12 October 2013

REGUA, Atlantic Forest, Brazil: 12 October

Nicholas, Rachel, Sue and I spent the morning assessing an area of land adjacent to REGUA in the upper Matumbo Valley that is up for sale. A stunning property situated at about 400 m altitude, acquiring this plot would help us stem the rapid growth of holiday homes appearing in the forest bordering the reserve and preserve some good quality lowland forest, but at the moment funding is unfortunately difficult to come by.

Birds seen during our short visit here include a superb Rufous-thighed Kite hunting cicadas, 1 Sepia-capped Flycatcher, 1f Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, and a few Green-headed Tanagers. On a neighbouring property a group of kids pointed out the male Red-billed Curassow, first seen in this area back in June 2012, calling from the top of a tree, and nearby a very unhappy Black-fronted Grosbeak was calling from a cage in the garden. Thankfully, around REGUA at least, caged birds appear to be becoming less commonplace - perhaps REGUA's values are beginning to rub off?

Male Red-billed Curassow Crax blumenbachii, Matumbo Valley, 12 October 2013 - believed to be the only surviving
offspring from REGUA's reintroduction programme

Also noted today, a Cliff Flycatcher, 2 Fork-tailed Flycatcher, 2 White-rumped Swallow, 1 Grey-breasted Martin, 1 Rufous-capped Motmot, and a large flock of very low Biscutate Swifts with a few White-collared Swifts mixed in were logged in the morning along the dirt road from Casa Pesquisa to the reserve, and in the lodge garden an Argentine black and white Tegu Tupinambis merianae showed well (these appear to be getting a little less shy).

Spent the afternoon chilling with a BBQ and wine on the veranda of Nicholas and Raquel's house with, Rachel, Andy and Cristina of Serra dos Tucanos and their daughter Olivia, Nicholas, Raquel and Thomas Locke, and Sue Healey.

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