Monday, 15 December 2008

More on jacamars and on global warming.

Here is a newspaper clipping that I am glad came out, on
how trees can help global warming.I am realy thankful to
photocopyers, otherwise I couldn't put this up.

More on jacamars:
For once, I think I have all the answers to your questions. I have taken information from "Birds of Trinidad and Tobago" by Richard Ffrench.
Below excerpt lovingly typed by Mummy!!! Ahem.
"Food: insects, including flies, beetles, bees, dragonflies and butterflies. Some of the latter are quite large. Usually prey is caught in the air and brought to a perch where it is battered to death!
Description: Approximately 10.5 inches. Male underparts and band across upper breast iridescent golden green; throat white, rest of underparts chestnut; tail long (5 inches), outer feathers chestnut. Female as male but throat buff. Bill black, long, straight and very thin.
Nesting: Breeding recorded in Trinidad from February to June, especially March and April; in Tobago many nests recorded from February to July; moult is in August. The unined nest is a tunnel up to 18 inches long, usually in a sandy bank, sometimes in a termites nest, a few feet above the ground, or even in the earth round the roots of a fallen tree. Clutch is usually three white eggs, both parents incubate alternately during the day, the female at night."
Mummy signing out.....
Many thanks to my mum for typing as I called.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

The Dragon Dream By:Sam

Dangerous teeth and scary roar
Run in through my bedroom door
Amazing fire burns the bed
Gush of flame so scarlet red
Overhead I hear my mother
"Now get up chas, and wake your brother"

I was sitting in class,"Listening"to the teacher talking about math, when I got bored. "FFFlip"Over the book's cover went, and I came up with this poem. Enjoy!


I am having problems blogging. I have a lot of homework so I do not have much time to blog. Sam spends all his computer time playing games and Max is too young to understand blogging.

I was trying to light a fire,when I looked up and saw a beautiful jacamar. These birds build their nests in the ground and eat bugs.

They are beautiful birds and I hope to see him again. I managed to get a few shots of him. Note the way he seems to "Pose" in front of the camera.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

A snake feeding


Today I found a lora (a thin green snake) eating a large tree frog . I climbed to the top of the tree to get a closer look and realised how (as you can see in the photo) the snakeskin stretched and the scales spread out when the frog was in it's mouth. The snake may not look green and I would have agreed with you if I had not seen the real thing.

I expect you will want to know how the lora catches its prey. After seeing this one, it is not at all hard to write. The lora curles up and makes sure that the prey can't escape. It then lunges for the head. The surprised animal struggles and secretes poison but the snake is immune to the frog's defences.

Gradually, the snake unhinges it's jaws and works the finally dead frog down its throat, the animal staying there as a lump. We do not know how long it stays there. The lump eventually goes away, leaving the snake to do as it wishes.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Juniper Ink

Guanaguanare, thank you for your interesting question:

"Chas, Sam and Max, this is the Trinbagonian blog that I have been waiting for all my life! I have added it to my list of blogs and I will visit you often. Now, I am in need of your help. Can you tell me what is the local name of the plant that the Amerindians use to dye their skin black? The botanical name is "Genipa americana" and apparently the dye is now in demand for body tattoing. Unlike some other black dyes which are poisonous, this dye, which the Tainos called "jagua", is not. The other good thing is that it fades after 15 days which makes it perfect for temporary tattoos. I am relying on your knowledge of the rainforest to discover what Trinbagonians call this plant as I have been told that it grows in T&T."

The Trinbagonian name is just Juniper , it grows in South and Central Trinidad.
Deer and manicou eat the fruit. The dye is found in the seed of the fruit.
We will experiment in the dry season and we would be glad if you could come.
PS. do you eat freshwater fish?

This image was taken from "Native Trees of Trinidad and Tobago" by Victor Quesnel and T. Frances Farrell. The other two were taken by Chas in Freeport, Central Trinidad.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Down The Islands

This summer, we went Down The Islands. This picture was taken of an Eagle Ray under the jetty at Avees in Collens Bay, Monos. Our names are Chas, Sam and Max.
This website was created because we know all about tropical rainforests and the sea around Trinidad and Tobago. We have lots of pets like fresh water fish including crustaceans. We also have many chickens. We have two pet manicous, three cats, three dogs and sometimes, we get HUGE SPIDERS and SNAKES!
If you have any questions on the rainforest or the sea, please comment and we would love to help you.