Naturetrek tour day 3

Just returned from a full day with the Naturetrek group birding the open country area around Sumidouro. Not particularly good weather but lots of birds! Highlights from today included Three-toed Jacamar, Hangnest Tody Tyrant, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Serra Antwren, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Blue-winged Macaw, Toco Toucan, Wing-banded Horneo, Yellow-browed Tyrant, White-eared Puffbird, Tawny-headed Swallow, Firewood Gatherer, Curl-crested Jay, Rufous-headed Tanager and Ultramarine Grosbeak.
Photos from today include Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Hangnest Tody Tyrant and Three-toed Jacamar (Andy Foster)

Naturetrek tour day1!

Just completed the first full day of the Naturetrek tour. We spent the day birding at Caledonia seeing some great species including Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Sharpbill, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Thick-billed Saltator, Large-tailed Antshrike, Red-legged Seriema, Itatiaia Thistletail, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Rufous-crowned Greenlet and Diademed Tanager!
Photos from today include Rufous-tailed Antbird, Black and Gold Cotinga and Itatiaia Thistletail (through the fog!) (Andy Foster)

Another tour complete!

Another tour complete! We had a great tour this last week with a group from Rockjumper seeing some fantastic birds in great company! We finished on a real high this morning with some of the best views of Variegated Antpitta! What a great way to end the week having seen 95 Atlantic forest endemics! Photo below….. Variegated Antpitta taken this morning! (Andy Foster)

Rockjumper birding tour day 5

Another top days birding on the 5th day of the Rockjumper birding tour. We spent the day birding at high altitude and had all of our target birds in the bag by 11.30! Highlights included Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Large-tailed Antshrike, Thick-billed Saltator, Diademed Tanager, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Amethyst Woodstar, Velvety-black Tyrant, Shear-tailed Grey-Tyrant and Bay-chested Warbling Finch.
Photos from today include Large-tailed Antshrike, Bay-chested Warbling Finch and Amethyst Woodstar (Andy Foster)

Rockjumper tour underway

Our Rockjumper birding tour got off to a great start yesterday and today with lots of fantastic birds! Highlights have already included Saffron Toucanet, Spot-billed Toucanet, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Frilled Coquette, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Bare-throated Bellbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Tropical Parula, White-throated Hummingbird, Brazilian Ruby, Scale-throated Hermit, Black Jacobin and Violet-capped Woodnymph!
Photos below are Red-necked Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager and Tropical Parula (Andy Foster)

Rockjumper tour starts tomorrow!

We are now gearing up ready for our next tour with a group from Rockjumper Birding. We will spend 8 days based at the wonderful Itororo Lodge just 2.5 hours outside of Rio. We will cover the whole elevational range of the Serra do Mar Mountains from 50m above sea level all the way to 2300m. Hoping for good weather and loads of great birds! Photos from last tour below are Red-legged Seriema, Black-billed Scythebill and a feeder full of Brassy-breasted Tanagers at Itororo Lodge! (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)