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Report 18. Friday, September 23, 2016. Moto Grosso to Chapada dos Guimaraes NP and Pousada do Parque (lodge in the park).

Today we start birding on the way to Guimaraes.

Amazonian Motmot. He switches his tail back and forth, back and forth, with pauses in between movements, kind of like a pendulum clock, but with a one or two second pause before the next swing.


A fabulous White-backed Fire-eye. {One of the "ant birds" I spoke about. This one is displaying to another Fire-eye by opening up this white area on his back. Normally, it is only a small white patch.} At right, a beautiful Swallow Tanager, who with its mate, was minding a nest in a hole in the riverbank, below the bridge. {We visited this area 2-3 times as we frustrate Kevin by being unable to see well a "Buff-breasted Wren". I spot it for an instant well down the stream but Bob doesn't. Later he sees it in a bush but I don't. This is the hard part of our "combined" bird list, where we BOTH have to see the bird and KNOW that we both see it. Of course, Kevin is seeing the bird in all these situations, poor guy when we can't.}


A jink of Brown Jacamars (I made up 'jink', but doesn't that feel ok for a bunch of 'em?). These Jacamars are small and travel in bunches, like quadruplets or something. Actually there was a fifth a couple of branches below these. At right a beautiful Sara Longwing butterfly.


A great little Fiery-capped Manakin. Love the combination of colors and the red stripes on white belly and chest.


Another great little Frilled Coquette. Look at him attack that flower. Man, that's so cool.


A Common Potoo, doing his thing, which is perching perfectly still on a broken-off vertical branch, and looking like the stick. Great job. What's brown and sticky? A stick. You're welcome.


Remarkably, the time stamp on this sunset or sunrise photo is 11 am. That can't be. Something is amiss in some camera's clock there. At right is our outdoor but protected dining room. {We get up early one morning (well we get up early every morning so Kevin and I can have one cup of coffee before we head out) but this morning I go down to this dining area just as the sun is rising and audio-record the "dawn chorus" of all the birds singing. It is one of my favorite things about birding, the way they greet the day.}


Here is birding tower in the Parque, way up on top of a hill that you are supposed to hike up to, but because of Sharon's cane, we get permission for Kevin to drive us up. Score! At right, Sharon does a selfie, as you can tell by the size of our vehicle in the lower left corner. The smiles are because we are already on the tower and don't have to climb it.


Shots taken by Kevin on Sharon's iPhone. He was on the tower but out of the photo, above, and he carried Sharon's iPhone down to get these two shots. {The tower is great because you are now above the "canopy" and can look down on the birds feeding at the tops of trees. Kevin thinks he hears "Red and Green Macaws, a target bird for us but we don't see them.}

Cheers Yall,


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

Tataupa Tinamou*, Russet-crowned Crake (heard only, but seen the next day), Ocellated Crake (heard only), Short-tailed Nighthawk, Rufous Nightjar, Planalto Hermit (hummer), White-tailed Goldenthroat, Brown Jacamar*, Lettered Aracari*, Red-and-Green Macaw (heard only, but seen the next day), Planalto Slaty-Antshrike, Large-billed Antwren, White-backed Fire-eye*, Fiery-capped Manakin, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Saffron-billed Sparrow.

Upgrades Today:

Small-billed Tinamou* (heard only, until today when we got great looks),

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:


Life Birds Today: 16
Life Birds on Trip: 353
Trip Birds Seen Today:19
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 510

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.


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