Birding the Regua wetlands

Unfortunately the last day of the tour was upon us! We spent the day birding the Regua wetlands, and what a productive day it turned out to be! Highlights included Boat-billed Heron, Capped Heron, White-chinned Sapphire, Versicoloured Emerald, Greater Ani, Silvery-flanked Antwren, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-bearded Manakin, Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike, Yellow-backed Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Scaled Antbird, Southern Antpipit, Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Long-billed Wren, Greyish Mourner, Eye-ringed Tody Tyrant, Reddish Hermit, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, White-barred Piculet, Unicoloured Antwren and Elegant Mourner (what a bird)!

White-barred Piculet (Andy Foster)
White-bearded Manakin (Andy Foster)

 

Birding Macae de Cima

Today was spent birding the track towards Macae de Cima. Unfortunately it was quite windy for the majority of the day which made birding a little difficult! We did however get to see some great birds including White-bibbed Antbird, White-bearded Antshrike, Pin-tailed Manakin, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Surucua Trogon, Tufted Antshrike (flight views only), Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Eared Pygmy-Tyrant, Rufous-headed Tanager and Brassy-breasted Tanager.

White-bibbed Antbird (Andy Foster)
Pin-tailed Manakin (Andy Foster)
White-bearded Antshrike (Andy Foster)

 

Full day birding the Itororo lodge grounds

Day 5 of the tour and just spent a full day in the Itororo Lodge grounds, as usual a very productive day with highlights including Spotted Bamboo Wren, White-browed Foliage Gleaner, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Shear-tailed Gray-Tyrant, Scaled Woodcreeper, Bertoni’s Antbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, Uniform Finch, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Brazilian Ruby, White-throated Hummingbird, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Black-throated Trogon, Rufous-capped Motmot, Rufous-crowned Greenlet and bird of the day…..Rusty-barred Owl!

Rusty-barred Owl, just a 5 minute walk from the lodge! (Andy Foster)
Brazilian Ruby on the Itororo Lodge feeders (Andy Foster)
Rufous-breasted Leaftosser (Andy Foster)

 

Day 4 – Duas Barras and Sumidouro!

Just completed day 4 of our current tour, another productive day with 90+ species being seen around Duas Barras and Sumidouro. Some nice open country birding today with the main highlights being Three-toed Jacamar, Serra Antwren, Black-billed Scythebill, Black-necked Aracari, Toco Toucan, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Blue-winged Macaw, Half-collared Sparrow, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Gilt-edged Tanager, Wedge-tailed Grassfinch and Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher.

Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher (Andy Foster)
Wedge-tailed Grassfinch (Andy Foster)
Curl-crested Jay (Andy Foster)

Day 3!

Day 3 of the tour and finally made it for some high altitude birding, what a day we had! We had seen all of our target birds by 13.00! These included Grey-winged Cotinga (at very close range), Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Velvety-black Tyrant, Thick-billed Saltator, Rufous-tailed Antthrush, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Rufous-crowned Greenlet, Diademed Tanager, Large-tailed Antshrike and Red-legged Seriema! We headed back to Itororo Lodge and set off onto the Green Trail in the lodge grounds for a very productive couple of hours birding with good views of Ochre-rumped Antbird, Cryptic Antthrush, Bertoni’s Antbird, Whiskered Myiobius, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Yellow Tyrannulet and Greenish Schiffornis!

Grey-winged Cotinga (Andy Foster)
Serra do Mar Tyrannulet (Andy Foster)
Bay-chested Warbling Finch (Andy Foster)

 

Day 2!

Day 2 of the tour unfortunately didnt start off as planned due to very low cloud and poor visibility, however, with a change of plan we birded the Cedae and Theodoro Trails, it turned out to be a super productive day with highlights including White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Spot-billed Toucanet, Grey-hooded Flycatcher, Saw-billed Hermit, Spot-backed Antshrike, Lesser Woodcreeper, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, White-barred Piculet, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Green-headed Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager, Black-throated Grosbeak, Streak-capped Antwren, Plain Parakeet, Star-throated Antwren, Black and White Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Grey-hooded Attila, Sharpbill (after quite a bit of effort!), White-rimmed Warbler, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper and Sharp-billed Treehunter!

Spot-billed Toucanet (Andy Foster)
The rather elusive Sharpbill! (Andy Foster)

New tour starts today!

Just completed the first day of a new private tour where we will be spending 8 days at the excellent Itororo Lodge! A great first days birding within the lodge grounds, highlights today included Variegated Antpitta, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Scaled Woodcreeper, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher, Lineated Woodpecker, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Green-backed Becard, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Blue Manakin, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Scale-throated Hermit, Brazilian Ruby, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Pallid Spinetail, Rufous Gnateater and Blond-crested Woodpecker!

Variegated Antpitta (Andy Foster)
Lineated Woodpecker (Andy Foster)
Ochre-faced Tody Flycatcher (Andy Foster)

Private tour complete!

Finished the private tour with a group of 4 friends from the UK just over a week ago, unfortunately only just got around to posting about it now! We spent the last 3 days of the tour at Regua for some wetland and lowland birding. We had great stay (although rather hot!) with lots of good birds including Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, White-bibbed Antbird, Unicolored Antwren, Silvery-flanked Antwren, Long-billed Wren, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Giant Snipe, Yellow-backed Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, Capped Heron, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Southern Antpipit, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Yellow-throated Woodpecker and Eye-ringed Tody Tyrant. Currently working on the trip report that will hopefully be ready soon!

Giant Snipe (Andy Foster)
Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Andy Foster)
Yellow-throated Woodpecker (Andy Foster)