Birdwatchers have an opportunity to experience a new addition to the already intriguing local hummingbird species—the garden emerald (Amazilia fimbriata). The rare species was discovered by Dr Theodore Ferguson, owner of Yerette (Amerindian word for hummingbird), a sanctuary for birdwatchers, located in the Maracas Valley.
On October 8, whilst in his garden, Ferguson, a bird photographer, agricultural scientist and leadership development educator, saw a strange hummingbird that he didn’t recognise at first. He snapped some photos and began his research, which led him to conclude it was in fact the glittering-throated emerald. The bird’s identity has also since been confirmed by other local and international experts.
“Having researched and photographed all of the hummingbirds of Trinidad and Tobago for many years, it was easy to recognise a new hummingbird—the glittering-throated emerald. Within two hours, my research led me to conclude that it was the glittering-throated emerald,” Ferguson said.