Birdwatching is a huge sport. Not that kind of where you have to be physically active, but more mentally active. Your eyes and ears are constantly alert. In countries like Peru and Ecuador birdwatching is a popular sport or activity. In every resort or hostel they have a wonderful feeder display. Feeding the birds is the number one priority in those lodges. Just a couple of years ago I was introduced to this wonderful activity. Bit by bit I also started with the feeders project. It is a win-win situation for both the bird and us. But when it comes to birdwatching it is time for some action.
Thursday: January 22nd, 2015
Yesterday was a successful day. Every little move or noise that we noticed was being analyzed. Today is our second and last day. Let's see what comes across our path.
No surprise. Before we started to departure, this Black Vulture came by to say hello. As it is a common bird in Suriname, Black Vultures are often being neglected as being a fascinated or attractive bird. But for me they are such wonderful creatures: social, harmless and they take care of any waste.
This Spectacled Caiman was seen in the middle of the Kabalebo river, right in front of the pier. It was resting on a rock before its day also started.
When we were in our boat, this Cocoi Heron, came by to wish us good luck with the birding. Isn't that ironic?
And there it is … finally. Brown Jacamars are often seen sitting on the river edge. But because of their tiny size they are often mistaken for a hummingbird. I was able to capture this shot. Beautiful animal. Mr. Hielkema was also able to identify this bird by himself.
Hello again … I guess that the Toucans are communicating with each other. Even though they have no telephones or Wifi connection. This Red-billed Toucan was also a bit curious and followed the strange looking 'birds' for quite a while.
Here we were actually looking at the Lineated Woodpecker, but then we spotted in the same tree this Chestnut-fronted Macaw. Hello neighbors.
Very difficult to observe for quite a while: the Green - tailed Jacamar (male). Due to its pointy long beak and shimmering feathers, it is often mistaken for a hummingbird. An insect eating bird which I finally could take a shot at.
At some point the boat got stuck on a rock. While the men were trying their utmost best to get us out of the 'uncomfortable' situation, we were greeted by this fellow: Sunbittern.
The Ringed Kingfisher is the largest Kingfisher of Kabalebo and also the easiest to spot. They actually like to tease onlookers, by sitting still for quite some time …. and then when you decide to grab your camera … off it goes. What a clown!
I didn't expect to see her that fast: Cinnamon Attila. Mrs. Hielkema was the one to spot this bird firsthand …. and without a binocular too.
Look who we spotted again for the second time: Rufescent Tiger Heron. This one was on the hunt, so it noticed us a little later.
Action of the Day: Osprey either getting ready to dive or to fly away!
Couple of the Day: Bat falcons (male and female) seen sitting on top of a leafless tree.
Juvenile of the Day: Great Black Hawk. This juvenile was seen at the end of our day. It was calling and screaming all day long. Or it was welcoming us back to the lodge.
Other birds that we saw but didn't capture on camera:
Birds we heard that day:
Another great birding day!