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Birding Trip to Jamaica -- January 2012

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January 13. Black River.

After an early start, we arrived in the town of Quick Step just after sunrise and hiked out an old road used mostly by farmers and goat herders hiking into the forest. The birding was good, and we saw more lizard cuckoos, todys, Caribbean Dove, and the last of our 28 endemic species: Ring-tailed Pigeon.

At mid-day, we toured the Appleton Run Factory. It was an interesting place that produces huge amounts of alcohol. The grounds had interesting birds, lizards, and beetles.

In the afternoon, we birded the Black River Morass, an area of freshwater ponds and marshes where we saw West Indian Whistling Ducks, Least Bittern, Sora Rails, Purple Gallinules, Limpkin, Northern Jacana, and Black-headed Munia.

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Beginning of the Quick Step Trail
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Goats and their herder pass us on Quick Step Trail
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Cockpit Country is a jumble of hills and depressions
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Sad Flycatcher along Quick Step Trail
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Liz by a garden patch of yellow yams growing on poles
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Farmers along Quick Step Road
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Goat in field along Quick Step Road
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Jamaican Woodpecker along Quick Step Road
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Appleton Estate Rum Tour Entrance
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Appleton Estate Rum Tour, Aging Room
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Appleton Estate Rum Tour, Tasting Room
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Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum since 1749
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Appleton Estate Rum Tour, very cool boring beetle
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Appleton Estate Rum Tour, another little friend
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Upper Black River Morass, ponds
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Upper Black River Morass, Black River
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Dragonfly at Upper Black River Morass
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West Indian Whistling Ducks
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Sunset birding at Upper Black River Morass
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Sunset at Upper Black River Morass

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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