New tour continues…..

We spent yesterday birding the open country, great fun as usal with lots of fantastic birds including Black-necked Aracari, Three-toed Jacamar, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Crested Black Tyrant, Serra Antwren, Planalto Hermit, Red-legged Seriema, Toco Toucan and Chaco Eagle amongst some 80+ other species! Photo below is a Black-necked Aracari (Andy Foster)

One tour ends…another begins!

One tour ends and another begins! Just started a private 6 day tour based at the wonderful Itororo Lodge! Just spent the day birding at mid elevation with some great birds including Hooded Berryeater, Black and Gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Bare-throated Bellbird, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Diademed Tanager, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Tufted Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike and Green-crowned Plovercrest. Photos from today included a wonderful view down towards Rio de Janeiro, Rufous-tailed Antbird and a rather cooperative Mouse-coloured Tapaculo (Andy Foster)

Open country birding!

Another cracking days birding around Duas Barras and Sumidouro. Just under 100 species seen today including some stunning birds such as Black-necked Aracari, Toco Toucan, Crescent-chested Puffbird, White-eared Puffbird, Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Blackish Rail, Slaty-breasted Wood Rail, Red-legged Seriema, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Three-toed Jacamar, Curl-crested Jay, Yellow-rumped Marsh Bird and Blue-winged Macaw. Photo below is of Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher (Andy Foster)

and the birding continues……

Another fun mornings birding at Itororo Lodge followed by the afternoon on the Cedae Trail and then a bonus Rusty-barred Owl to finish the day! Other highlights from today included Saffron Toucanet, Spot-billed Toucanet, White-breasted Tapaculo, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Spot-backed Antshrike, Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Rufous-capped Motmot, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Burnished-buff Tanager, Gilt-edged Tanager and Brassy-breasted Tanager. Some photos from today included Rusty-barred Owl, Black-cheeked Gnateater and Burnished-buff Tanager (Andy Foster)

New tour begins!

The first full day of our current tour is now complete! Fantastic day birding a mixture of altitudes with some great birds including Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Black and White Hawk Eagle, Black Hawk Eagle, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Dusky-tailed Antbird, White-bearded Antshrike, Bare-throated Bellbird, Large-tailed Antshrike, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Spot-billed Toucanet and many more! Voted one of the best birds today….Green-crowned Plovercrest (Andy Foster)

Avifauna tour

Our recent tour in the Atlantic forest for Avifauna ended very well with 302 species being seen in 10 days, of which 100 were Atlantic forest endemics! One of those below, the Green-headed Tanager is a truly stunning bird! Photo Andy Foster

Avifauna tour continues!

Another full day birding mid elevation forest some 30 minutes from Itororo Lodge. Great day with highlights including Hooded Berryeater, Bare-throated Bellbird, Diademed Tanager, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Cinnamon Tanager, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Amethyst Woodstar and a further 80 species! Photos from today include Diademed Tanager, Cinnamon Tanager and Saffron Toucanet (on Itororo lodge feeders this afternoon)! Photos Andy Foster

Cedae and Theodoro Trails

Our tour continues with another great day birding the Cedae and Theodoro Trails. Highlights lincluded Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Spot-billed Toucanet, Oustalets Tyrannulet, Spot-backed Antshrike, Slaty Bristlefront, Sharpbill, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Black-throated Grosbeak, Blue Manakin, Black-cheeked Gnateater, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner and Blue-bellied Parrot. Photos from today included Red-necked Tanager, Black-cheeked Gnateater and Oustalets Tyrannulet (Andy Foster)

Birding Macae de Cima

Just returned with the Avifauna group from a full days birding at Macae de Cima, great day with White-bearded Antshrike, Tufted Antshrike, Mantled Hawk, Black and White Hawk Eagle, Black Hawk Eagle, Bare-throated Bellbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, Saffron Toucanet, Hangnest Tody Tyrant, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Frilled Coquette and Yellow-browed Woodpecker and a further 80 species! Also went to look for Long-trained Nightjar back at Itororo Lodge for the third time….guess it was third time lucky! Photo, Long-trained Nightjar (Andy Foster)

High altitude birding!

Now onto our 4th day of our ongoing tour, just spent the day birding at Pico da Caledonia. As usual lots of fantastic birds including Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Diademed Tanager, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Thick-billed Saltator, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Rufous tailed Antthrush, Bay-chested Warbling Finch and Rufous-backed Antvireo. Photo below from today is Green-crowned Plovercrest (Andy Foster)