Brazil - Cristalino, Pantanal and Iguazu - September - October 2013

Published by Steve Bird (steve AT zootherabirding.com)

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Trip highlights

Either for rarity value, excellent views or simply a group favourite. Click here for the full trip list.

• Harpy Eagle
• Zigzag Heron
• Cryptic Forest Falcon
• White-browed Hawk
• Manu Antbird
• Crimson-bellied Parakeet
• Crested Owl
• Rufous-faced Antbird
• Spangled Cotinga
• White-browed Purpletuft
• Curl-crested Aracari
• Black-girdled Barbet
• Rufous-capped Nunlet
• Point-tailed Palmcreeper
• Helmeted Manakin
• Short-tailed Antthrush
• Bertoni’s Antbird
• Orange-cheeked Parrot
• Agami Heron
• Hyacinth Macaw
• Subtropical Doradito
• Blue-crowned Parakeet
• Flame-crowned Manakin
• Pale-crested Woodpecker
• Collared Crescentchest
• Ochre-collared Piculet
• Kawall’s Parrot
• Green-and Rufous Kingfisher
• Razor-billed Curassow
• S. Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl
• Blue-cheeked Jacamar
• White-naped Xenopsaris
• Fiery-capped Manakin
• Great Rufous Woodcreeper
• Red-billed Scythebill
• Pale-crested Woodpecker
• White-banded Mockingbird
• Rondoria Warbling Antbird
• Green-billed Toucan
• Black-fronted Piping Guan
• Blonde-crested Woodpecker
• Nanday Parakeet
• Brown Cappuchin
• Seven-banded Armadillo
• White-whiskered Spider Monkey
• Brazilian Dwarf Brocket Deer
• White-nosed Bearded Saki Monkey
• Dusky Titi Monkey
• Black Spider Monkey
• Giant River Otter
• Black-and-gold Howler
• South American Coati
• Tayra
• Brazilian Tapir
• Jaguar
• Black Cappuchin
• Black-tailed Marmoset
• Azara’s Agouti
• Crab-eating Fox
• Paca

Summary:

This year’s Brazil Pantanal added both a pre and post tour extension which proved very popular and indeed proved very successful. We started off in Cristalino Jungle Lodge, a fantastic base from which to explore the Amazon Jungle and its wealth of superb birds.

Boat trips and well maintained trails as well as two towers that gave unprecedented views of the jungle canopy allowed us to rack up an astonishing 280 species in our short stay.

Moving on to our traditional Pantanal tour we were thrilled to connect with all of our target species with the most obvious being Hyacinth Macaw, a superb adult Harpy Eagle and two very impressive Jaguars. Our total for this section of the tour was a superb 322 species.

Finally we spent our last few days at the world famous Iguazu Falls. A little more relaxed than the rest of the tour we enjoyed viewing these very impressive waterfalls. The birds in and around the park were equally good and we got to see many Atlantic rainforest specialities, adding up to 261 species.

Our local guides for these areas were simply superb and concentrated their efforts in finding many of the harder to see and more difficult species.

Cristalino Jungle Lodge - 27th Sept – 2nd Oct 2013

Our group all arrived in Cuiaba where we overnighted ready for the start of our tour the next day. After a leisurely breakfast we caught our domestic flight to Alta Floresta where we arrived around midday. It was a short distance to our lodge and after settling in we went for some birding in the forest behind the lodge. We soon found Scarlet Macaws, Blue-and-Yellow Macaws, Madeira Parakeets, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Plumbeous Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker and unexpetedly on a small pond there was a Sungrebe. The birding was actually great and we saw a good number of birds.

As we entered another section of forest the wind suddenly picked up and the rain started. We decided to make a retreat and just got out of the forest when the most ferocious storm imaginable hit. We sheltered behind a small hut as the winds and rain became horizontal and blew down large trees within the forest. After maybe close to an hour it subsided and we returned to the lodge to dry out. Wow! That was an experience.

The next morning a walk back into in the forest soon found us several targets including Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Chestnut-tailed Antbird, Spot-winged and Plain-winged Antshrikes, a couple of Black-girdled Barbets, Elegant Woodcreeper and our finale was superb views of 5 or 6 perched Crimson-bellied Parakeets a bird that seems to be difficult to connect with.

Leaving Alta Floresta we headed toward Cristalino. Along the way a brief stop secured superb views of two or three Point-tailed Palmcreepers, plus Ochre-lored Flatbill, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Turquoise and Blue-necked Tanagers.

