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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 16:28   #1
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Jamaica, January or February 2020

I am looking for a few more people to join a 6 day birding tour (using local companies) in January or February next year. Esp. looking for a female companion to avoid the single supplement.

I should also mention, I would like to do birding with photography and at a fairly relaxed pace to just enjoy being in the outdoors.

I prefer to go with a local company. Has anyone booked a tour with Arrowhead or RAJ in Jamaica before?

thanks! Brenda
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Old Tuesday 15th October 2019, 01:04   #2
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Hey Brenda, I would be good for something like that! Though I am an older man. I've looked at this tour for years,

https://www.gcjamaica.com/green-cast...ng-tour-dates/

But I'm not committed to it. I've not researched any other tour operators in Jamaica, would consider anything else.
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 01:18   #3
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Hi Swiffly! I took a look at the link - definitely interesting. And it looks like they already have others registered as the site says for the 14th to 21st February 2020-3 places left. But how do you read their Green Castle Birding Tour - do you stay on their estate or venture elsewhere?
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 00:51   #4
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As I understand it their package cost includes a trip to the Blue Mountains for high elevation birds and they think the rest of the endemics can be found on their property. An email to clarify it would be smart.

My general approach is pretty casual, including renting a car for myself and following my own nose. I think they would do whatever we asked them to. What I like about it is having a place to sleep and food, without having to do any more research. I am pretty bad at finding hotels up front, that part is appealing to me, though food is generally pretty easy to find.
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 19:40   #5
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Highly recommend green castle. The grounds are extensive and I connected with 13 endemics there. The rest were found in the blue and John crow mountains. I put a brief report in the trip reports forum.
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Old Monday 21st October 2019, 01:11   #6
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Thanks much Trystan, gives me a better idea of the experience. I agree with the "paying a little more" for the convenience idea. Here's a link for Brenda if she hasn't tracked it down already:

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=373134
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Old Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 00:55   #7
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Thanks for the link Swiffly. Great report Trystan aka Rob. Will look again at Green Castle.
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