Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Transpantaneira 14th -15th Oct

So our first day started with us leaving Cuiaba after breakfast and then heading towards the famous wetlands of the vast Pantanal. There were to be numerous roadside stops along the way resulting in a total of 102 species for the day. Starting off we had a nice flock of about 50 Snail Kites, but more impressive was a flock of around 100 Mississippi Kites. This is a rare boreal migrant through Brazil and this huge flock drifted past on their way to Southern South America. So birds cam thick and fast with several of our vtargets soon on the list. Our first Greater Rheas were soon followed by Fork-tailed flycatchers, Grassland Sparrow, Great Black Hawk, Guira Cuckoo, Lesser-yellow-headed Vultures, Purplish Jay, and then three very nice Campo Flickers. We then got to see White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Rusty-collared and Black-throated Seedeaters and a very nice Long-tailed Ground-Dove. As we passed more and more wetlands then more and more birds appeared. Bare-faced,. Buff-necked Ibis, Plumbeous Ibis. We then had Savana and Blck-collared hawks, Roadside Hawk, huge Jabiru, Cocio Heron, Whistling Heron, Capped Heron, Green Ibis, Grey-necked WoodRail, Southern Screamer, Brazilian Teal, anf finally just before lunch the first of three Red-legged Seriemas. Our lunch was followed by a little birding atround the gardens where we enjoyed close Grey Monjita, White-eyed Parakeets, and a host of other specoies. Moving on we took forever to travel 30km as  there was just too much to see. Ringed, Amazon and Green Kingfishers were seen, Unicoloured Blackbird, Solitary and Yellow-rumped Cacique and Bare-faced Curassow. One partular small pool held |Roseate Spoonbill two Sunbitterns including a spectacular disply when one of them open it wings fully, revealing a stunning pattern. An Undulated Tinamou walked across the road and bothy Blaxk-tailed Marmosets and Brown Capuchin monkeys were seen.


This morning we had a pre breakfast walk around the lodge frounds and soon had great views of Crey-crested Cacholote, the endemic Chestnut-bellied Guans were everywhere, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, some Golden-collared Macaws flew over, and a female Bare-faced Currasow walk through the gardens, After breakfast the bird feeders drew our attention with countless Yellow-billed Cardinals, Saffron Finches, Bay-winged Cowbirds and then finally some gorgeous and very localised Nanday Parakeets. After  breakfast we drove a short distanve to an area of forest and here we took a walk on a small trail A Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant started off proceedings shortly followed by a showy Ferruginous Pygmy Owl. It was quiet for a while and then we were treated to great views of Crimson-crested Woodpecker and Chestnut-eared Aracari. We then found a Dark-billed Cuckoo which eventually showed well, followed bt Great Black Hawk, and then a mixed flock that held Red-billed Scythebill, Streaked Xenops, Crested Becard, Epaulete Oriole, Buff-throated Woodcreeper and a little firther on were Orange-backed Troupial, Blue-crowned Motmot, Black-fronted Nunbirds and a superb Great Rufous Woodcreeper. It was now really hot in the forest so we headed baxk toward the bus. A few Black-tailed Tamarins and Azaras Agouti were nice mammal distractions and some really nice butterflies added to an excellent morning. Back at the lodge the Nanday Parakeets were showing well, alongside several Blue-crowned Parakeets and some nice showy Campo Flickers.

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