3 July 2016

REGUA, Atlantic Forest, Brazil: 3 July

Arrived at REGUA this morning, Rachel and my home away from home and foreign patch, in the Atlantic Forest of south-east Brazil - our first visit since March 2014. 2 Roseate Spoonbill on the estuary by the airport seen from the minibus are my first I've seen here, and the usual Magnificent Frigatebirds were also seen from the bus around the airport area.

Spent most of the day at REGUA catching up with of good friends Nicholas and Raquel Locke. Lots of bird activity in the lodge garden today (the lodge garden is usually busier during the austral winter, when temperatures are lower and many species move to lower altitudes) including a new species for the lodge garden - a male House Sparrow on the veranda! This only my second record at REGUA - the first being at the conservation centre. Also coming to the feeders in the lodge garden were 2 Buff-throated Saltator, 1 Squirrel Cuckoo, 3 (2m, 1f) Purple-throated Euphonia, 2 (1m, 1f) Violaceous Euphonia, 1+ Channel-billed Toucan, 1f Brazilian Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, 1+ Red-rumped Cacique, lots of Blue Dacnis (males and females) and Maroon-bellied Parakeets, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird and Glittering-throated Emerald.

An afternoon walk around the wetland with Rachel Walls, Sue Healey, Nicholas and Raquel to see the changes (including the beginning of the construction of the tapir reintroduction pen) produced 1 Anhinga, 1+ ad. Rufescent Tiger-Heron, 3 Striated Heron, 2 Capped Heron, several Black-crowned Night-Heron (Amanda's Hide), 6 Muscovy Duck, 2 Brazilian Teal, 1H Rufous-sided Crake, 13 Neotropical Cormorant into roost (my highest count at the REGUA wetland), 1m Rufous-tailed Jacamar, 1+ Ringed Kingfisher, 1 Amazon Kingfisher, 4 Broad-snouted Caiman and lots of Capybara.

Heard a Tropical Screech-Owl while walking up the lodge drive at dusk, and I've got the MV at moth wall on but I'm too tired to stay up so I'll check it in the morning.

Capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, REGUA wetland, 3 July 2016 - the world's largest rodent. The animals at REGUA appeared
naturally after the wetland was created. I've eaten Capybara - it tasted worse than they look!

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