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Birdfinders tour

Just completed our second day of the Birdfinders Atlantic forest tour, a tough day weather wise but we have seen some fantastic birds today including Chestnut-headed Tanager, Spot-billed Toucanet, Amethyst Woodstar, White-throated Hummingbird, Channel-billed Toucan, Brazilian Ruby, Star-throated Antwren, Tufted Antshrike, Rufous Gnateater, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Blue Manakin, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Green-headed Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager and Lesser Woodcreeper!

Brassy-breasted Tanager on the Itororo Lodge feeders (Andy Foster)
White-throated Hummingbird at Itororo Lodge (Andy Foster)
Violet-capped Woodnymph at Itororo Lodge (Andy Foster)


Naturetrek tour day 7

Now into our 7th day of the Naturetrek tour and just returned from a mornings birding along the Waldonor trail. A very productive morning with highlights including Mantled Hawk, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Eye-ringed Tody Tyrant, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Yellow-green Grosbeak, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Spot-billed Toucanet, Green-headed Tanager, White-chinned Sapphire and Olive-green Tanager.

Black-cheeked Gnateater (Andy Foster)
Mantled Hawk (Andy Foster)

Naturetrek tour day 6!

We arrived at Regua yesterday having stopped off briefly on the Cedae Trail on the way down the mountains picking up Black-throated Grosbeak, Mantled Hawk, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Plain-winged Woodcreeper and Green Honeycreeper. Lots of new species as we hadn’t visited the lowlands so far on this trip. Today we spent the day birding the Green Trail, a little quiet but still picked up some great species. Highlights over the past couple of days have included Silvery-flanked Antwren, Unicoloured Antwren, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Southern Antpipit, Lesser Woodcreeper, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Scaled Antbird and Black-throated Trogon. We also had a very successful evening of night birding with great views of Giant Snipe, Tawny-browed Owl and Black-banded Owl!

Giant Snipe (Andy Foster)
Black-banded Owl (Andy Foster)

Naturetrek tour day 4!

Day 4 of the Naturetrek tour and unfortunately we have been hit with bad weather. Pouring with rain but thankfully the feeders on the decking area of Itororo Lodge have been very productive with great views of Azure-shouldred Tanager, Black-goggled Tanager, Sayaca Tanager, Green-winged Saltator, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Burnished-buff Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Pale-breasted Thrush and various hummingbirds including Scale-throated Hermit, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Brazilian Rby, Black Jacobin and White-throated Hummingbird.

White-throated Hummingbird (Andy Foster)
Male Brazilian Ruby (Andy Foster)

High Altitude birding and lifer!

Now into day 3 of the Naturetrek tour and just got back from a great days birding at Pico da Caledonia. It turned out to be a very exciting day, not only did we get to see all of our target birds but we also found a Grey-backed Tachuri, this was a lifer for me and probably a first for Pico da Caledonia with no doubt just a handful of records for Rio de Janeiro state from Itatiaia National Park. We also got great views of Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Large-tailed Antshrike, Diademed Tanager, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Velvety-black Tyrant, Rufous-backed Antvireo and Rufous-tailed Antbird!

Grey-backed Tachuri (Andy Foster)
Grey-winged Cotinga (Andy Foster)
Itatiaia Thistletail (Andy Foster)

Open country birding!

Just returned from an excellent days birding around Duas Barras and Sumidouro. Highlights included Blue-winged Macaw, Serra Antwren, White-eared Puffbird, Gilt-edged Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager, Rufous-sided Crake, Ash-throated Crake, Three-toed Jacamar, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Black-necked Aracari, Curl-crested Jay, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Firewood Gatherer and Crested Black-Tyrant.

Blue-winged Macaws (Andy Foster)

Naturetrek Tour

Just finished the first day of the Naturetrek tour here at Itororo Lodge. We had an excellent days birding with many Atlantic forest highlights including Spot-billed Toucanet, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Bertoni’s Antbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Pin-tailed manakin, Blue Manakin, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Scaled Woodcreeper, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Rufous-capped Motmot, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Bare-throated Bellbird, Black Jacobin, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Green-crowned Plovercrest and Brazilian Ruby.

Pin-tailed Manakin taken on the White Trail today (Andy Foster)

First 2018 tour complete!

So our first 8 day tour of 2018 has just come to an end with a total of 251 species being seen, of which a staggering 87 were Atlantic forest endemics! Had a great last mornings birding in the Itororo Lodge grounds managing to get good views of both Rufous-tailed and Cryptic Antthrush, Variegated Antpitta, White-breasted Tapaculo, Fawn-breasted Tanager and Spotted Bamboowren….talk about leaving the most difficult birds until the last minute! Amazing how everything responded so well this morning, rarely it happens as well as this!
Grey-winged Cotinga at Pico da Caledonia this week (Andy Foster)