Sixth birdwatching trip for 2018.
October 5, 2018
The nice thing about birdwatching is that you also get the time to see and photograph your subject. It is not only about hearing or seeing the birds, it is about everything you might see during such a day.
Today I was accompanied by Derryck Welas, a photographer, who just wanted to take the time and shoot the birds. Here is what we spotted.
As my guest is a keen photographer I decided to give him the space to photograph the subjects before they moved/fly away. Dry season had already started so this meant also that food is also scarce nearby. The animals will have to travel longer distances just to find something to eat.
Here we spotted a Blue-throated Piping Guan hiding inside the shades of this tree.
The nice thing about taking the time to spot some wildlife is that you also will get the opportunity to photograph extraordinary creatures. Here we spotted an Olive wing butterfly (Nessaea Obrinus) while it was resting on top of a leaf inside the forest.
The Swallow-winged Puffbird was seen outside. This is one of the most common birds in Kabalebo but at the same time a lot of people don't recognize this small bird immediately.
We spotted a lot of antbirds inside the forest. Most of them were so active that you barely see them visible. Quite the agile bird. Here you see one Guianan Warbling Antbird .....
..... and here right before a dry leaf a male White-flanked Antwren ......
.... and another male Spot-winged Antbird with nestmaterial.
Not only did we see birds during the whole day, Red Howler Monkeys were quietly moving above us. It was a bit challenging to photograph them inside the dense rainforest, especially while they were also on the move. Somehow I managed to photograph one and I think I took him by surprise too.
Like I said before, food was scarce nearby. There was not a lot to devour so you really had to look for the animals. Most of them stayed quiet and well hidden instead of making a lot of noises while eating or moving around.
This pair of Scarlet Macaws was a good example for that. They stayed still under the shades of this tree only one little sound 'made' their hiding spot visible.
Here is what we spotted for the day:
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