Feeders at Itororo

Well….never had it so cold in the Atlantic forest, but it does wonders for the feeders here at Itororo Lodge! Just finished an 8 day tour here, feeders are heaving with birds! Today we had 30 different species visit!
Saffron Toucanet (Andy Foster)

Tufted Antshrike up close!

Day 6 of our tour based at the wonderful Itororo Lodge. Full day in the lodge grounds with species such as Tufted Antshrike, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, White-breasted Tapaculo, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Black-billed Scythebill, Plain Parakeet, Reddish-bellied Parakeet, Pallid Spinetail, Scaled Woodcreeper, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Gilt-edged Tanager and many more….fantastic day! Photo below is Tufted Antshrike taken on the trail today (Andy Foster)

Birding the Regua wetlands

Next day of the tour and a very productive days birding at Regua. Highlights included Crescent-chested Puffbird, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Southern Antpipit, Grayish Mourner, Eye-ringed Tody Tyrant, Lesser Woodcreeper, Gray-hooded Attila, Brazilian Tanager, Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Capped Heron, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Yellow-backed Tanager and Flame-crested Tanager. Also very productive on the Itororo Lodge feeders today with Blond-crested Woodpecker, Magpie Tanager and Saffron Toucanet together with a further 20 species!!
Photo: Blond-crested Woodpecker by the Itororo Lodge feeders this morning (Andy Foster)

Birding Macae de Cima

We spent the day birding Macae de Cima. Following a rather chilly start to the morning (4 degrees centigrade!) we had a lot of birds and a very productive day. Highlights included White-bearded Antshrike, Gray-capped Tyrannulet (eye level instead of the usual canopy views), Spot-billed Toucanet, Dusky-tailed Antbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Bertoni’s Antbird, Eared Pygmy Tyrant, Scale-throated Hermit, Shear-tailed gray-Tyrant and Rufous-breasted Leaftosser. Photo below is Gray-capped Tyrannulet (Andy Foster)

High altitude birding

A great day birding the higher elevations of the Serra do Mar today, many great birds including Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Large-tailed Antshrike, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Itatiaia Thistletail, Thick-billed Saltator, Velvety-black Tyrant and Pallid Spinetail. Some great birds also at the Itororo Lodge feeders today including Gilt-edged Tanager, Saffron Toucanet and Black-goggled Tanager (photo below, Andy Foster)

New bird at the feeders!

The feeders at Itororo continue to be very busy as temperatures at night drop to 5 degrees centigrade! A new “feeder bird” come through several times yesetrday, a beautiful male Hepatic Tanager. This was joined by both Brassy-breasted and Gilt-edged Tanagers, Green-winged Saltator, Dusky-legged Guan, Burnished-buff Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Plain Parakeet, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Sayaca Tanager and Golden-chevroned Tanager. Photo is Hepatic Tanager above one of the feeders (Andy Foster)

Pantanal Photographic Tour

We have just finished a tour in the Pantanal, it was a private tour for one of our clients with Ricardo Casarin leading for us. It was a very successful tour with some wonderful photographic opportunities! Below is an Ocelot photographed one evening. Photo Ricardo Casarin.

Glittering-bellied Emerald

With beautiful clear days at Itororo Lodge and tempertures dropping the feeders remain busy together with some great mixed flocks on the surrounding trails. Plenty of hummingbird activity also with this Glittering-bellied Emerald visiting some flowers by the lodge. Photo Andy Foster. We still have availability on a guaranteed tour between the 4th – 11th October 2019. Please contact us for further details and an itinerary.

Canopy Trail at Itororo Lodge

The Brown Canopy Trail at Itororo Lodge runs through some fantastic native bamboo stands together with some lovely primary forest. Needless to say this is the perfect place for some of those difficult bamboo specialists such as Bertoni’s Antbird, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Ochre-rumped Antbird, White-bearded Antshrike, Tufted Antshrike and Spotted bamboo wren. These are all “easily” seen within a 15 minute walk from the lodge!
Photo below is Bertoni’s Antbird (Andy Foster)

White-throated Hummingbird

Some beautiful days spent at Itororo Lodge in the Atlantic Forest recently. As the forest improves around the lodge we are seeing more and more birds frequenting the feeders and turning up on the “lodge list”! Hummingbird feeders are busy at this time of the year also with this guy below being resident.
White-throated Hummingbird (Andy Foster)