This morning after an early breakfast we met up with a local guide who took us to a secret pond where we enjoyed fabulous views of up to 20 Ringed Teal. While we were here we witnessed masses
Ringed Teal - males
Ringed Teal - female
of birds including maybe hundreds of thousands of ibis and ducks flying out of the distant marshes and lagoon. The distant skies were simply filled with endless flocks of birds, a truly awesome sight. It then began to rain and as we were not all prepared for this, most of us got soaking wet. We quickly returned to the hotel just 5 minutes away and changed into dry clothes before continuing on to our next birding destination called the Black Skimmer track. Here amongst the flooded grasslands we were pleased
that Eduardo got a life bird in the form of 7
Tawny-throated Dotterels. We also had Rufous-chested Dotterels, Grey-hooded
Gulls, countless Bare-faced and White-faced Ibis, Egrets, Southern Screamers,
Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns. Several Correndera Pipits showed well,
Many thanks to Eduardo for his fantastic guiding which produced many sought after and very difficult species, filling in many gaps on peoples Neotropic life lists.
I would also like to thank everyone else on this trip for spotting birds and making it a great fun and very successful tour to an area of Brazil that still as yet visited by very few birders!
Steve & Gina