This section has been reorganised to sub-divide the various expeditions listed in the drop-down menu for this page into LAND and SEA The items below are additional bits and pieces of information that may be of interest to the adventurous…
REGGIE PATTERSON an 8th generation Bahamian and a very experienced birder, has set up a website to promote his ABACO NATURE TOURS The site is still being completed, but you will find his contact details under (amazingly) the heading ‘CONTACT’.
RICKY JOHNSON died tragically young in 2012, aged 49, after an illness that rapidly overtook him. I have purposely left all references to him on this site. His vitality and enthusiasm for the natural history of Abaco, and his wonderful guiding abilities, will not be forgotten.
ABACO NATURE TOURS with Ricky Johnson
Reluctant as I am to give Ricky even more publicity that he gets already – including passim in this blog – his Nature Tours are seriously good, and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the flora, fauna, geology and history of Abaco are unrivalled. If you want to see a parrot close-up, understand a blue hole or learn which trees and shrubs are poisonous (and which are the antidotes) he is undoubtedly your man. He will even show you birds where you have completely failed to see any & believe there are none
BIRD CHECKLIST FOR RICKY JOHNSON’S ECO TOUR (March 2011) (Note impressive number of boxes ticked in one day, and how very effective he is as a guide!…)
This is a tempter. Please see dedicated drop-down menu on this EXPLORE page for full details, including plenty of parrot photos
The National Parks of Abaco
Abaco National Park Created in 1994, it encompasses over 20,500 acres of pine forest / coppice and is the principal habitat for the endangered Bahama Parrot and other important species of Bahamian wildlife. The tract covers a large area of the Great Abaco water table and has significant recreational value for the people of Abaco.
Black Sound Cay Nature Reserve This two acre mangrove reserve is nestled in the harbour of Abaco’s historic Green Turtle Cay. The reserve was established in 1988 to protect a vital waterfront ecosystem and wildlife.
Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park A 2,100 acre area just north of Cherokee Sound in Great Abaco that contains stunning undersea caves, extensive coral reefs and is noted for its fish, plant and bird life.
Tilloo Cay National Park Acquired by the Trust through private donation, this 11 acre area encompasses a tropical wilderness shoreline of outstanding beauty. Exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, the area is an important sea bird nesting site.
Fowl Cay Land and Sea Park Recently created in 2009, an excellent place for reef snorkelling [I will be posting about this in due course…]
(Info mostly courtesy of Bahamas National Trust; Article “The Abaconian”)
STARTING CLOSE TO BASE CAMP you won’t need a backpack and picnic lunch for this minimal-effort exploration. You can reward yourself with a Kalik and a swim afterwards, though
CLICK LINK===>> “A STROLL AROUND THE DELPHI GARDENS”
THIS PAGE WILL CONTAIN DETAILS OF DAY / HALF DAY TRIPS, ORGANISED EXPEDITIONS, PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO SEE AND DO, AND SO FORTH. IT WILL REVEAL THE WIDER WORLD BEYOND THE DELPHI CLUB…
Items for possible inclusion are:
“To the Lighthouse” (the frankly concerning 15 mile return journey through the National Park on deteriorating track to Hole In The Wall – scarier than Virginia Woolf herself); Sandy Point; Cherokee, Little Harbour and Pete’s Pub; Marsh Harbour; Treasure Cay; Elbow Cay and Hope Town; Birding with Ricky Johnson; The Wild Horses of Abaco; Blue Holes; Reef Snorkelling & Island Hopping with Kay Politano