All posts by Andy Foster

Private tour complete!

Finished the private tour with a group of 4 friends from the UK just over a week ago, unfortunately only just got around to posting about it now! We spent the last 3 days of the tour at Regua for some wetland and lowland birding. We had great stay (although rather hot!) with lots of good birds including Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, White-bibbed Antbird, Unicolored Antwren, Silvery-flanked Antwren, Long-billed Wren, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Giant Snipe, Yellow-backed Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, Capped Heron, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Southern Antpipit, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Yellow-throated Woodpecker and Eye-ringed Tody Tyrant. Currently working on the trip report that will hopefully be ready soon!

Giant Snipe (Andy Foster)
Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Andy Foster)
Yellow-throated Woodpecker (Andy Foster)

Open country birding – day 5!

Another great days birding in and around Duas Barras and Sumidouro today. Highlights included Three-toed Jacamar, Black-necked Aracari, White-barred Piculet, Gilt-edged Tanager, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Common Tody Flycatcher, Firewood Gatherer, Blue-winged Macaw, Crested Black Tyrant, Tawny-headed Swallow, Aplomado Falcon, Whistling Heron, White-eared Puffbird, Curl-crested Jay, White Woodpecker and Toco Toucan! Also managed to pick up a nice Rusty-barred Owl back at Itororo Lodge just before dinner!

White-barred Piculet (Andy Foster)
Black-necked Aracari (Andy Foster)
Rusty-barred Owl (Andy Foster)

Cedae and Theodoro Trails – day 4

Another clear morning saw us setting off at 06.30 to the Cedae Trail, located some 30 minutes away at an altitude of 550m. It was quite a slow mornings birding, however we did get to see a lot of target birds. We made a quick stop en-route to the Cedae Trail where we picked up a couple of Mantled Hawks hunting distantly over the forest, although some distance away we still had good scope views. Highlights of the mornings birding along the Cedae Trail included Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Lesser Woodcreeper, Spot-backed Antshrike, Star-throated Antwren, Red-crowned Ant- Tanager, Magnificent Friagtebird (!), Saw-billed Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Plain Antvireo, Streak-capped Antwren, Grey-hooded Flycatcher, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia and Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner. We birded the Theodoro Trail after lunch, again a little quiet but some great views of Sharpbill, White-browed Foliage Gleaner, Spot-billed Toucanet, Black Hawk Eagle and Black-billed Scythebill.

Sharpbill (Andy Foster)
Spot-billed Toucanet (Andy Foster)



Birding Macae de Cima

Today we spent a full days birding on the Macae de Cima trail. Lots of great birds as usual including Planalto Woodcreeper, White-rimmed Warbler, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, White-winged Becard, Buff-fronted Foliage Gleaner, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Pin-tailed Manakin, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Blue Manakin, White-bared Piculet, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher, White-bearded Antshrike, Tufted Antshrike, Large-headed Flatbill, Eared Pygmy Tyrant, Long-tailed Tyrant, Rufous-headed Tanager, Bare-throated Bellbird, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner, Lineated Woodpecker, White-shouldered Fire eye, Large-tailed Antshrike, Spot-billed Toucanet, Azure-shouldered Tanager, White-necked Thrush and Brassy-breasted Tanager!

Yellow-browed Woodpecker (Andy Foster)
Planalto Woodcreeper (Andy Foster)

Private tour – Itororo Lodge, days 1 and 2!

Just begun a private 10 day tour for a group of 4 friends from the UK. Had a great couple of days, yesterday we arrived at Itororo Lodge from Rio and spent the rest of the day birding the lodge grounds. The lodge feeders were very busy with Azure-shouldered Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Black-goggled Tanager, Sayaca Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager, Plain Parakeet, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Green-winged Saltator, Pale-breasted Thrush, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Black Jacobin, Scale-throated Hermit, Sombre Hummingbird, Brazilian Ruby and White-throated Hummingbird…. not bad for the first 30 minutes! We had a great afternoons birding on the White trail seeing Ochre-rumped Antbird, Uniform Finch, Variable Antshrike, Rufous-capped Motmot, Surucua Trogon, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Bertoni’s Antbird, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Dusky-legged Guan, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher, Blue Manakin, Pin-tailed Manakin, Rufous Gnateater, Euler’s Flycatcher, and rather good looks at a very obliging Variegated Antpitta! 

Today we birded the high altitude area at Pico de Caledonia, a very productive day with highlights including Rufous-backed Antvireo, Diademed Tanager, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Blue-billed Black-Tyrant, Velvety-black Tyrant, Black and Gold Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Red-legged Seriema, Pallid Spinetail, Scaled Woodcreeper, Olivaceous Eleania and Grey-capped Tyrannulet.

Rufous-backed Antvireo (Andy Foster)
Itatiaia Thistletail (Andy Foster)


Birdfinders tour

The Birdfinders trip finished well with a total of 281species seen, and a further 9 being heard only. We spent our last full day at the wetlands picking up just under 30 new species for the trip. Highlights included Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Rufous-sided Crake, Scaled Antbird, Rufous-capped Motmot, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, Long-billed Wren, Greater Ani, Chestnut-backed Antshrike and Brazilian Tanager. We spent the final morning of the tour birding the White and Green Trails in the Itororo Lodge grounds picking up an amazing 5 new species! These were Spotted Bamboo Wren, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Yellow Tyrannulet and Black-throated Trogon, not a bad end to the tour!
Buff-bellied Puffbird taken on the Cedae Trail earlier in the week (Trev Girling)

Birding at Macae de Cima

Just come back from an action packed days birding at Macae de Cima with the group from Birdfinders! A brilliant days birding with some great sightings including Giant Antshrike, Uniform Finch, Bare-throated Bellbird, Brazilian Antthrush, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Black and White Hawk-Eagle, White-bearded Antshrike (male and female), Slaty Bristlefront, Surucua Trogon, White-bibbed Antbird, Lesser Woodcreeper, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, White-throated Woodcreeper, Half-collared Sparrow, Mantled Hawk and White-crested Tyrannulet!

Slaty Bristlefront (Andy Foster)


Birding the Itororo Lodge grounds

Just returned from a morning birding the Blue Trail in the Itororo Lodge grounds. Very productive morning with highlights including Grey-capped Tyrannulet, White-throated Woodcreeper, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, White-rimmed Warbler, Saffron Toucanet, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, White-browed Foliage Gleaner, Surucua Trogon, Lesser Woodcreeper and Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner.

Saffron Toucanet on the trail this morning (Andy Foster)


Birdfinders tour day 3 and 4!

Just completed the 4th day of the Birdfinders tour, we spent the day birding around Duas Barras and Sumidouro with one of our main highlights being the Three-toed Jacamar, however we saw so many other great birds during the day including Gilt-eged Tanager, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Aplomado Falcon, Bat Falcon, Red-legged Seriema, Serra Antwren, White-eared Puffbird, White-eyed Parakeet, Blue-winged Macaw, Whistling Heron and Black-necked Aracari.
Yesterday we birded Pico da Caledonia with again many highlights including Black and Gold Cotinga, Grey-winged Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Diademed Tanager, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Red-legged Seriema, Crane Hawk, White-rumped Hawk, Rufous-backed Antvireo and Rufous-tailed Antbird!
Gilt-edged Tanager (Andy Foster)
Black and Gold Cotinga (Andy Foster)