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Naturetrek tour

The Naturetrek tour ended well although a little damp, but not bad to have had just 1 day of rain towards the end of the tour! We spent the last couple of days birding around the Regua reserve picking up several new species in the process. Some of the highlights included Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Frilled Coquette, White-bibbed Antbird, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Lined Seedeater, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Limpkin, Long-billed Wren, Chesnut-backed Antshrike, White-bearded Manakin, Rufous-sided Crake, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl and Glittering-throated Emerald.

Frilled Coquette (Andy Foster)
White-bearded Manakin (Andy Foster)

 

Naturetrek tour day 6

We awoke to a beautiful morning with high cloud.  We headed off for a 20 minute drive to the start of the Green Trail that would take us through some good primary forest up to the waterfall. We had lots of targets today and although birding was a little slow we saw some excellent birds. Highlights of the day included Southern Antpipit, Scaled Antbird, Unicoloured Antwren, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Black-throated Trogon, Blue Manakin, Lesser Woodcreeper, Thrush-like Woodcreeper, amazing views of Spot-backed Antshrike, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant and Grayish Mourner. We had lunch at the beautiful waterfall where we also picked up White-thighed Swallow and Black-tailed Myiobius. After lunch we started the 2.5km walk back down to where we had left the vehicle. It was fairly quiet on the way back as it had warmed up a little but we did however manage to get good views of Rufous-capped Antthrush, Yellow-throated Woodpecker.

Blue Manakin on the Green Trail today (Andy Foster)
Spot-backed Antshrike on the Green Trail today (Andy Foster)

 

 

Naturetrek tour day 4!

Just returned from a days birding the higher reaches of the Serra do Mar Mountains at Pico da Caledonia. Great days birding with lots of excellent birds. Bird of the day has to go to Grey-winged Cotinga, point blank views! Other highlights included Mantled Hawk, Large-tailed Antshrike, Itatiaia Thistletail, Black and Gold Cotinga, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Red-legged Seriema, Shear-tailed Grey-Tyrant, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Bay-chested Warbling Finch and Diademed Tanager.

Grey-winged Cotinga on todays excursion (Andy Foster)
Red-legged Seriema on todays excursion (Andy Foster)

Naturetrek tour day 3

Today we awoke to very low cloud over the lodge, it was looking unlikely that we would head to Pico da Caledonia for some high altitude birding as planned. As we drove down the mountain from the lodge there was thick cloud everywhere so we decided to head towards Duas Barras and Sumidouro for some open country birding, this turned out to be a very good choice! We saw a total of 121 species today with highlights including Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Blue-winged Macaw, White-eyed Parakeet, Blackish Rail, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Yellow-bellied Eleania, White-bellied Seedeater, Rufous Hornero, Wing-banded Hornero, Gilt-edged Tanager, Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher, Scaled Woodcreeper, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Serra Antwren, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Crested-black Tyrant, White-tailed Hawk, White-eared Puffbird, Grassland Sparrow, White-rumped Swallow, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Firewood Gatherer, Planalto Woodcreeper, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Streaked Xenops, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Toco Toucan, Black-capped Donacobius, Tawny-headed Swallow, Red-legged Seriema, Three-toed Jacamar, Black-necked Aracari and Curl-crested Jay!

Blue-winged Macaw on todays excursion (Andy Foster)
Gilt-edged Tanager on todays excursion (Andy Foster)

Birding the Itororo Lodge grounds

After some heavy rain during the night we met up for breakfast at 06.00 to surprisingly clear skies! We were to spend a full day in the lodge grounds doing the circular Blue trail in the morning and then spend the afternoon on the White and Green trails. Once again we had some great birding today with highlights including Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Fawn-breasted Tanager, White-throated Woodcreeper, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Grey-hooded Attila, Surucua Trogon, Spot-billed Toucanet, Black-billed Scythebill, Blue Manakin, Saffron Toucanet, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Greenlet, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Lesser Woodcreeper, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Mantled Hawk carrying a snake, White-rimmed Warbler, Variegated Antpitta, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Planalto Woodcreeper and Black-throated Trogon! Not a bad days birding!

