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Field Guides tour day 4

As we continue the Field Guides tour we had a great day with some quality high altitude birding at Pico da Caledonia. A bit cloudy to start off with but the weather soon improved. We saw some super birds today including Black and Gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Large-tailed Antshrike, Itatiaia Thistletail, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Diademed Tanager, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Rufous-tailed Antthrush, Thick-billed Saltator, Red-legged Seriema, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Blue-billed Black Tyrant and Velvety-black Tyrant.
Some photos from today include Rufous-tailed Antbird, the very localised and endemic Itatiaia Thistletail and Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Andy Foster)

Field Guides tour day 3!

Day 3 of the Field Guides tour saw us spend the day birding along the Macae de Cima trail. This trail runs through some great Atlantic forest at altitudes between 1000 – 1450m. The day started off wet but soon improved giving some great birding conditions. Highlights from today included Giant Antshrike, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Pin-tailed Manakin, Eared Pygmy-Tyrant, Grey-hooded Attila, White-bearded Antshrike, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Slaty Bristlefront, Greenish Schiffornis, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Yellow-eared Woodpecker and Spotted Bamboowren! Some photos from today include Giant Antshrike, Pin-tailed Manakin and Yellow-browed Woodpecker (Andy Foster)

 

 

Field Guides tour day 2

Day 2 of the Field Guides tour went very well yesterday. We spent a full day in the Itororo Lodge grounds picking up some great species including Black-billed Scythebill, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Swallow-tailed Manakin, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Bertoni’s Antbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Rufous-capped Motmot, Spot-billed Toucanet, King Vulture (a new species from the lodge grounds), Amethyst Woodstar, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Brazilian Ruby, White-throated Hummingbird, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Pin-tailed Manakin and Mouse-coloured Tapaculo. Some photos from yesterday include Dusky-tailed Antbird, Rufous Gnateater and Amethyst Woodstar. (Andy Foster)

The Field Guides tour begins!

So.…..onto the next tour, a group from Field Guides that I’m co-leading with Marcelo Padua based at Itororo Lodge for the next 9 days. We had a very productive first afternoon seeing some great birds including Mantled Hawk, Black and White Hawk Eagle, Black Hawk Eagle, Bertoni’s Antbird, Variegated Antpitta, Such’s Antthrush, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Scaled Woodcreeper, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Fawn-breasted Tanager and Surucua Trogon pictured below (Andy Foster)

Photo tour last morning

Our 8 day photo tour has just come to an end. We spent the final morning along the White Trail in the Itororo Lodge grounds. Again, a very productive morning with a handful of new species being photographed well including Half-collared Sparrow, Pin-tailed manakin,  Yellow-eared Woodpecker and Rufous-capped Motmot. Photos from this morning below (Andy Foster)

Final day of photographic tour

The final full day of our photographic tour has just come to an end. We spent a full day in the Itororo Lodge grounds, a very productive morning followed by a rather wet afternoon! We managed to photograph several new species today including Saffron Toucanet, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Black-goggled Tanager, Bertonis Antbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Blue Dacnis and Rufous-browed Peppershrike. Some photos from today below are Chestnut-headed Tanager, Bertonis Antbird and Saffron Toucanet (Andy Foster)

Photo tour day 5

Another day on the trails looking for birds to photograph! Unfortunately today the weather did not cooperate! We managed a few shots today but it was tough going due to a months worth of rain in 24 hours! We did however manage nice shots of White-eared Puffbird, White-barred Piculet, White Woodpecker and Firewood Gatherer (Andy Foster) Fingers crossed for better weather tomorrow!

Photo tour day 4

Just spent a day birding the Cedae and Theodoro Trails. A little less bird activity today but still some great photographic opportunities. Highlights from today included Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Star-throated Antwren, Blue Manakin, Rufous-headed Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia and a very cooperative Black-cheeked Gnateater! Some photos from today include Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager and Black-cheeked Gnateater (Andy Foster)

Photographic tour continues – day 3

Just returned from a full day along the Macae de Cima trail. Now on the 3rd day of our photographic tour with some some wonderful birds. Photographic highlights included Spot-billed Toucanet, White-bibbed Antbird, Eared Pygmy-Tyrant, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Blue Manakin, Pin-tailed Manakin, Surucua Trogon, Grey-hooded Attila, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher, White-bearded Antshrike and Green-crowned Plovercrest. Photos below taken today are Spot-billed Toucanet, White-bearded Antshrike and White-bibbed Antbird (Andy Foster)

Photographic tour days 1 and 2

A great start to our latest photographic tour having spent the last couple of days birding open country areas and some higher altitude sites. Lots of photographic opportunities with some of the main highlights including Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Black-necked Aracari, Curl-crested Jay, Gilt-edged Tanager, Three-toed Jacamar, Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Red-legged Seriema, Large-tailed Antshrike, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Bare-throated Bellbird and Bay-chested Warbling Finch.

Photographic highlights from the last couple of days are as follows:

Streamer-tailed Tyrant (Andy Foster)
Gilt-edged Tanager (Andy Foster)
Three-toed Jacamar (Andy Foster)
Black-necked Aracari (Andy Foster)
Red-legged Seriema (Andy Foster)
Brassy-breasted Tanager (Andy Foster)
Large-tailed Antshrike (Andy Foster)
Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper (Andy Foster)
Bare-throated Bellbird before the clang! (Andy Foster)
Bare-throated Bellbird during the clang! Andy Foster