My first birding trip was on March 18, 2013 with 2 Dutch ladies. I was a bit nervous because it was my first whole day trip too. Macaws, parrots, swallows, hummingbirds, kingfishers, herons, tanagers, woodpeckers ..... you name it, they were present on that day.
I did not take notes of what we saw exactly, some things you learn during the process. But all I can remember is that our morning started very well.
The Harpy Eagle was seen preening early in the morning. I remember that it stayed for quite a while on that same spot. I was very excited to see this large predator on my first birding trip as it is still the number one bird that people want to see.
I have seen the Chestnut Woodpecker a lot inside the rainforest of Kabalebo (Suriname). Not a noisy one compared with the Lineated or the Crimson-crested Woodpecker. Most of the time they are seen clinging onto a tree and work their way up.
Like I said 'most of the time' I have seen the Chestnut Woodpeckers on trees. But when I took this picture I was kind of surprised to see this Chestnut Woodpecker on the ground between all the ripe maripa's.
I didn't know at first what it was that was hopping between these maripa's. It was clear after I zoomed in with my camera. First time too that I have seen a woodpecker on the ground.
They keep surprising me.