Female Spot-billed Toucanet on the trail today (Andy Foster)

 

Naturetrek tour Day1

We have just finished our first day of the Naturetrek Tour. A great days birding with lots of activity around the lodge as soon as the group arrived! Some of the birds we saw during the morning included Brassy-breasted Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Plain Parakeet, Pallid Spinetail, Scaled Woodcreeper, Green-backed Becard, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Creamy-bellied Thrush, Pale-breasted Thrush, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, White-winged Becard, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Half-collared Sparrow, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, Planalto Tyrannulet, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, Dusky-legged Guan, Buff-fronted Foliage Gleaner, White-barred Piculet, Picazuro Pigeon, Grey-fronted Dove, Scale-throated Hermit, Black Jacobin, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Brazilian Ruby, Sombre Hummingbird, White-throated Hummingbird, Spix’s Spinetail, Variegated Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Rufous-crowned Greenlet, Variable Antshrike, Black-goggled Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager and Saffron Finch….. an amazing couple of hours birding seeing 54 species without moving any further than 20 meters away from the Lodge!!!

After a well earned lunch we set off on the White Trail within the lodge grounds. It was fairly cool and still quite active, we soon picked up Cliff and Swainson’s Flycatchers followed by a Bare-throated Bellbird, Bertoni’s and Ochre-rumped Antbirds, Rufous-capped Spinetail and further along a Rufous-thighed Kite came through trying to get hold of a Brassy-breasted Tanager, Drab-breasted Bamoo-Tyrant and an Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher.

We then finally made it onto the White Trail and picked up several new species including Golden-crowned Warbler, White-browed Foliage Gleaner, a stunning male Giant Antshrike, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Rufous Gnateater and good views of the rather hard to see White-breasted Tapaculo, this was followed by a Mottle-cheeked Tyranulet. We went for a short walk after dinner getting good views of a Tropical Screech Owl.

Brassy-breasted Tanager on the lodge feeders (Andy Foster)

 

Birding Macae de Cima and Cedae Trail

We had a great days birding yesterday on our last full day with Chris and his group from Wise Birding. Highlights of the day included Tufted Antshrike, Giant Antshrike, Spot-backed Antshrike, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Spot-billed Toucanet, Black Hawk-Eagle, Mantled Hawk, Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Sharpbill, Bare-throated Bellbird, Brassy-breasted Tanager and Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner.

Black Hawk-Eagle seen well yesterday! (Andy Foster)

Birding the lodge grounds

Now into the fourth day of the Wise Birding tour and we spent the day birding in the lodge grounds. In the morning we birded the circular Blue Trail followed by the White and Green Trails after lunch. We had a number of good species today including Bertoni’s Antbird, Green-winged Saltator, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Planalto Woodcreeper, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Rufous-capped Spinetail, White-winged Becard, Pallid Spinetail, White-rimmed Warbler, Pin-tailed Manakin, Brassy-breasted Tanager, White-throated Woodcreeper, Such’s Antthrush, Spot-winged Wood-Quail and Yellow Tyrannulet.

White-barred Piculet taken on yesterdays trip (Andy Foster)

 

A three Cotinga day!

Just returned from another successful days birding with the group from Wise Birding. We spent the day birding the high altitude area at Pico da Caledonia. Although we had a real mixed bag of weather we had some fantastic birds including Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Itatiaia Thistletail, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Large-tailed Antshrike, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Brazilian Antthrush, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Green-crowned Plovercrest and Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin!

Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Andy Foster)
Bay-chested Warbling Finch (Andy Foster)

Open country birding

What a great days birding we have just returned from! Onto our 2nd day with Chris and his group from Wise Birding we spent the day birding the area around Duas Barras and Sumidouro in search of some open country specialities! We were not disappointed with excellent views of many species including Three-toed Jacamar, Gilt-edged Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager, Serra Antwren, Curl-crested Jay, White-eared Puffbird, Red-legged Seriema, Crested-black Tyrant, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Grey-eyed Greenlet, White-barred Piculet, Black-necked Aracari, Toco Toucan, Grey-hooded Attila, Blackish Rail, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Ash-throated Crake and Blue-winged Macaw!

Streamer-tailed Tyrant on todays excursion (Andy Foster)
Curl-crested Jay on todays excursion (Andy Foster)