Another day of birding to check on the 'wish list' or 'bucket list'. On this day: in search of the Lowland tapir.
Thursday: March 19, 2015
Yesterday was an excellent day. Pieter and Cor were still in awe after meeting the Harpy Eagle. But it didn't stop there. They gave me another task: trying to spot a Lowland tapir. It was an odd request as they were into birding. But who knows what we can spot. Just like yesterday, we left after having our breakfast.
After being greeted by a group of Black Caracara's we went up stream. Minutes after departing we spotted some Black Aracari's, but only one was brave enough to pose in front of our camera's.
Along the journey we met other familiar faces: Cocoi Heron, Red-billed Toucans, Orange-winged Amazons, Ringed Kingfishers and White-banded Swallows. But since they are already familiar birds for both Pieter and Cor, we continued our journey into the Sandcreek. We were once again treated by a lovely performance done by a group of Common Squirrel Monkeys and Brown Capuchins. They were playing hide-and-seek with us, but we all enjoyed it.
Great face expression done by this Brown Capuchin Monkey.
Here we spotted a juvenile Great Black Hawk performing its blinking third eyelid for us.
It was a day of meeting the Blue-and-Yellow Macaws. Almost everywhere we spotted these birds, sometimes in pairs and sometimes in groups. They weren't even shy, but rather curious.
On our way back we saw this Spotted Sandpiper, almost invisible for the untrained eye. Pieter called this one the 'Shakira bird' as it was constantly whipping with its tail.
This was a beautiful catch of the day: both male and female Amazon Kingfishers sitting on the same branch. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Their wish was granted on that day: Lowland tapir spotted. It was actually relaxing in the water and took a dip in the cool water. At first it looked like a strange-shaped rock, but a closer look revealed a wonderful animal. In the end it went on land to continue with its relaxing mood. What a beauty!!
Our afternoon session was cancelled due to heavy rainfall.