Rockjumper Tour – first day!

No longer had we said goodbye to our last group from Birdfinders to welcome the next group from Rockjumper! The group arrived in two separate groups due to the early arrival of 2 of the flights. During the day we picked up lots of good birds and went for a short walk on the White Trail within the Lodge grounds. Quite a successful first half day with some good birds including Variegated Antpitta, Rufous-capped Motmot, Frilled Coquette (first for the Lodge grounds), Black Jacobin, Brazilian Ruby, Scale-throated Hermit, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Surucua Trogon, Pin-tailed Manakin, Slaty-breasted Wood Rail, Bare-throated Bellbird, White-eyed Parakeet, Magpie Tanager, Pallid Spinetail, Lineated Woodpecker, Short-tailed Nighthawk and the last bird of the day, the stunning Long-trained Nightjar!

Brazilian Ruby (Andy Foster)
Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail at the Lodge feeders (Andy Foster)

Birdfinders tour – last day

The Birdfinders tour has sadly come to an end with a grand total of 93 Atlantic forest endemics being seen! Full trip totals and trip report will be online soon. We spent the last morning birding the Lodge grounds trying to pick up a few species that we were missing. A tough morning mainly looking for Antthrushes etc, but we did have success with good views of Brazilian Antthrush, Variegated Antpitta, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Green-winged Saltator, Spot-winged Wood-Quail and Versicoloured Emerald.

Scale-throated Hermit at the Lodge (Andy Foster)



Birding Macae de Cima

Just returned from a great days birding on the Macae de Cima Trail. Lots of good birds with some fantastic views of Slaty Bristlefront, Saffron Toucanet, Black-billed Scythebill,  Plovercrest, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, White-browed Foliage Gleaner and Lesser Woodcreeper. Just before lunch we used some playback and called in a White-bearded Antshrike (such a great bird) and a Yellow Tyrannulet, this was followed by Surucua Trogon, White-bibbed Antbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, Rufous-capped Spinetail and a couple of Sharp-billed Treehunters.

Pin-tailed Manakin on the trail today (©Andy Foster)
Slaty Bristlefront on the trail today (©Andy Foster)





Open country birding!

Today we spent our time birding the area around Duas Barras and Sumidouro for some open country birding. We had a very productive day seeing 105 species! Highlights were many and included Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Blue-winged Macaw, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Savanna Hawk, Whistling Heron, Planalto Hermit, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Tail-banded Hornero, Grey-eyed Greenlet, Gilt-edged Tanager, Serra Antwren, Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher, Green-barred Woodpecker, White Woodpecker, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Red-rumped Cacique, Red-legged Seriema, Crested Black-Tyrant, Grassland Sparrow, Brown-chested Martin, White-rumped Monjita, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Firewood Gatherer, Plumbeous Kite, Lesser Seedfinch, Tawny-headed Swallow, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, White-eared Puffbird, Curl-crested Jay, Lineated Woodpecker, Black-necked Aracari and finally after a lot of hard work and worry (!) we found a couple of Three-toed Jacamars!

White-eared Puffbird (©Andy Foster)




High Altitude Birding!

Just returned from a days birding at Pico da Caledonia, what a great days birding we had! Everything just fell into place today and we managed to get all of our target species! Highlights from today included Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Scaly-headed Parrot, Lineated Woodpecker, Black and Gold Cotinga, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Thick-billed Saltator, Large-tailed Antshrike, Plovercrest, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Shear-tailed Grey-Tyrant, Black Hawk-Eagle, Grey-winged Cotinga, Diademed Tanager, Velvety-black Tyrant, Cinnamon Tanager, Itatiaia Thistletail, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Rufous-backed Antvireo and Red-legged Seriema!

Thick-billed Saltator (©Andy Foster)



Birding the Lodge grounds

Just finished a very productive day birding the Itororo Lodge grounds. In the morning we birded the Blue Trail and the afternoon was spent on the White Trail. A challenging but rewarding day with many highlights including 2 Swallow-tailed Cotingas perched close to the Lodge, Lineated Woodpecker, Half-collared Sparrow, Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Green-backed Becard, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Pallid Spinetail, Rufous Gnateater, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Planalto Woodcreeper, Blue Manakin, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Grey-bellied Spinetail, Giant Antshrike, Bare-throated Bellbird, Surucua Trogon, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Bertoni’s Antbird and a Drab-breasted Bamboo Tyrant.

In the afternoon we spent some time looking for Variegated Antpitta with some great results and after a lot of effort everyone got good views of this elusive species! We also had great views of a pair of Chestnut-headed Tanagers, Scaled Woodcreeper and Buff-fronted Foliage Gleaner. The hummingbird feeders at the Lodge were very busy this afternoon with plenty of White-throated Hummingbirds, Versicoloured Emerald, Brazilian Ruby, Black Jacobin, Violet-capped Woodnymph and Scale-throated Hermits paying regular visits.

White-throated Hummingbird (Andy Foster)





Birdfinders tour!

Just completed the second day of the Birdfinders tour. All going well so far with some great birds! Yesterday was spent birding the White Trail in the Lodge grounds and today we birded both the Cedae and Theodoro Trails. Highlights over the last couple of days have included Mantled Hawk, Rufous-headed Tanager, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Spot-backed Antshrike, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, Scaled Woodcreeper, Sharpbill, White-rimmed Warbler, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Spot-billed Toucanet, White-throated Woodcreeper, Black Jacobin, White-barred Piculet, Scale-theoated Hermit, Brazilian Ruby, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Surucua Trogon, Rufous-capped Motmot, Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeet and Blue-bellied Parrot!

White-barred Piculet (Andy Foster)


Long-trained Nightjars return!

Whilst we have been on our summer holidays (!) the Long-trained Nightjars have returned to their usual spot within the Lodge grounds! Hopefully this means that for the next few months we should be able to see these wonderful birds on a daily basis! The feeders at the Lodge remain busy together with some nice mixed flocks within the Lodge grounds.

Long-trained Nightjar in the Lodge grounds!

British Bird Fair 2017

Just a quick post to let you know that we will as usual have a stand at the British Bird Fair this year, so please do come along and talk to us about the tours that we offer to Brazil, these include the Atlantic Forest, Pantanal, Iguazu Falls, North-East Brazil and Cristalino Jungle Lodge!

We look forward to seeing you there, Marquee number 5, stand 35!

Hyacinth Macaw on one of our Pantanal tours this year (Andy Foster)