and now onto Regua

Today we have moved on from Itororo Lodge to Regua in the lowlands. We departed Itororo at 08.00 and the journey down took just 1.5 hours. We soon settled into the lodge and our new surroundings and prior to lunch we birded around the wetlands picking up many new species including Sooretama Slaty Antshrike, Silvery-flanked Antwren, Red-rumped Cacique, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Common Gallinule, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Purple Gallinule, Wattled Jacana, Capped Heron, Striated Heron, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Yellow-backed Tanager, Brazilian Teal and Muscovy Duck. Nearing the Lodge we picked up a flying Black and White Hawk Eagle, which perched close by giving great views!

After lunch we set off along the Brown Trail and unfortunately it turned out to be a slow afternoon, mainly I think due to the cold front that was pushing in. We did however see several new species for the trip including both White-faced and Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Muscovy Duck, Brazilian Teal, Neotropic Cormorant and after a lot of effort we managed to get views of Southern Antpipit, Unicoloured Antwren, White-bearded Manakin, Brazilian Tanager, Ochre-lored Flatbill, Channel-billed Toucan, Greater Ani, Laughing Falcon and 3 species of Kingfisher, Ringed, Amazon and Green.

We arrived back at the Lodge late afternoon and set off almost straight away to try to see Giant Snipe. Whilst waiting for the Giant Snipe to start flying we picked up a Collared Forest-Falcon calling in a distant tree. About 15 minutes later with rain now becoming quite constant we picked up 2 Giant Snipes walking around close by in the grass….a great sight to watch!

Giant Snipe (©Andy Foster)