Birding Pico da Caledonia!

We have just spent a very productive day birding Pico da Caledonia. It was a lovely clear and cool morning and there was a fair bit of activity, first up we used playback to call in a Rufous-tailed Antbird which gave great views! We continued on up the road and within a few hundred metres we hit a good little mixed flock that contained Diademed Tanager, Thick-billed Saltator, Rufous-crowned Greenlet, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Mottled-cheeked Tyrannulet, Rufous-tailed Antbird and a couple of Serra do Mar Tyrannulets! We also got some great views of a male Plovercrest in the same area. We continued on up the steep road and were hearing the continuous mournful call of the Black and Gold Cotinga which shortly afterwards we managed to locate from a view point. Other highlights from the days birding included Rufous-backed Antvireo, Grey-winged Cotinga, Large-tailed Antshrike, Velvety Black-Tyrant, Itatiaia Thistletail,  Cinnamon Tanager, Rufous-capped Spinetail and to finish the day off, 3 Red-legged Seriemas! A great end to a tiring but very productive days birding!

Green-crowned Plovercrest photographed on todays excursion (© Andy Foster)