LUTMAN'S 2016 BRAZIL BIRDING TRIP

NOTE:  When Sharon adds comments, they will be in {curly brackets}.

Report 5. Saturday, September 10, 2016. Fourth Birding Day.

This Charlie Chaplin figure graced the door to the men's bathroom. And this lovely lady was on the Ladies' Loo.

 

Fog shrouded the hills as we left Ubatuba for our next stop. The roads were curvy but excellent, for the most part. {By the 3rd day, Bob's back is really hurting him. We go to a pharmacy around the corner from our hotel and I show them the word "Naproxin" and they get us some extra strength. I've been uncomfortable with him using too much of it as he bruises easily so suggest he use my pillow behind his back when we are travelling in the car (we are so often driving on dirt, gravel roads, very bumpy) I always bring my pillow with me since our experience in Australia and know it helps me a lot. I use a small blanket (which I also bring with me on trips) as a pillow behind my back and by the next day, he's feeling much better and after a couple of days, he has no pain at all. Yea, Bob.}

 

During the day, we stopped for lunch at a spot, after which I want to use the rest room. No one else was around, and I come upon this double choice of a) word, and b) animal. I don't know which is mens and which is womens. Let's see, is a turkey or frog more like a man? Hmm. OK, let's go with the words. Homens or Mulheres. Homens is like Womens, but an H instead of a W. But it contains the word 'men'. Double Hmmmm. I finally pick Mulheres, the frog. Inside there are individual booths and I go in one lock the door and have a seat. Soon a hear ladies' voices. Uh, I think I know what Mulheres are now. I wait for the voices to leave, then calmly, but fairly quickly as you can imagine, exit the ladies' rest room. {Portuguese is similar, but not identical with Spanish. I think this is similar to Hombre for men and Mujeres for women in Spanish.}

 

We continue on, secure in the knowledge that Homens is Men. Got it. Heh heh.

As you can see, one van did miss a curve and wound up on the forest floor on its side. Quick! Someone call the toy ambulance! At right is a private home's not-very-well-stocked bird feeder plus some very interesting statues.

 

I enjoy the colors of this flower, as the sun hits it. {Orchids, I think} At right is a White-throated Hummingbird, stopped in his tracks by the fast shutter of my camera. Love the sharp focus of the eye. {You can even see the tongue of the bird!}

 

This elegantly dressed bird is a Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper. At right is the entry sign to the Itatiaia National Park (Pronounced ee-TAH-chee-eye-uh, I think), which we will bird in great detail..

 

Hotel do Ype (say EE-peh, though it might be ee-PEH, as there is a funny mark over the 'e') has many different little A-frames perched on the side of the steeply rising mountain. Some are single level (like ours on the right - Cabana ICARAI, and some are two-level, like Cabana ITAPOA, on the left. The next photo is a glorious enormous tree, overlooking the valley far below, giving all the birds a rest stop when they want. {All the cabanas are positioned all over the hillside with the restaurant on the Parking lot level. Kevin tells them I would have some trouble with one very far up or down with all the steps involved so our cabana is only one flight up. Thanks, Kevin}

 

It is great to be at this altitude, with the spectacular view and great feeling. The living room, in the front of the building has a nice couch and space for me to spread out my electronics and photography stuff.

 

The bedroom has a TV, which we don't have time for, a shuttered window, a fireplace, and the bed, tucked into the cozy corner. {I loved this cabin with all the dark wood.}

 

But back to birding...

The Rufous-collared Sparrow is a bird we see almost every day, and it is quite well-dressed. When I see a bird standing on one leg, I think, "I do that." At right, a Maroon-bellied Parakeet chomps on a leaf.

 

At left, I am standing beside the swimming pool, pointing the camera uphill, over the building adjacent to the pool. At right is a Red-rumped Cacique on a most interest piece of vegetation - an elavorate flower or fruit of some kind. {I guess Bob didn't notice the bananas on this plant. I believe the flower is the flower of the banana plant. Bob's response: Wow, who would have thought to look at the rest of the photograph!? That flower flummoxed me}

 

Sharon stops me as I'm exiting our cabin. At right is the view I have, as I am standing in the doorway. The roof you see is the main building - administration, check-in, dining room, lounging area. There are wonderful bird feeders in the back.

 

And this is the view out our door, as I pan left about 90 degrees. You can just see the swimming pool corner. At right is our view out the front if I step back into the cabin a few feet.

 

It's a bit cool, and though there isn't much kindling, there are logs and large pieces. After dinner and checklist review, Sharon manages to warm the place up. {Me, a firestarter!! After it got going, it really warmed up the room. And do you notice the turtleneck shirt I'm wearing? I, at the last minute at home, packed this shirt, and one jacket in case I got cold. I already had packed another rain-proof coat but had not thought it would really be cold in Brazil! Shows you how much I know about foreign countries. At one point, later in the trip, I had 5 layers on to keep warm}

That's it for now.

Life Birds Today (* - indicates a spectacular bird or sighting):

Dusky-legged Guan, Gray-headed Kite, Rufous-thighed Kite, Tawny-browed Owl* , Scale-throated Hermit (hummer), White-throated Hummingbird*, Surucua Trogon*, Green-billed (also called Red-breasted, but I object - it's the belly that's red, not the breast) Toucan*, White Woodpecker, Laughing Falcon (heard only today, but seen later in the trip), White-eyed Parakeet, Giant Antshrike (heard only, but seen laterseen on the trip), Large-tailed Antshrike*, Wite-bibbed Antbird (heard, but later seen on the trip), White-breasted Tapaculo (heard, but later seen on the trip), Criptich Antthrush (heard, but later seen on the trip), Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Pallid Spinetail, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, Sibilant Sirystes (this wins the award for bird name that gives you no clue whatsoever as to what family it's in or what it looks like), Hooded Berryeater (heard, but later seen on the trip), Greenish Schiffornis (at least this name tells you something of the color of the bird), Rufous-crowned Greenlet, Olive-green Tanager, Black-goggled Tanager, Uniform Finch, Golden-winged Cacique, Green-chinned (also called green-throated) Euphonia.

Upgrades Today: none

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today: Squirrel, Brown Capuchin (monkey).

Life Birds Today: 31
Life Birds on Trip: 132
Trip Birds Seen Today: 41
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 220

Note: A Trip Bird is any species seen for the first time this trip. A Life Bird is a bird we have never encountered before. All Life Birds found are also Trip Birds.

Cheers,
Bob


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