It was a beautiful and sunny day, a perfect day to continue with their bucket list. For this day: trying to spot as many birds as possible.
Friday: March 20, 2015
This was the last birding trip, of their 3-day trip, for both Pieter and Cor. Since it was their last day at Kabalebo they had no special request. Only trying to spot as many animals as possible, but new ones were also welcome. After finishing our breakfast we decided to take a morning walk close to the lodge.
It was a great decision. We were greeted by the Chestnut-fronted Macaws and the Barred Antshrike. Since the sun wasn't up as early as us, I wasn't able to take a picture of both of them. But I managed to take a picture of the Blue-throated Piping guan.
We were struggling to take some pictures when we were on the airstrip. A Swallow-tailed Kite was soaring above our heads. For me it was too fast and for Cor it was too close as he had a tele lens. We were also doing some 'sound checks' with a White-bearded Manakin. And right at the start of the cabin trail we saw this bird: a Cocoa Thrush. Indeed it was standing too close.
This was not their lucky day. The Blue-crowned Motmot was present, but didn't like to pose in front of their camera. This was the best shot I could take.
Black Nunbirds were present for the day. This one stood right above a Turquoise Tanager.
The Yellow-throated Woodpecker was also present. It is actually also a resident of the River Cabin area.
Black spotted Skink and Golden tegu were also present.
After lunch we decided to take a boat trip down stream. Black tailed Tityra's were chasing away this Grey-headed Kite. It took a while, but they succeeded in the end.
This Blue-headed Parrot was eating the fruit of the Inga Tree. It blended very well with all the leaves, only its blue head 'revealed' its position.
A Yellow-footed Tortoise went into a different direction.
An Amazon Kingfisher was seen fully exposed under direct sunlight.
We spotted this Bat Falcon right above our heads.
A Pale-throated Three toed sloth was seen hanging around.
And another Green Kingfisher was seen during our boat trip. In total we spotted 99 bird species, mostly seen on the river.