Naturetrek tour begins!

The Rockjumper tour finished well on Friday afternoon picking up a few new species during the morning.
Now onto our next group, a group from Naturetrek for the next 8 days! We spent the afternoon birding the Itororo Lodge grounds and watching the feeders. The feeders were great today with Brassy-breasted Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Plain Parakeet, Maroon-bellied Parakeet and hummingbirds including Brazilian Ruby, White-throated Hummingbird, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Scale-throated Hermit and Black Jacobin. Birding around the lodge produced Blond-crested Woodpecker, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Gilt-edged Tanager, Scaled Woodcreeper, Lesser Woodcreeper, Black-Hawk Eagle, Rufous-headed Tanager and Ochre-rumped Antbird amongst others. Photos from today included Plain Parakeet, Rufous-headed Tanager and Yellow-browed Woodpecker (Andy Foster)

Birding Cedae and Theodoro Trails

Another wonderful days birding with the Rockjumper group. Spent the day on the Cedae and Theodoro Trails, great birds including Saffron Toucanet (photographed below), Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Black-billed Scythebill, White-throated Woodcreeper, Planalto Woodcreeper, Grey-hooded Attila, Black-throated Grosbeak, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Spot-breasted Antvireo and Spot-backed Antshrike.

Rockjumper tour continues…..

Another day of the Rockjumper tour with plenty more birds…… Today was spent birding Pico da Caledonia, quality rather than quantity up there with plenty of higher altitude endemics to be seen. We managed to get all of our target birds today, these included Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Itatiaia Thistletail, Velvety-black Tyrant, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Thick-billed Saltator, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Large-tailed Antshrike, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin and Rufous-backed Antvireo! Photos from today include Grey-winged Cotinga, Bay-chested Warbling Finch and Green-crowned Plovercrest (Andy Foster)


Birding the Itororo Lodge grounds

Just returned from a morning birding the Itororo Lodge grounds with the Rockjumper group. A productive morning with some great views of some truly amazing birds! Some of the highlights from this morning were Variegated Antpitta, Giant Antshrike, Cryptic Antthrush, Black-throated Trogon, Black-billed Scythebill, Lesser Woodcreeper, Rufous Gnateater, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Blond-crested Woodpecker and Yellow-browed Woodpecker. Photos from this morning include Variegated Antpitta and Giant Antshrike (Andy Foster)

Rockjumper continues…..

The Rockjumper tour continues with us just having returned from a full days birding to Duas Barras and Sumidouro for some open country birding. We saw just over 100 species today, lots of great birds with highlights including Crescent-chested Puffbird, Gilt-edged Tanager, Three-toed Jacamar, Hangnest Tody-Tyrant, Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher, Blue-winged Macaw, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, White Woodpecker, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Firewood Gatherer, Green-barred Woodpecker, Red-legged Seriema, Curl-crested Jay and Aplomado Falcon. Some photos from today include Crescent-chested Puffbird, Gilt-edged Tanager and Hangnest Tody-Tyrant (Andy Foster)

Rockjumper Atlantic coastal rainforest tour begins!

Yesterday we completed our first full day of the Rockjumper Atlantic coastal rainforest tour, what a day it was! We spent a full day birding along the Macae de Cima road seeing many great species and lots of Atlantic forest endemics! Highlights included Ochre-rumped Antbird, Bertoni’s Antbird, White-bearded Antshrike, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Spix’s Spinetail, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, White-bibbed Antbird, Surucua Trogon,Bare-throated Bellbird, Spot-billed Toucanet, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Greenish Schiffornis, White-barred Piculet, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Squirrel Cuckoo, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Rufous Gnateater, Gray-capped Tyrannulet, Sharp-billed Treehunter and Star-throated Antwren. But the standout bird of the day had to be Large-tailed Antshrike, it showed so well……….
(photo by Andy Foster)

Itororo Lodge!

So, with a free afternoon before our next tour from Rockjumper starts tomorrow we made the most of the natural swimming pool at Itororo Lodge and also spent some time photographing an Amethyst Woodstar that was visiting the lantana flowers by the lodge and couldn’t resist a nice close up photo of the Brassy-breasted Tanager on the feeders in front of the lodge! All photos Andy Foster.

Final day of the photo tour!

So the final day of our photo tour has just finished with a handful of new species photograped today including Green-headed Tanager, White-throated Spadebill, Lineated Woodpecker, Violet-capped Woodnymph and Scale-throated Hermit. We had an excellent 9 days photographing many wonderful birds from the Atlantic Rainforest! Photos below are Green-headed Tanager, Lineated Woodpecker and White-throated Spadebill (Andy Foster)

Photo tour continues……

Our photographic tour continues as we spent the morning at Regua. Pretty hot in the lowlands today but we still managed to pick up some nice species including Brazilian Tanager, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Yellow Tyrannulet. Photos from today are Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Sooretama Slaty Antshrike and Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Andy Foster)

Photo tour continues….

Day 7 of our photo tour saw us visit the Cedae and Theodoro Trails. A great day with some splendid birds popping up in front of our lenses! Highlights from today included Red-necked Tanager, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Violaceous Euphonia, Green-headed Tanager, Spot-billed Toucanet, Blue Manakin, Star-throated Antwren and Golden-chevroned Tanager. Photos below are Red-necked Tanager, Violaceous Euphonia and Glittering-bellied Emerald  (Andy Foster)