After leaving Antigua (a bit delayed by rain) we headed south-west to Montserrat, home of the hemi-mythical Montserrat Oriole. Our accommodation for the three nights there was in the house of Georrge Martin of Beatles fame! He used to stay up there when his studio, Air Studios, was active, but now he and his wife come along for about a month each winter (The husband of the lovely Margaret Wilson who made our food there apparently taught Sting to windsurf while he was up there recording).
While you are pondering on me diving into GM's pool under the Caribbean sun, here are some photos...
Olveston House, George Martin's home where we had the pleasure of staying (I had Sir George's bedroom!)
Iguana grazing before he went to check out the poolside
An iguana enjoying the edge of George Martin's pool at Olveston House
Young American Kestrels in the garden of Olveston House
View south from Olveston House (the big volcano is hidden in cloud behind this smaller hill)
George Martin's Air Studios were housed in the building in the middle left of this photo (I think...)
A sort of darter, I believe
New housing in the north of the island
A Jack Spaniard wasp. The locals seem to use this name for all wasps we saw...
A pipe-living lizard
Our first Montserrat Oriole was on our guide Scriber's car...
This bug came to visit us at Ziggy's Restaurant on our last night
Scriber congratulates his cousin Stephen Daly on yet another excellent flight shot
Some kind of spiny fruit
Brown Trembler on its nest stump
A grasshopper at the cliffs in the north
Scriber scans the cliffs for Red-billed Tropicbirds
There were three Red-billed Tropicbirds past these cliffs when we arrived, but they didn't reappear
Scaly-naped Pigeon. In Antigua, White-crowned Pigeons were dominant, but on Montserrat Scaly-naped Pigeons were much commoner
The rainbow of hope
Our boat trip south to see Plymouth (see above) was with Troy of Green Monkey Dive Shop at Little Bay Beach