Usually during a birding trip we try to spot as many birds as we can. But this time I also got a 'wish list' for what to look for and they gave me 3 days to complete the task. On day 1: in search of the Harpy Eagle.
Wednesday: March 18, 2015
For 3 days I was accompanied by Pieter and Cornelis. Their goal was to see as much as possible, but they also had a 'wish list' or as some call it a 'bucket list'. Both were very excited and also couldn't wait to start. Right after finishing breakfast we started our trip.
As it was early in the morning, it was still misty outside. But the sun came slowly into action. The boatsmen were also into the action and they spotted this beauty: a White Hawk.
The jungle came to life and we were surrounded by 'mysterious' noises and the birds started to appear too. Here we spotted an Orange-winged Amazon couple.
These White-banded Swallows were resting close to the Kabalebo river. Since we were drifting it was also easy to photograph them as a group. But they usually fly away just when the boat is passing by too close.
The Great Black Hawk was resting on a log, while the boat was passing by.
The Crimson-Crested Woodpecker was also present for the day.
We spotted this bird on several places: the Double-toothed Kite.
Three-in-a-row: Ladder-tailed Nightjars! Males and female on a branch.
One resident who never disappoints: the Cocoi Heron.
The Smooth-fronted Caiman didn't mind the attention at all.
The Green Ibis was one of the birds that they wanted to see. This one gave them a hard time as it kept flying away, but in the end they succeeded.
Here we spotted the Anhinga while it was drying its feathers.
We heard some noises in the dense vegetation, a group of Common Squirrel Monkeys were on the go. During their journey they grabbed something to eat from the Inga tree.
While the mother was eating, the young was still clinging on its mothers' back. It kept looking at us during the whole lunch break.
Brown Capuchin Monkeys were also spotted in the group. This was an interesting one: you can clearly see a cross 'marked' on its forehead.
The Kingfishers were also on the list for photography. It is not an easy task as they like to fly away at the wrong time. I was lucky enough to take a photo of this Ringed Kingfisher just in the nick of time.
Bird of the day: the Harpy Eagle. The whole morning we were looking for this impressive bird of prey and it was their lucky day. For both Pieter and Cornelis it was the first time in their life that they spotted the Harpy Eagle. This beauty just caught its lunch: a Great Green Iguana. It made their day!