LUTMAN'S 2016 BRAZIL BIRDING TRIP

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

Report 6. Sunday, September 11, 2016. Happy Birthday to Sister Shirley.

 

Another tree is the early morning perch for several Dusky-legged Guans. As you can see, advertising is alive and well on the entry door to the check-in building.

 

The entry floor map is attractive, with that caret over the 'e' in Ype. At right is the beautiful swimming pool. {Too busy and cold for us to swim although we both brought our suits.}

 

Early morning fog lies in the valleys around us. The next two photos appear to show the Magpie Tanager trying to keep his face away from the camera, but he or she is gorgeous. They are building a nest in the greenery below the pool area.

 

The Saffron Finch is right at home on a ledge in the vertical rock wall below the pool area.

 

In an attempt to see a very cool hummingbird, Kevin takes us over to a defunct hotel, where he says he actually stayed at when it was in business. I like the fog and palm tree in the 'ole' created by the other foliage in the photo at left. It is very strange to see such a big, pink building just sitting there, decaying.

 

You may recall the sample page in the Brazil Bird Database discussion at the top of the Trip Report List - the Frilled Coquette, repeated for you here and now. Then scroll on down just below it.

 

{And here are the pictures of the "Frilled Coquette" hummingbird. He displays the orange feathers to other males in his territory, along with the striking black and white shoulder feathers. A very tiny hummingbird but spectacular.}

What a great piece of luck, to shoot the little guy, soaking up the late afternoon sun just as we were packing up to leave the pink hotel and go back to the do Ype.

I like the colors of this flower. At right, this Woolly Monkey is very comfortable holding onto the tree and checking us out. There are several different types of monkey called Woolly Monkey and when I google that, I get lots of monkeys that don't look like this, in addition to this one.

 

More woolly. More monkey. Sharon is very thoughtful in the picture at right. As I recall, she's cold, and is enjoying sitting in the sun.

 

She sees me. I should pick this flower and put it in her hair.

 

Here is the crumbling pink hotel from our hotel, at left. At right is, are you sitting down?, a green coke can. What in the...?

 

I like this shot taken on the fourth step down towards the dining room, with Sharon above me, on the parking pavement, and our cabin above that. I also love moon shots.

 

Sunset is gorgeous, looking down to the valley below. Sharon tests the temperature of the "hot tub". She says it's kind of luke warm. {I thought I might try their "hot tub" but found it wasn't very warm, like a tepid bathtub so not worth it.}

 

Below left is the giant electrical heating coils they stick down in the water to warm it. {How can this even be safe? What if you stepped into the water when they were heating it? This looks like those coils you get to heat just one cup of water for tea, but giant.}

 

They made this cool thing from an iron wagon wheel and wine bottle corks. So if your covered wagon crashed into the water, you'd float, I reckon.

 

Another great day, folks. Good night,
Bob

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

Sick's Swift (What if there were six Sick's Swifts?), Rufous-capped Motmot, Blue-winged Macaw, Slaty Bristlefront (heard only. We see this bird the next day), Planalto Woodcreeper, White-throated Woodcreeper, White-collared Foliage-gleaner, Greenish Elaenia, Eared Pygmy-tyrant*, Euler's Flycatcher, Large-headed Flatbill, Gray-hooded Attila*, Short-crested Flycatcher, Magpie-Tanager*, Gilt-edged Tanager*, Buffy-fronted Seedeater, Temminck's Seedeater, Green-winged Saltator.

Upgrades Today: none.

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:

Life Birds Today: 18
Life Birds on Trip: 150
Trip Birds Seen Today: 22
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 242

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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