All posts by Andy Foster

New tour begins!

After the five day tour last week where we struggled to find some dry weather thankfully the weather has finally improved and the new guests arrived today. We will be following our fixed 8 day itinerary over the next week which includes all of our usual excursions. Today we spent the first few hours watching the feeders followed by a short walk towards the White Trail within the Lodge grounds. It turned out to be a short walk as there were just so many birds around! Highlights from today included Brassy-breasted Tanager, Green-winged Saltator, Saffron Toucanet, White-throated Hummingbird, Brazilian Ruby, Scale-throated Hermit, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Burnished buff Tanager, Dusky-legged Guan, Drab-breasted Bamboo Tyrant, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Blue Manakin, Bertoni’s Antbird (although better views needed), Greenish Schiffornis, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Giant Antshrike, Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner and White-collared Foliage Gleaner! What a great first afternoons birding!

Violet-capped Woodnymph (©Andy Foster)


Birding the Cedae Trail

What a great mornings birding we have just had on the Cedae Trail! It was raining when we left the Lodge today so we headed off over the mountains and back down towards the direction of Rio. As we started our descent the weather thankfully improved as we reached the start of the Cedae Trail at an altitude of 550m. We had a very birdy morning with many highlights and great views of some stunning birds. The main highlight was a very responsive Red-necked Tanager that came in so close giving some fantastic photographic opportunities! Other highlights included Buff-bellied Puffbird, Pale-browed Treehunter, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Streak-capped Antwren, Saw-billed Hermit, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, White-throated Woodcreeper, Star-throated Antwren, Eared Pygmy Tyrant, Blue Manakin, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia and Black-throated Grosbeak! After lunch we drove up towards Macae de Cima but unfortunately the rain had returned but we did pick up a fantastic male White-bearded Antshrike and a Planalto Woodcreeper!

Red-necked Tanager on the Cedae Trail (© Andy Foster)

Open country birding!

Today we headed to the other side of the mountains in search of some drier weather! We drove for an hour towards a small town called Duas Barras and thankfully the weather improved. We had a great days birding with many highlights including Three-toed Jacamar, Crescent-chested Puffbird, White-eared Puffbird, Serra Antwren, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (pictured below), Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Capped Heron, Whistling Heron, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Black-capped Donacobius, Curl-crested Jay, Red-legged Seriema, Ferruginous Antbird, Surucua Trogon, White Woodpecker, Band-tailed Hornero, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Grey-hooded Attila, Rufous-headed Tanager and Gilt-edged Tanager. In all we saw a total of 93 species today!

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (© Andy Foster)

New bird at the feeders!

Unfortunately it’s raining here today at Itororo Lodge! We took a walk this morning around the Blue Trail, and although rather damp we had some great birds including Black-throated Trogon, Spot-billed Toucanet, Pin-tailed Manakin, Bertoni’s Antbird and arriving back at the Lodge we had a new “feeder bird”, a Green-winged Saltator! Also on the feeders today were Ruby-crowned Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Sayaca Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Pale-breasted Thrush, Great Kiskadee, Black-goggled Tanager, Bananaquit, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Magpie Tanager and Rufous-collared Sparrow. We also had 2 Slaty-breasted Wood Rails just below the decking area.

Green-winged Saltator at the Lodge feeders (© Andy Foster)

A great first day!

We have just finished our first day of the new tour, a short 4 day private tour where we will aim to see a good cross section of the birds the area around Itororo Lodge has to offer! We departed Rio this morning at 08.00 and by 10.00 we were already arriving at the Lodge. We had a great first days birding with a total of 55 species. Highlights included Saffron Toucanet, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Variegated Antpitta, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Magpie Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Scale-throated Hermit, Brazilian Ruby, White-throated Hummingbird, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Chicli Spinetail, Pallid Spinetail, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Greenish Schiffornis, White-rimmed Warbler, Azure-shouldered Tanager and a rather tame Golden-crowned Warbler!

Golden-crowned Warbler (© Andy Foster)


Just a few days away from our next tour at Itororo Lodge! The feeders are becoming very active with plenty of species, great for photography!

Brassy-breasted Tanagers at the lodge feeders! (© Andy Foster)


Naturetrek tour March 2017

We have just finished the Naturetrek tour “Best of the Atlantic Rainforest”. For this tour we stay at Itororo Lodge and also at the REGUA Lodge. We had a great weeks birding seeing a total of 258 species of which an amazing 91 species were Atlantic Forest endemics! The trip report for this week is now complete, please open the PDF file below.

Naturetrek Trip Report March 2017

Rufous-tailed Jacamar seen on the tour last week (© Andy Foster)
Rufous-tailed Jacamar seen on the tour last week (© Andy Foster)

New tour report and camera trap!

The report from the Naturetrek tour in March is now available online:

Naturetrek tour report 26 February – 6 March 2016

As autumn approaches temperatures are now starting to fall at Itororo Lodge! Within a couple of weeks we should start to get our first Blue-naped Chlorophonias back on the feeders together with Gilt-edged, Azure-shouldered, Magpie, Burnished Buff and hopefully Brassy-breasted Tanagers! We have set up another new feeder in the forest, specifically aimed at trying to get both Saffron and Spot-billed Toucanets and various other Tanager species!

We have also started running a camera trap on our trails around the lodge. Results so far have been great with photos of Oncilla (a small forest cat), Tayra, Paca, Common Opossum, Nine-banded Armadillo, Brown Tinamou, Spot-winged Wood-Quail and Rufous-capped Motmot!

Oncilla caught on our camera trap, very camouflaged on the left hand side of the photo!
Oncilla caught on our camera trap, very camouflaged on the left hand side of the photo!