Eight birdwatching trip for 2018.
December 3, 2018
I was with Cornelis Tegelberg. If I recall correctly this was his second visit to Suriname and first in Kabalebo. An enthusiast when it comes to birds. He wanted to take the time to see all these feathered creatures without distractions. Here is what we saw on that day.
When you go on a regular tour, you usually focus on the bigger animals. This means that the smaller creatures are being neglected and overlooked. Which is a pity as there are so many small animals to be seen. One of them was the Common Tody-flycatcher. Here you see only one, but they were traveling in a group of 3.
The Tropical Kingbird is one that you won't miss at all. There were several present in the morning and some even demonstrated their tactical skills in midair while catching some insects.
We also spotted the 3 common tanagers and here I could not help myself when I saw the Blue-gray tanager. The light was perfect and he was also posing for me. I could not resist.
It was a swallow day too. The Grey-breasted Martins were sallying a lot in midair, probably catching all the insects or maybe also were demonstrating their flying skills. Here we spotted some perched on top of an avocado tree.
I wasn't always lucky with the light. Sometimes it was too harsh or sometimes it just disappeared. We were sitting at the cabana beach and were constantly 'bothered' by this Amazon Kingfisher. Yes, it sits right in front of the camera but it doesn't seem so.
The Long-tailed Hermit took me by surprise. While I was also carrying a Tripod, a Telescope and a binocular, I was also trying to take a photo of this hermit. Explains while it looks so blurry too. This was taken inside the forest by the way.
This is a male Wing-barred Seedeater. He was eating first, but when we made eye contact he stopped.
The sun wasn't my best friend that day. We heard the majority first before spotting. This Channel-billed Toucan was one of them. Hiding behind all these leaves.
Also a common bird, especially when you are on the river; a White-winged Swallow.
We were also trying to spot an owl (without any luck) but instead we were surrounded by a group of monkeys. Since we were pretty quiet too, we were able to get quite close. Here, one of the Brown Capuchin Monkeys was looking serious at us. You are being watched.
High up in the sky we spotted this White Hawk too. The King vulture was also nearby, but not at close range for a photo.
The Bat Falcon was also present. Here you see one perched on top of a branch/stick.
We first heard a 'devastating' cry somewhere inside the forest. When we were inspecting the surrounding we stumbled upon this young Great Black Hawk. Still trying to figure out his life I guess.
And here we spotted a nest of the Grey-lined Hawk. There was some movement near the nest so I used the telescope to have a closer look. And there he was, a young Grey-lined Hawk jumping on top of the nest. I guess he was too excited. Can't wait to spread his wings and explore the big world outside his nest. His parents were nearby and made sure he would not make the wrong decisions.
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