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Report 12. Saturday, September 17, 2016. Tons of New Birds.


The Rufous Horneo builds a wonderful nest of mud. It is in the ovenbird family. The entry curves such that the nestlings are not exposed to the light or weather, and birds with long beaks which might reach in and grab eggs or nestlings are defeated by the sharpness of the curve. At right, a pair of Hyacinth Macaws settle into the top of a tree together. {Ever since seeing the pictures of these macaws on the Birds of Brazil Book, I have wanted to see these birds. Kevin tells us that they have the biggest beaks of the macaws and we see them eating the palm nuts that other birds cannot break open. They seem to travel in pairs. One day, Kevin gets me a feather from one of the birds. What a treasure for me to take home.}


Another pair of Hyacinth Macaws in flight, with gray sky behind. At right is a single bird in full sunshine, with a green background, so the yellow on the face shows nicely.


Check out this spectacular sequence of a colorful Sunbittern taking off. Wonderful patterns. Sister Shirley would do well to make a quilt with this pattern. Or Carrie Ross to make a painting. {It looks so plain when the wings are folded then the surprise when it flies. I'm glad Bob was able to capture this.}


The South American Coati lives in family groups. One bit our van driver when we were in Ecuador on a private tour. He was replaced with a new driver, and we heard later that the wound became infected and he had to go to the hospital, or "to hospital" as the Brits would say.


The Greater Rhea, like the ostrich, raises young in a big group. At right is the Black-bellied Antwren. It was not on our checklist, so our guide Kevin was pretty excited to see this well-dressed bird. {There were a few of these "surprise" birds. Ones that Kevin had not seen here before so he hadn't included them on the list of "birds we are likely to see". So they added to our list of Life birds in a great, bonus way}


A great little bird is the Helmeted Manakin. {Can you believe we saw this bird?!! At right, Kevin coaxed the Undulated Tinamou to come near enough to get this shot through the foliage. {I think the "undulations" are those wiggly stripes on his back.}


I think we saw the Southern Lapwing every day except two. At right, the elegant Pale-crested Woodpecker calls from a distant tree.


The Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl always has the most serious look on his face. {Kevin often used the call of this owl to lure in other birds. Because he eats birds, they flock to spot him and sound a warning when they hear the call. Often he comes in himself which is a bonus because then the birds really get excited and try to make him leave. In the process, we get to see many birds we haven't seen before}. The unbelievable curve of the bill on this Red-billed Scythebill.


Greater Rhea showing off. A beautiful Red-crested Cardinal.


The smooth grayness of a Snail Kite. At right, a pair of Capybaras.


We saw quite a few Marsh Deer. At right is an interesting angle of a Chaco Chachalaca (say cha-cha-LA-cuh).


Below, a Blue-throated Piping-Guan. At right and the two photos below, flashlight-lit nighttime photos of a Spot-tailed Nightjar. Way Cool.


Here is a pretty typical habitat for two Headcovered Birdseekers.


A view from the check-in building, out the glass entrance, of the surrounding grassy meadow of our accommodations for tonight. At right, Sharon is grinding the leaves of her evening tea. Or just having fun.


What a great resting spot, right in front of our room. So this photo is the REST of the story. {At least this time the hammock didn't collapse like the one I got into in Costa Rica that dumped me onto the floor. I was brave enough to try it again.}

Have a great day,

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

Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Spot-tailed Nightjar*, Little Nightjar, Blue-crowned Trogon*, Black-fronted Nunbird*, White-wedged Piculet*, Little Woodpecker, Pale-crested Woodpecker*, Hyacinth Macaw***, Great Antshrike*, Black-bellied Antwren*, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill**, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, White-lored Spinetail, Rufous Cacholote, Chotoy Spinetail, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Forest Elaenia, Large Elaenia, Lesser Elainia, Swainson's Flycatcher, Helmeted Manakin*, Moustached Wren, Masked Gnatcatcher, Red-crested Cardinal*, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Rusty-collared Seedeater, Tawny-bellied Seedeater, Chestnut-bellied Seedfinch, Red-crested Finch, Grassland Sparrow (flight display activity), Epaulet Oriole, Orange-backed Troupial**,.

Upgrades Today:

Undulated Tinamou* (seen, thanks to Kevin's actions, previously heard only), White-winged Becard (previously heard only).

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:

Marsh Deer, South American Coati, Agouti, Iguana.

Life Birds Today: 35
Life Birds on Trip: 273
Trip Birds Seen Today: 45
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 402

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.

Hope you had a good day,

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