On arrival at the Telespires River we were greeted by our boat man and some noisy Red-throated Caracaras. A gentle boat trip took us to a narrower side river, the Cristalino River and soon we were arriving at the famous Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Just before we went to our wonderful rooms we were treated to fantastic views of a Crested Owl on its daytime roost.

The hot humid forest here holds an amazing variety of birds and with patience, hard work and of course luck we connected with many superb species such as Saturnine Antshrike, Rufous-faced Antbird, Long-tailed Woodcreeper, Rufous-rumped Foliage-Gleaner, dancing Red-headed Manakins, Grey Antwren, and from Tower 1, which is 50 metres high and overlooking endless jungle canopy we had White-bellied Parrots, Brown Capuchin and White-whiskered Spider Monkeys.

A morning visit to Tower 2 gave us really close fantastic views of a number of species including Spangled Cotinga, Curl-crested Aracari, Red-necked Aracari, Black-girdled Barbet and White-browed Purpletuft. We had fly-by Kawall’s Parrot, and in the forest we again connected with numerous antbirds including, Pygmy Antwren, Long-winged Antwren, Rufous-winged Antwren, Striated Antbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Screaming Piha, White-shouldered Shrike-Tanager, Snow-capped Manakin, Blue-backed Manakin and Bare-faced Curassow.

Our first boat trip found us Glossy Antshrike and Amazonian Streaked Antwren while a short walk into the forest here got us superb looks at Flame-crowned Manakin. As we slowly cruised the Cristalino River we found Razor-billed Curassows, two Green-and-Rufous Kingfishers and a Bronzy Jacamar. Along the river edge both Silvered Antbird and Band-tailed Antbirds showed well, and several Bat Falcons gave stunning views perched in the evening light. Flying low over the water were White-banded Swallows and above us flew pairs of Chestnut-fronted Macaws, while Chestnut-backed Antshrike and several Olive Oropendolas were also seen. As we slowly returned and as the light faded we got close too, but could not see two Zigzag Herons that were calling close to the bank. A Common Potoo flew over and our spotlighting produced lots of Spectacled Caiman, Boat-billed Herons, Greater and Lesser Fishing Bats and a Paca.

The next morning around the lodge produced fantastic views of a day roosting Southern Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, and from the restaurant a Short-tailed Nighthawk, and a Dusky Titi Monkey were seen. On another forest trail that took us to a ridge where the habitat was drier we worked hard with just reward seeing Spotted Puffbird, two Striolated Puffbirds, a rare and confiding Pearly-breasted Cuckoo, only the second ever record for Cristalino. We also found Pied Puffbird and a superb pair of Rufous-capped Nunlets. Not a bad puffbird day I would say! Other birds on the trails here included Blackish and Grey Antbirds, Black-throated Antbird, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, a pair of Natterer’s Slaty-Antshrikes, and a pair of Blackish Nightjars on the ground right in front of us. Further on we had difficult views of Rufous-throated Spinetail, then Dusky-tailed Flatbill.

Another evening cruise along the river had us take a short walk into the forest where we connected with Great Jacamar, Paradise Jacamar, Spix’s Woodcreeper, and as the light faded we got close but failed to see a singing Musician Wren. As we returned at dusk along the river we tried again for the elusive and mythical Zigzag Heron. We heard two birds and tried for the one on the opposite bank. We drifted quietly up to the area it was calling and unbelievably there it was in full view on a bare branch, where it stayed on show for about twenty minutes. Fantastic!

Yet another day and another trail, this time the Bamboo trail. Our morning proved once again just how good Cristalino is, with sightings of Amazonian Schiffornis, Spix’s Warbling-Antbird, a fabulous Blue-cheeked Jacamar, Rose-
breasted Chat, superb views of a perched White-browed Hawk, White-browed Antbird, White-whiskered Spider Monkeys and White-faced Saki Monkeys, White-fronted Nunbirds, the very localised Manu Antbird, and then a crazy mixed flock that led Ian to spot the culprit which was a superb Cryptic Forest-Falcon. This elusive species which was only recently described in 2003 gave us unprecedented views just a few feet away.

An afternoon river trip found us a pair of Sunbitterns, Capped Heron and then one of our targets was soon found with great views of Black-banded Swallows followed by more difficult views of Amazonian Tyrannulet. A Band-tailed Nightjar was flushed, while on a small island and we saw Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Amazonian Antshrikes and we heard an Amazonian Umbrellabird but it flew off before we could see it.

