16 March 2014

REGUA, Atlantic Forest, Brazil: 16 March

Birded the Waldenoor area of REGUA this morning. Things were very quiet, no doubt at least partly due to the very hot and humid conditions. The journey along the dirt road from Matumbo to the trail-head was fairly productive, with the highlight being a female Giant Antshrike at very low altitude and in very atypical grass and scrub habitat. Also seen along the road: 1 White-cheeked Puffbird, 1 Yellow-bellied Elaenia, 2(1m, 1f) Brazilian Tanager, 2 Double-collared Seedeater, 1 Common Waxbill, 1 House Sparrow, 1(H) Ash-throated Crake, 1 Giant Cowbird, 3 Red-rumped Cacique, 4 Grey-breasted Martin, and a large flock of Blue-and-white Swallow (mainly juveniles) - probably a post-breeding gathering. A Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth was also seen.

Female Giant Antshrike along the dirt road to Waldenoor today. A very unusual record in atypical habitat.

Blue-and-white Swallows on the road to Waldenoor

The trails around Waldenoor itself were extremely quiet. Highlights: 1 Mantled Hawk overhead, 3 Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, 1 Cliff Flycatcher, 1 Sepia-capped Flycatcher, 1+ Olive-green Tanager, 1 very brief Black-goggled Tanager, 1 Golden-crowned Warbler, 1 Black-throated Trogon, 1 Surucua Trogon, 2 Violet-capped Woodnymph, lots of Biscutate Swift, 2 Chestnut-crowned Becard and 1(H) Rough-legged Tyrannulet.

A late afternoon scan over the wetland from the lodge tower produced a superb fly-by Aplomado Falcon, 5+ Channel-billed Toucan, 1 White-necked Heron, 5 Great Egret (a high site count), lots of Pale-vented Pigeon, several Black-bellied and White-faced Whistling-Ducks, and several hundred Cattle Egret coming in to roost.

1 comment:

  1. Crikey, some list there Lee. I had to google Violet-capped Woodnymph - what a bird!