This male Black-crested Antshrike (Sakephorus canadensis) was looking for his girl. They have been around for quite some time and countless times I have been following them just to get the perfect picture. Most of the time I failed. But he rewarded me this time by coming out in the open and sit still for a brief second. But well worth it.
Around 2012 I first encountered this antbird in Kabalebo. I was with a small group of birders and Otte Ottema checking the area of the Misty Mountain. I first heard this bird calling but couldn't see it and when Otte told me to stay still and look in front of me, I was at the same time surprised and mesmerized. On the ground I saw this small brown bird with the remarkable blue around its eyes and he was walking as if I was not even there. Since it was my first time meeting this antbird I completely forgot to take out my camera but it was also that I was afraid to make any sudden moves and chase it away.
Fast forward nowadays. The Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza ferruginea) is a common antbird in Kabalebo. Most of the time heard instead of seen. You really got to have a lot of patience to meet this bird. It took me at least 1 hour to take several pictures of this bird. Most of the time he was walking right behind leaves, branches or sticks that were standing in the way. Second, this bird doesn't know any hiking trail in the forest so I had to manage my way through a lot of obstacles before being successful.
I finally managed to 'shoot' the Black-crested Antshrike; both male and female.
This is the (Guianan) Warbling Antbird. One you can see on a daily basis, but to agile to stay still on one spot.