All posts by Andy Foster

Mid altitude birding!

Just returned from a fabulous mid altitude birding day. Loads of great birds including Bare-throated Bellbird, Sharpbill, Black and Gold Cotinga, Hooded Berryeater, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Giant Antshrike, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Black-billed Scythebill, White-throated Woodcreeper and Green-crowned Plovercrest!
Photos below are Hooded Berryeater, Bare-throated Bellbird, Black and Gold Cotinga and Sharpbill….. a four Cotinga day cannbot be bad! (Andy Foster)

Ongoing tour

Our ongoing tour is going well with plenty of new birds! We spent yesterday birding the open country areas around Duas Barras and Sumidouro seeing some great birds (104 species in total), these included Three-toed Jacamar, White-eared Puffbird, Rufous-headed Tanager, Curl-crested Jay, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Blue-winged Macaw, Wing-banded Hornero, Blackish Rail, Sapphire-spangled Emerald and Black-necked Aracari. Today we birded the Cedae Trail in the morning and part of the Macae de Cima trail in the afternoon with highlights including Mantled Hawk, Black Hawk Eagle, Black and White Hawk Eagle, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Star-throated Antwren, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Blue Manakin, Spot-billed Toucanet, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser and Black-throated Trogon.

Rufous-headed Tanager (Andy Foster)
Three-toed Jacamar (Andy Foster)
Buff-bellied Puffbird (Andy Foster)

Sightings update!

Now into day 4 of our latest tour. All going well with plenty of great birds being seen. Highlights from the last few days included Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, White-breasted Tapaculo, Bare-throated Bellbird, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Spot-billed Toucanet, Chestnut-headed Tanager, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Scale-throated Hermit, Brazilian Ruby, Violet-capped Woodnymph, White-throated Hummingbird, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Greenlet and Scaled Woodcreeper. Spent a full day in the Itororo Lodge grounds today and saw just over 90 species! The feeders at the lodge have been so busy over the last few days!
Red-necked Tanager (Andy Foster)
Brassy-breasted Tanager (Andy Foster)
Scale-throated Hermit (Andy Foster)
Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Andy Foster)

Birding Itororo

Just spent the last two days guiding a couple of clients. We spent yesterday birding the open country area around Sumidouro and this morning birding in the Itororo Lodge grounds. A very productive couple of days with highlights including Three-toed Jacamar, Gilt-edged Tanager, White-eared Puffbird, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Curl-crested Jay, Black-necked Aracari, Spot-billed Toucanet, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, White-breasted Tapaculo, Blackish Rail, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Lesser Woodcreeper and many others!

Yellow-browed Woodpecker (Andy Foster)
Blackish Rail (Andy Foster)
White-breasted Tapaculo (Andy Foster)

Back at Itororo Lodge!

Back at Itororo Lodge for our next tour that starts on Wednesday! Found a new bird for the lodge grounds today along the new canopy view trail (Brown Trail), a rather nice female White-bearded Antshrike, a great Atlantic forest endemic! Nice to see the Bare-throated Bellbirds back in the lodge grounds, the feeders are also very busy at the moment attracting plenty of Brassy-breasted Tanagers (pictured below), Ruby-crowned Tanagers, Azure-shouldered Tanagers, Golden-chevroned Tanagers, Sayaca Tanagers, Maroon-bellied Parakeets, Magpie Tanagers, Crested Oropendolas, Pale-breasted Thrush and Blue Dacnis. Hummingbird feeders also busy with plenty of White-throated Hummingbirds, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Brazilian Ruby, Scale-throated Hermit and Black Jacobins.

Brassy-breasted Tanager (Andy Foster)

Forthcoming Atlantic forest tour

Great to see so many past and future guests at the Bird Fair a couple of weeks ago! Our next tour to the Atlantic forest and Itororo Lodge starts in just over a week. Good news is the Long-trained Nightjars are back at Itororo! Hope to see plenty of these guys too, Gilt-edged and Brassy-breasted Tanagers.

Long-trained Nightjar in the Lodge grounds! (Andy Foster)
Gilt-edged Tanager (Andy Foster)
Brassy-breasted Tanager (©Andy Foster)

British Bird Fair 2018

Once again we will be exhibiting at the British Bird Fair this year at Rutland Water between the 17th Р19th August. We will be in Marquee 5, stand 35. Please come along for chat and find out more about the guided birding and photography trips we offer to Itororo Lodge in the Atlantic forest, our Pantanal trips, North-East Brazil, Cristalino Lodge in the Amazon and Iguazu Falls. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hyacinth Macaw on our Pantanal tour in July 2018 (Andy Foster)
Jaguar on our Pantanal tour in July 2018 (Andy Foster)
Blue and Yellow Macaw (Andy Foster)

 

Just completed our last private tour prior to a short break over the summer. Had some great birds during the week including Chestnut-headed Tanager, Black-billed Scythebill, Hooded Berryeater, Dusky-tailed Antbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Black-billed Scythebill, Black and Gold Cotinga, Variegated Antpitta, Such’s Antthrush, Bertoni’s Antbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Rufous Gnateater, White-throated Hummingbird, Plovercrest, Bay-chested Warbling Finch and over 180 other species!

White-bibbed Antbird (Andy Foster)
Variegated Antpitta (Andy Foster)
White-barred Piculet (Andy Foster)

New high altitude trail!

Just back from a days birding with a private group to a new high altitude trail, very encouraging with plenty of great birds and a very easy walk down having driven up to around 1650m in altitude. Highlights from today included Hooded Berryeater (amazingly close!), Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Diademed Tanager, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Black-billed Scythebill, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Black and Gold Cotinga, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper and Bay-chested Warbling Finch.

Hooded Berryeater (Andy Foster)
Bay-chested Warbling Finch (Andy Foster)
Mouse-coloured Tapaculo (Andy Foster)

Pantanal Tour!

The photo tour of the Pantanal with our guide Ricardo Casarin finished well having seen loads of birds and some great close up views of Jaguars! We had a fantastic 7 days along the Transpantaneira road, endless photographic opportunities! Join us on a tour of the Pantanal next year!

Jaguar on the Pantanal tour last week! (Andy Foster)

Scarlet-headed Blackbird (Andy Foster)

 

Black-collared Hawk (Andy Foster)