Thursday, 16 October 2014

Morning Boat - 17th Oct

This morning after breakfast we set out on another boat trip on the Rio Claro. Several Turquoise-fronted Parrots showed well and plenty of kingfishers, Anhingas, Blue-throated Piping-Guans, Golden-collared Macaws, Bat Falcon and then finally we got close looks at a Sungrebe which remained mostly hidden in the river edge. Moving along we found a single Giant River Otter and shortly after this we had the best views ever of a Rufous-and-green Kingfisher, finishing off all of the Neotropic kingfishers. There were of course bucket loads of other birds seen before we headed back to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards we bset off towards our next destination along the Transpantaneira. Many roadside stops were made for species we had already seen such as Whistling Herons, Capped Herons, Jabiru, Black-collared and Savanna Hawk, Plumbeous and Green Ibis. We got out in the blistering heat to look at Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Greenish Elaenia, Chestnut-vented Conebill and some Small-billed Elaenias. Further on we saw Greater Thornbill, Orange-backed Troupial, Chotoy Spinetail and Barred Antshrike. We then arrived at our next lodge where we had time for an hours walk in the nearby forest. A few things were seen including Mato Grosso Antbird, White-wedged Piculet, Rufous-tailed Jacamar and then absolutely fantastic views of a Brazilian Tapir that walked towards us as dared not move until it eventually came to within about 30ft before it noticed us and walked away.
                                           We had great views of several Black-tailed Tamarins
                                              Nanday Parakeets were easy to see around our lodge

                       Very nice Brazilian Tapir brings our Mammal total to 18 in 3 days!!!


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