About the Hummingbird Garden Sits.
Relax with comfortable seating with either a western or eastern view (depending upon the time of day) in Adirondack chairs or cushioned patio furniture. A well-visited birdbath with a fountain attracts many species to drink or rinse. Many areas of the garden have shade, but it is still recommended that you protect yourself from the tropical sun.
The best times for garden sits are either early morning (generally 7:00 AM through 9:30 AM) or in the later afternoon (generally 3:30 through 5:30 PM).
Hummingbirds visit the garden from sunrise through sunset, but the early morning or later afternoon hours provide the best opportunities for viewing both species of hummingbirds as well as other Bonaire garden birds.
Using local flowers to attract hummingbirds.
The garden is filled with a variety of natural vegetation with flowers and which attracts both of Bonaire’s hummingbirds. The garden provides a plethora of opportunities for the hummingbirds, as well as other garden birds, to continue with their normal feeding and diet, not interrupting their behaviors by humans providing food. This also allows for more natural images, should you choose to photograph during the garden sit.
Other birds you may expect to see.
Other species visit the garden as well. It is common to see Tropical Mockingbirds, Pearly-eyed Thrashers (Bonaire has an isolated population), Yellow-shouldered Parrots, Brown-throated Parakeets, Bananaquits, Bare-eyed Pigeons, Eared Doves, Common Ground Doves, and Carib Grackles.
Occasionally, Yellow Warblers, Saffron Finches, White-tipped Doves, Scaley-naped Pigeons, Venezuelan Troupials, or Yellow Orioles make an appearance.
Riding thermals high in the sky one may find, depending upon the season, Ospreys, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Crested Caracaras, and Laughing Gulls.
What to bring for your Garden Sit:
Bonaire’s tropical sun may be overly bright for many. Although the garden does have shade, if you are susceptible to sunburn, then consider bringing a big floppy hat to shade your face and the back of your neck. Sunglasses may also assist with glare from the sun.
To avoid sunburn, a light‐weight long‐sleeve shirt, such as a rash guard, is recommended. If you have uncovered skin, do be sure to wear a reef‐safe sunscreen.
In most cases, annoying insects (mosquitoes, gnats, or no‐see‐ums) are not a problem. However, on days of light wind, they can become a nuisance. Bug spray will be available, but if you have a favorite brand, do pack it. If you are visiting during the light‐wind months of September and October, it is also recommended to pack a bandana, which can be placed over the nose and mouth if the insects are overly annoying.
If you plan on photographing, please bring your longest lens capability. All types of cameras, even smartphones, can be used on the garden sits, but being able to zoom in will definitely enhance your images. A camera which has fast focusing capabilities will definitely be of use when photographing hummingbirds.