Birdfinders tour

The Birdfinders trip finished well with a total of 281species seen, and a further 9 being heard only. We spent our last full day at the wetlands picking up just under 30 new species for the trip. Highlights included Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Rufous-sided Crake, Scaled Antbird, Rufous-capped Motmot, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, Long-billed Wren, Greater Ani, Chestnut-backed Antshrike and Brazilian Tanager. We spent the final morning of the tour birding the White and Green Trails in the Itororo Lodge grounds picking up an amazing 5 new species! These were Spotted Bamboo Wren, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, Yellow Tyrannulet and Black-throated Trogon, not a bad end to the tour!
Buff-bellied Puffbird taken on the Cedae Trail earlier in the week (Trev Girling)

Birding at Macae de Cima

Just come back from an action packed days birding at Macae de Cima with the group from Birdfinders! A brilliant days birding with some great sightings including Giant Antshrike, Uniform Finch, Bare-throated Bellbird, Brazilian Antthrush, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Black and White Hawk-Eagle, White-bearded Antshrike (male and female), Slaty Bristlefront, Surucua Trogon, White-bibbed Antbird, Lesser Woodcreeper, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, White-throated Woodcreeper, Half-collared Sparrow, Mantled Hawk and White-crested Tyrannulet!

Slaty Bristlefront (Andy Foster)


Birding the Itororo Lodge grounds

Just returned from a morning birding the Blue Trail in the Itororo Lodge grounds. Very productive morning with highlights including Grey-capped Tyrannulet, White-throated Woodcreeper, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, White-rimmed Warbler, Saffron Toucanet, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, White-browed Foliage Gleaner, Surucua Trogon, Lesser Woodcreeper and Buff-browed Foliage Gleaner.

Saffron Toucanet on the trail this morning (Andy Foster)


Birdfinders tour day 3 and 4!

Just completed the 4th day of the Birdfinders tour, we spent the day birding around Duas Barras and Sumidouro with one of our main highlights being the Three-toed Jacamar, however we saw so many other great birds during the day including Gilt-eged Tanager, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Aplomado Falcon, Bat Falcon, Red-legged Seriema, Serra Antwren, White-eared Puffbird, White-eyed Parakeet, Blue-winged Macaw, Whistling Heron and Black-necked Aracari.
Yesterday we birded Pico da Caledonia with again many highlights including Black and Gold Cotinga, Grey-winged Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Diademed Tanager, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Red-legged Seriema, Crane Hawk, White-rumped Hawk, Rufous-backed Antvireo and Rufous-tailed Antbird!
Gilt-edged Tanager (Andy Foster)
Black and Gold Cotinga (Andy Foster)

Birdfinders tour

Just completed our second day of the Birdfinders Atlantic forest tour, a tough day weather wise but we have seen some fantastic birds today including Chestnut-headed Tanager, Spot-billed Toucanet, Amethyst Woodstar, White-throated Hummingbird, Channel-billed Toucan, Brazilian Ruby, Star-throated Antwren, Tufted Antshrike, Rufous Gnateater, Serra do Mar Tyrant Manakin, Blue Manakin, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Ochre-breasted Foliage Gleaner, Green-headed Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager and Lesser Woodcreeper!

Brassy-breasted Tanager on the Itororo Lodge feeders (Andy Foster)
White-throated Hummingbird at Itororo Lodge (Andy Foster)
Violet-capped Woodnymph at Itororo Lodge (Andy Foster)


Naturetrek tour day 7

Now into our 7th day of the Naturetrek tour and just returned from a mornings birding along the Waldonor trail. A very productive morning with highlights including Mantled Hawk, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Eye-ringed Tody Tyrant, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Yellow-green Grosbeak, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Spot-billed Toucanet, Green-headed Tanager, White-chinned Sapphire and Olive-green Tanager.

Black-cheeked Gnateater (Andy Foster)
Mantled Hawk (Andy Foster)

Naturetrek tour day 6!

We arrived at Regua yesterday having stopped off briefly on the Cedae Trail on the way down the mountains picking up Black-throated Grosbeak, Mantled Hawk, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Red-necked Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Plain-winged Woodcreeper and Green Honeycreeper. Lots of new species as we hadn’t visited the lowlands so far on this trip. Today we spent the day birding the Green Trail, a little quiet but still picked up some great species. Highlights over the past couple of days have included Silvery-flanked Antwren, Unicoloured Antwren, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Southern Antpipit, Lesser Woodcreeper, White-eyed Foliage Gleaner, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Scaled Antbird and Black-throated Trogon. We also had a very successful evening of night birding with great views of Giant Snipe, Tawny-browed Owl and Black-banded Owl!

Giant Snipe (Andy Foster)
Black-banded Owl (Andy Foster)

Naturetrek tour day 4!

Day 4 of the Naturetrek tour and unfortunately we have been hit with bad weather. Pouring with rain but thankfully the feeders on the decking area of Itororo Lodge have been very productive with great views of Azure-shouldred Tanager, Black-goggled Tanager, Sayaca Tanager, Green-winged Saltator, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Burnished-buff Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Pale-breasted Thrush and various hummingbirds including Scale-throated Hermit, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Brazilian Rby, Black Jacobin and White-throated Hummingbird.

White-throated Hummingbird (Andy Foster)
Male Brazilian Ruby (Andy Foster)