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GO BEYOND PROVIDENCIALES... phone, no TV, no automobiles, just peace. Nine miles of nature trails, a pristine beach and excellent snorkelling. SHOREBIRDS continued from page 168 LITTLE WATER CAY A sanctuary for Turks & Caicos rock iguanas and osprey, and a popular stop for island beach cruises. Often referred to as “Iguana Island.” Bring your camera. Guides from the National Trust will answer any questions you may have. Two boardwalks and lookouts have been installed to pro-tect these endangered iguanas and their WHAT KIND OF SHOREBIRD IS THIS? environment. A visitor centre sells native PHOTO BY KIM MORTIMER straw work, conch shells and bottled water. Your $8 / $15 entry fee goes toward preservation efforts. The island was developed as an exclusive residential community, complete with deep water port and jet runway. A National Historic Site , your charter boat captain can point out cannons lying in three feet of water just offshore, that A favourite diving destination for Provo were once poised to protect the numer-dive operations. Small sandy beaches ous Loyalist plantations in the TCI. tucked into the ironshore offer perfect picnic coves. A thriving sisal plantation in the late 1800s, some railroad tracks and One of 2 large cays, Ambergris was a whale lookout point during the mid 1800s. ruins of Yankeetown remain. I FORT GEORGE CAY WEST CAICOS AMBERGRIS CAY The greater and lesser yellowlegs are two shorebirds that at first glance can be easily confused with each other, and maybe also with another family member called the solitary sandpiper. Yellowlegs look identical except for their size, so how can one distin-guish between the characteristics of these two nearly identical birds, especially when they are spotted alone? Typically it is the differences in their bills and flight calls that are the most reliable means of telling them apart. The lesser yellowlegs bill is shorter than the greater yellowlegs, whose bill is noticeably longer than its head. However if one was to spend enough time observing and becoming better acquainted with these shorebirds one might also be able to note the different personalities between the species. Knowing that the lesser is often found in small ponds and in flocks, whereas the greater is much more of a loner might also help in differentiating between the two species. Get up close and personal with your own field experience and try to decide which of the three above-mentioned sand-pipers is in the image on this page. I SEE ANSWER PAGE 168 NORTH CAICOS Turks & Caicos Islands MIDDLE CAICOS PROVIDENCIALES WEST CAICOS TCI Ferry Services -Passengers to North Caicos 3-5 departures daily and to South Caicos two days a week 649-946-5406 / reservations@tciferry.com / www.tciferry.com 150 • • • • • SUMMER 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” TU RK S I SL A AMBERGRIS CAYS ND Caicos Express flies daily to Grand Turk and four times a week to Salt Cay 649-941-5730 / res@caicosexpressairways.com www.caicosexpressairways.com PA SS AG interCaribbean flies to Grand Turk and South Caicos 649 946-4999 / res@intercaribbean.com 649-331-3404 / charter@intercaribbean.com www.intercaribbean.com E Y CA A Y OT C AY RR LIS C AY PA L GE C Y DE OR NE CA I R GE P TE A RT W FO LE TT LI ATLANTIC OCEAN Ferry Service Flights EAST CAICOS CAICOS BANKS SOUTH CAICOS GRAND TURK SALT CAY

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