Our last morning saw us revisit Tower 1 where it started off misty. A King Vulture was perched, a Curl-crested Aracari appeared, as did two Dusky-chested Flycatchers, several Spangled Cotingas, great views of an Orange-cheeked Parrot, a pair of fly past Kawall’s Parrots, both Ringed and Red-necked Woodpeckers, White-necked Puffbird, then some Paradise Tanagers, a Black-bellied Cuckoo, close views of Tooth-billed Wren and fabulous close views of a couple of Red-billed Pied Tanagers. As we returned out of the forest a pair of Red-stained Woodpeckers was added to our impressive list.

We then packed our bags and made our way to the boat where we departed the fabulous Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Once across the river we headed back to Alta Floresta and caught our flight to Cuiaba for the start of our Pantanal tour.

Pantanal - 2nd Oct – 10th Oct 2013

It was already afternoon when we arrived and met the rest of our group. Soon we were off towards the great Transpantaneria. Along the way Gina spotted a Red-legged Seriema, and later on we found two Greater Rheas. Just as it was getting dark we stopped near some ponds where a variety of herons and ibis were seen along with Black-collared Hawk, Savanna Hawk, Snail Kite, and finally a few Spot-winged Nightjars. Continuing on we arrived at hotel Pantanal Mato Grosso in the dark.

We were up early for our first boat ride in the Pantanal and dawn saw us set off on two boats onto the Pixaim River. It wasn’t long before we were watching Blue-throated Piping Guans, Chaco Chachalacas and Bare-faced Curassows. A Rusty-backed Spinetail showed well and then we found a superb Agami Heron, with a Sunbittern just behind it. Further along the first of two Sungrebes showed well, and we added birds such as Solitary Cacique, Fork-tailed Flycatchers, numerous Grey-necked Woodrails, Green Ibis, Bare-faced Ibis, and Rufescent Tiger-Herons. As we returned we found the Agami Heron again and had incredible prolonged views while nearby a Green-and-rufous Kingfisher posed for us.

We returned for breakfast and at the bird feeders were Yellow-billed and Red-crested Cardinals, Bay-winged Cowbirds and nearby a Rufous Cachalote.

After breakfast a short walk into the forest produced Saffron-billed Sparrow, and a superb Black-tailed Marmoset that just sat watching us. Next up was a pair of Mato Grosso Antbirds, then an obliging Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Great Antshrike, Little Woodpecker, Pale-crested Woodpecker, White-lored Spinetail, Large-billed Antwren, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Rusty-fronted Tody Flycatcher, a pair of Blue-crowned Trogons, Red-billed Scythebill, fantastic looks at Helmeted Manakin, Moustached Wren, Forest Elaenia, and then on our return a Campo Flicker.

After lunch we were about to set off when two Giant River Otters swam past! Continuing on we stopped for a couple of Marsh Deer, and then some stunning male Scarlet-headed Blackbirds.

Arriving at our next lodge we were greeted by four Hyacinth Macaws which were feeding low in some palm trees. Fantastic close views were easily had of these superb birds. Also in the grounds were Chestnut-eared Aracaris and Yellow-headed Caracara. We then went out just a short distance for the afternoon, and along a quiet track we found Blue-fronted and Scaly-headed Parrots, a Great Rufous Woodcreeper, two Little Woodpeckers, on the road were Chestnut-bellied Guans which showed well, and then a couple of Rufous Casiornis gave us great looks. A pair of Golden-collared Macaws flew in and allowed superb close views followed by Fawn-breasted Wrens, Streaked Xenops, then a White-bellied Seedeater and varying views of a secretive Undulated Tinamou.

At dusk we had super views of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, a Tropical Screech-Owl and finally Mottled Owl. Not a bad first full day in the Pantanal.

The next day we set off toward Porte Jofre for our boat trip on the Cuiaba River. Once aboard we set off and soon found lots of Black Skimmers, Yellow-billed Terns and Large-billed Tern, plus Collared Plover and Pied Lapwings. Then we navigated a narrow part of the river through hyacinths until on a corner we watched a superb large Jaguar walking around , finally coming down to the river and swimming across. We enjoyed watching this magnificent animal for a long time, after which we went to another river and saw a smaller male Jaguar laid asleep on the bank. We then returned for lunch.

Behind the restaurant were a couple of pools and here we found Pectoral Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper and Pied Lapwing. Nearby in the Palm trees were up to nine Hyacinth Macaws with smaller Monk Parakeets keeping them company.

