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Is your sister gone now; did she have a good visit? What did grandma think? Did she enjoy her visit?

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Peachpurple or okay. I have been in the bigger boat "vessels" a number of times to go to the other island "Tobago" . The small ones i have been in one five times they are scary as its so low in the water and most have no hoods.

      Thanks for coming by :)

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i tried boating once, choppy waves gave me nausea

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi nell don't know how this comment never came to my email. Thanks much

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      What a great trip Jo! I love your photos, and good for you for going in that boat even though you don't like the water! the red birds in the trees are amazing! what a great read! nell

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Good day Audrey thank you for your kind words :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      What a wonderful tribute to you and to your family--thank you for sharing this with us--and I too think that beauty runs in your family!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Good morning grand old lady thanks much for your warm comment. It was okay its been years since i haven't been in one of those small boats. Yep i ensured that vest was on the boat lol but they had anyhow.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      What a beautiful family you have. It was nice to know the person behind all your hubs, Lady Fiddler. I'm also glad that you conquered your fears of water and reptiles, haha. And you were smart about making sure that your friend kept her life vest. The swamp is lovely, it must have been a fantastic nature trip.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Good morning uncle Frankie good to see you again as always :) Thanks a mil

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hello again Faith yes its a blessing to see her all so grown up, she is more mature than me physically so she looks older in that sense. I have been busy all morning writing up work . UGH! When will my prince past for me so i can be whisked away and not work again. I'd work at home lol, i guess it's because we were not made to work but be free again its what sin brought us to.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      lady thank you for sharing your nature hike with us looka likw u had so much fun girl :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Okay, lovely young lady! I hear you, only weekends for me too : ( Well, at least you made good use of your weekend, and what a blessing for your sister to be able to visit. I hope she is able to visit you more often now, or you her too.

      Blessings

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Oh Faith you got me cracking up nooooo i took them saturday i wish i had day offs during the week it would have been nice. Too bad its just the lousy weekend. I raked out that pic its just over a year or so old . Thanks much for your beautiful words ;)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      You have a lovely family! I am so jealous as I was stuck in my office all day long lol. I am so glad you were able to take off from work while your sister is visiting. Thank you for taking us along on your nature trip with your family to Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Your photos are amazing. Yikes on that snake ... it looks like it is going to drop on your heads from that angle! Oh, you need to take swimming lessons in shallow water like a pool.

      Love your new profile photo. Beauty does run in the family.

      Voted up ++++ and away

      Hugs

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi jackie thanks much for your lovely comment. Lol at the looks part ha ha ha. Yeah i did see a snake but if it had fallen into the boat i would have freaked out or swim by force. Oh no i forgot it have in the water also ugh!!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I guess looks runs in the family! Very pretty sister and what a cute smile. Hey you did get a picture if the snake!!! I didn't really think you did; I figured you would be too afraid! This is great. All across; up and shared.