Even though we live in the Islands we like to do some sight seeing on our time off! We headed to North Sound Virgin Gorda to go on the Necker Island Nature Tour.
Necker Island is a 74 acre private island owned by Richard Branson, he has accumulated several animals and birds which are endangered and has opened the island up to tours exclusively thru Gumption Tours. Gumption picked us up at Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda in his glass bottom boat (he does reef tours as well) and took us out to Necker Island. As we started walking down the path we saw some scarlet ibis, they are named for their vibrant color.
We saw 4 of the 9 land tortoises on the island, a couple of them were almost 70 years old and could still eat about 100 pounds of food a day. They move very slow as they have a huge shell to carry with them.
The flamingos are thriving here, they started with less than 100 birds and now the flock has grown to over 400! There is one special flamingo named Lucky. He is lucky because he is blind and was rescued. He would not have survived in the wild, but being on Necker Island they can make sure he doesn’t starve.
Other birds we saw included macaws, cockatoo and white cheek pink tail ducks.
The dates for the tours come out around the 1st of each month and are listed on Gumption’s Tours, Gumption also does reef tours during the day and night reef tours on his glass bottom boat