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Report 21. Monday, September 26, 2016. First Full Day in Intervales State Park.

My four compatriots, on something good. At right, maybe our last Yellow-fronted Woodpecker.


Now several shots of the fantastic Violet-crested Plovercrest. First, looking right smack at the camera. {Great pictures of this tiny elusive hummingbird, but the ranger knew where the "lek" was, where these males sing for the females so they stay perched and easier to see. The trail out to them wasn't easy, it was wet and lots of brush and roots, and logs to go over or under. As the young men ran ahead (they had another bird they wanted to see particularly) I told Harry "I only have one speed and that is Careful." After all, if I fall and hury myself, we might not see any more birds that day.}


Check left. Check right.


Time for a good old stretch. Ahhhh.


OK, time to fly. Step 1 - raise wings. Step 2 - beat them very fast.

My four birding buddies. The black-capped fellow is a local guide Kevin hires to get us birds that this guy knows EXACTLY where to find. {Kevin and Harry were after a nesting eagle that they had never seen. A Life bird for those 2 is very rare. We could only see the top of the nesting female's head, but if those 2 were sure of the identity WE are sure. At right, the fabulous Hooded Berryeater at the same spot. Three great birds.}

Black-fronted Piping-Guan. At right, the colorful Red-and-white Crake. {Like attracting the Wood-Quail, the rangers here dig up worms, put the worms on the ground, and tap on a log, and then we wait. Soon out walks the Red-and-
White Crake; usually a very shy bird that few people are lucky enough to see. Lucky, that's us!!}

The Stygian Owl is perched exactly on top of the tallest vettical branch of a tree, and Kevin says this is where he sits for dinner, waiting for moths to come close to him. We have put three flashlights on him to get enough light for the camera to record him. I love the shivering, shaking of the feathers at right.


And then he's back to normal. Great shot of a Parauque.




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

Solitary Tinamou*, Black-fronted Piping-Guan, Gray-bellied Hawk, Mantled Hawk, Long-tufted Screech-Owl, Stygian Owl, Violet-crowned Plovercrest**, Ochre-collared Piculet, Bertoni's Antbird (heard only, seen a couple of days later), Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Oustalet's Tyrannulet, Bay-ringed Tyrannulet, Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant (heard only), Hangnest Tody-Tyrant, Sharpbill, Cinnamon-vented Piha.

Upgrades Today:

Spot-backed Antshrike (previously heard only visual today), Ochre-rumped Antbird (seen, previously heard only), Variegated Antpitta** (previously heard only, great video today), White-breasted Tapaculo (previously heard only, visual today), Hooded Berryeater (previously heard only, today great photos),.

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:

Paca. Looks like a cross between a tiny pig and a chipmunk. Hmm. Anyway, weird-looking, with two curved rows of white dots on the side of its brown body.

Life Birds Today: 16
Life Birds on Trip: 382
Trip Birds Seen Today: 16
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 545

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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