Thursday, 28 May 2015

South Brazil - Day 6

Thankfully we awoke today to no rain. So after breakfast we returned to the area we visited yesterday and after a short while we found and got varying views in flight, perched and feeding on

Canebrake Groundcreeper
the ground of our target bird the localised Canebrake Groundcreeper. In the same area we also found Chestnut-backed Tanager, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Olive Spinetail, and a superb male Plovercrest feeding on some red flowers. Moving on our next stop produced a flock that consisted
Red-necked Tanager

of Olive-green, Sayaca, Black-goggled and some stunning Red-necked Tanagers. We then had lunch before driving to the coast and setting off on our boat ride across the bay towards some mangroves and then a tiny island. Along the way we saw Kelp Gulls, lots of Brown Boobies, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Royal and Cabot’s Terns, and then a possible Brown Skua (to be confirmed). Along the edge of the mangroves we saw Grey-necked Wood Rail, Scarlet Ibis, Little Blue Heron, Cocoi Heron and both Great and Snowy Egrets. A Great Black Hawk was seen as well as Ringed and Amazon Kingfisher. We then spotted several Guiana Dolphins and got to see about 5 small groups
Guiana Dolphin

during the trip. Eventually we arrived at a small forested island with steep rocky edges. From our boat we waited until the first of 500 Red-tailed Parrots came in to roost. They sat in tree tops fanning their

tails and giving a wonderful performance. This was a real spectacle and although slightly too far for good photos we enjoyed fabulous views. As the sun slowly set we headed back making a brief stop at another tiny island that was aglow with hundreds of incredibly bright Scarlet Ibis. As other flew in and landed in the trees we all just watch in complete awe. What a great day!
Scarlet Ibis

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