Even on a rainy and cloudy birdingday it is still possible to meet some remarkable birds in Kabalebo. Enjoy!
April 21, 2016:
I was this time accompanied by Bart & Vincent Everts, 2 enthusiastic birders and photographers. It was a rainy and cloudy day, this made it a bit difficult to take nice pictures, but we managed. Here are some photo's that were successful, both as a story and as a picture.
During our hike on the Beechcraft trail we saw and heard a lot. This White-shouldered Tanager (Tachyphonus luctuosus) for instance was spotted while it was eating berries. After 4 years I managed to see this seldom seen bird and also managed to photograph him, my first picture by the way.
The Great Jacamar (Jacamerops aureus) and the Amazonian White-tailed Trogon (Trogon viridis) were also present on the trail, but they didn't stay long for a photoshoot. The Reddish Hermit (Phaethornis ruber) and the Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao) were also spotted, but I didn't had the advantage of perfect light.
We tried our luck at the River Cabin trail and spotted 3 different woodpeckers:
- Golden-collared Woodpecker (Veniliornis cassini)
- Cream-coloured Woodpecker (Celeus flavus) and
- the Chestnut Woodpecker (Celeus elegans)
Near the main lodge we spotted a new member for my birdlist: the Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus), the solitarius species. Quite a fellow I must say as it was mean towards the Grey-breasted Martins or the Swallow-winged Puffbirds.
This was a challenge for us: try to spot the Painted Parakeet (Pyrrhura picta). It kept making noises but as they sat really still it was a bit difficult to find them, but somehow we all managed.
The Black Curassow (Crax Alector) and the Great Egret (Ardea alba) were also present, but at the same time ready to depart from the scenery.
The Buff-throated Saltator (Saltator maximus) and the Red-billed Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus) also wanted to be noticed. First they announced their presence (sounds) and later they showed up out in the open.
Other noisy birds that were also spotted during the day were a couple of Laughing Falcons (Herpetotheres cachinnans) and Little Chachalaca's (Ortalis Motmot)
Also interesting to note: we spotted 2 birdspecies that are considered rare and seldom seen.
The Ringed Woodpecker (Celeus torquatus) and 2 Collared Plovers (Charadrius collaris). The Collared Plovers were seen foraging on the airstrip in the afternoon.
Below is a list of the birds we spotted as a group. Red Howler Monkeys and the Red-rumped Agouti were also photographed, but they didn't make it on the bird list.
After almost 6 months of no rain and an almost dried out Kabalebo river, we had days of continuous rainfall. This resulted in seeing migrant birds on the airstrip or near the lodge.
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