LUTMAN'S 2016 BRAZIL BIRDING TRIP

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

Report 17. Thursday September 22, 2016. Full Day in Cerrado and Nearby Forest

 

After seeing our own Giant Anteater, we dig this carved version, about a foot long.

 

Pheasant Cuckoo. White-eared Puffbird.

 

Rusty-backed Antwren

 

Great one-two punch photos - two Burrowing Owls, first the front one in focus, the second, the far one in focus. I told the far one to look at the camera. Owls, they never liste... wait they are the best listeners. Hmmm. Rebellion?

 

Curl-crested Jay. Female Barred Antshrike, with bug. Is that an ant? That better be an ant... {Actually, as Bob well knows, most of the "ant birds", and there are many varieties, "ant birds ant vireos, ant shrikes, ant wrens", etc don't actually eat ants. they follow the ant swarms because the ants eat everything in their path and the bugs fly out to get away from them. These birds then feed on these larger bugs.}

 

Our traveling road today. Straight, if you don't count ups and downs. And dirt. And red. Every once in a while a huge truck comes barreling down, and we have to call timeout till it clears. {Kevin is quite annoyed at these efforts at modernizing the roads as the construction destroys a lot of the bush where he has found "target birds" in the past. He is having to look for more remote areas now.}At right is a Black-tailed Marmoset, with a bulbous W.C.Fields nose.

 

"And how do you like me from THIS side?" At right, our path goes through a circular frame, with flowers wishing us a good trip.

 

Two shots of a Blue-crowned Trogon - one through the scope and the other one with my Canon. NOTE: I don't have this bird checked off as being seen on this date in our checklist. So either a) I missed putting it on the checklist for this day, or b) there is a slipup with the date the photo was taken. Anyway, great bird. {It's amazing for me the pictures that my iphone can take through the scope. Thanks Kevin, for teaching me how to do this.}

 

Dead rattler in the middle of the road. {We don't touch it, but then Kevin moves it off the road to not get squished any further. He has a great love for all living things.}

 

When Kevin walks across this "bridge", I feel it vibrate. So you can imagine my astonishment when a gigantic bus {A SCHOOL BUS!!}lumbers over it successfully. Twice. At right is Sharon, in one of her favorite places -- any hammock, with her new vacation book. {Actually, this looks very comfortable but it's murder on my back as you are forced into a "C" shape and can't adjust easily. Oh well, it looks good for the picture.}

Done for the Day,
Bob

 

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

Pheasant Cuckoo, Tropical Screech-Owl (heard only, seen and photographed later), Scissor-tailed Nightjar**, Great Dusky Swift, White-vented Violetear (hummer), Amazonian Motmot, White-eared Puffbird, Spot-backed Puffbird, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Sooty-fronted Spinetail, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Chapada Suiriri (flycatcher), Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant, White-throated Kingbird, Buff-breasted Wren, Black-faced Tanager, Cinnamon Tanager, Shrike-like (aka White-banded) Tanager, White-rumped Tanager, Guira Tanager, Black-throated Saltator.

Upgrades Today:

None

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:

Black-tailed Marmoset*.

Life Birds Today: 22
Life Birds on Trip: 337
Trip Birds Seen Today:25
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 491

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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