Fifth birdwatching trip for 2018.
July 10, 2018
Phoebe Weseley and David King were visiting our lodge during that period and they also took the time to focus on the avian world. We did not 'discover' a newbie for our bird list but it was a colorful day full of birds. Here is our summary:
In general trogons like to sit still for a long time and since their back has this camouflage color you can easily miss it too. This Violaceous Trogon for instance was sitting half visible on a Cecropia tree. We noticed why this one sat still for so long, he was hunting.
The Black Nunbird was also trying to catch some insects nearby. A dull looking bird but its red beak is an eye catcher.
When the sunlight is harsh and it also starts to get warmer, it is usually the time to look for perched birds. Like for instance this pair of Paradise Jacamars on a leafless branch.
A young Black Caracara couple was also sitting quiet on a leafless branch. It started to get warmer as the day was passing by and that also meant that the birds will become less active and more quiet.
After a long time I finally saw an adult Double-toothed Kite. He also was suffering from the heat but he took precautions for the day and was sitting in the shadow.
It was a period full of Maripa's. So monkeys were seen almost everywhere. This Brown Capuchin Monkey was not happy to share his food with others, but he dealt with it quite easily.
Common Squirrel Monkeys were seen by dozens. Agile and constantly on the move. I managed to photograph this one right before he let go.
While the Capuchins and the Squirrel Monkeys were mobile and active, Red Howler Monkeys decided to take it easy and were just sitting in the harsh sun looking back at us.
Most of the birds were hiding inside the rich shadow places. This Blue-headed Parrot was alone and quiet and did not move at all.
Large Macaws were present all day. One of them was the Scarlet Macaw, here sitting quietly and looking at us from a safe distance.
And the most vivid looking macaw was also present; the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw. Either seen alone, as a couple or in a group. Sometimes they look so bright with a golden touch. I can't imagine a rainforest without these loud, big and colorful birds, they are just part of the Amazon.
And finally after a long time being absent, this Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl was home. You can see that he blends very well with his own home.
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