Thursday, 21 March 2019

NE Brazil Day 15: Porto Seguro

A bonus couple of hours was fitted in as all of our flights were later in the day saw us visiting some nearby mangroves where the first bird of the day was the delightful endemic Little Wood-Rail walking slowly below us. Wow! 



Little Wood Rail - endemic


If that wasn’t enough, a pair of Mangrove Rails suddenly appeared and chased the wood-rail away. 




Mangrove Rail - split from Clapper Rail

But no worries as we saw both species several times on our short walk, as we searched and found both Bicolored Conebill and Plain-bellied Emerald

Bicolored Conebill

After a successful little visit, including sightings of Short-crested Flycatcher and Straight-billed Woodcreeper, we headed back to the hotel, stopping along the way to see a trio of Bat Falcons, a bird that had eluded us until now. 

Short-crested Flycatcher

Straight-billed Woodcreeper

New trip birds either side of breakfast were Tropical MockingbirdSemipalmated PloverSanderling, and Orange-winged Amazon bringing our trip list up to 409 species seen, including 89 Brazilian endemics. We also had only our second sighting of East Brazilian Chachalaca and a Geoffrey’s Black-tufted Marmoset as well. Apparently the monkey is of interest to some people...!

Monkey!

This had been a most amazing tour with the incomparable Ciro Albano at the helm and without his expert local knowledge none of this would have been possible.


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