Our afternoon boat trip took us to see the sleeping Jaguar again, who was still asleep! It did wake up occasionally and look around at which point we all got good photos. After this we checked a different river where we had great looks at Southern Screamers, Whistling Heron, Great Black Hawks, and some fabulous Giant River Otters. As we returned at dusk we noted many Band-tailed Nighthawks hawking over the water, along with Greater and Lesser Fishing Bats.

The next morning we drove toward Porte Jofre and made a few strategic stops where we found a Great Horned Owl and its chick, Chotoy Spinetail, a pair of Greater Thornbirds, Ruddy-collared Seedeater, Black-backed Water-Tyrant, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Maguari Storks including a couple of all dark youngsters on a nest, Masked Gnatcatchers, and a Large Elaenia. Further along the road we had Variable Oriole (a recent split from Epaulet Oriole), great view of Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant and then our main target bird which is interesting as it is currently being worked on and may be a future split, we had good views of a Subtropical Doradito.

We then headed back along the Transpantaneria, making yet another perfectly timed stop where we quickly found all our targets which included Rufous-fronted Thornbirds, Rusty-backed Antwrens, a stunning Green-backed Becard, and then an amazingly confiding White-naped Xenopsaris.

We then drove to Rio Claro where we spotted a couple of Seven-banded Armadillos on our approach to the lodge. At the lodge we immediately found a group of showy Nanday Parakeets which allowed great close up views. Nearby the lodge we spotted White-rumped Monjitas, Campo Flickers, and a Brown Brocket Deer. A walk found us two Red-billed Scythebills, an Orange-winged Parrot, a pair of Aplomado Falcons, some Red-pileated Finches, Golden-green Woodpecker, Guira Cuckoos, Orange-backed Troupial, a nice Plain Inezia(Tyrannulet), and a male Green-backed Becard, Sunbittern, Nanday Parakeets in beautiful sunlight, and finally a Crane Hawk.

Next morning we took a short boat ride on the Rio Claro. It was calm and still and a joy to be out. We spotted a White-wedged Piculet, Hooded Tanager, then superb prolonged views of Pale-crested Woodpecker, Red-billed Scythebill and two Great Rufous Woodcreepers, as well as a couple of Giant River Otters that came right over to our boats to investigate us.

Back at the ranch we were ready to leave when two Blue-crowned Parakeets flew in and gave super close views as they drank from a puddle with a group of Nandays. We then headed out along the Transpantaneria where we spotted a South American Coati and a Tayra. One last stop allowed us views of the many water birds and hundreds of Pantanal Caiman resting on the edges of the water.

Continuing on we had lunch and later arrive at our next lodge in Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park. This fabulous lodge soon had us welcomed in and we were watching White-vented Violet-ear and Glittering-bellied Emerald on the flowers around the swimming pool. A Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch showed well, and in the forest we added Burnished-buff Tanager, Blue Dacnis, several very active White-bellied Warblers, Blue-crowned Trogon, Planalto Slaty-Antshrike and some Planalto Tyrannulets. Further on where it was more open we had Scaled Pigeon, Swallow Tanager, great views of Sooty-fronted Spinetail, Thick-billed Euphonia, a Green-winged Saltator, then a female Helmeted Manakin followed by a Pheasant Cuckoo that gave about eight flight views but never perched in view. As we worked on the cuckoo we also had Pauraque and a Rufous Nightjar the latter nearly land on our heads.

Next day we set off into the Cerrado which was dry low, uninteresting looking scrub. This habitat this seriously at risk with locals developing it and building houses. We started off with Peach-fronted Parakeets, a superb showy Rufous-winged Antshrike, several White-rumped Tanagers, and some White-eared Puffbirds, next up was Shrike-like Tanager, and then one of the main targets the Chapada Flycatcher with a pair doing a dueting display. Other flycatchers nearby included Lesser Elaenia, Plain-crested Elaenia and Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, and then Black-faced Tanager, hundreds of Fork-tailed Flycatchers, several Black-faced Saltators, a Green-barred Woodpecker, some perched White-eyed Parakeets, and one of our most wanted birds, we had fantastic close views of a pair of Collared Crescentchests. Further on a group of Curl-crested Jays showed well as did a Suiriri Flycatcher. A White-tailed Hawk circled around, while we tried to get good views of both Pale-breasted Spinetail and Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant. Finally we found a lone Coal-crested Finch and as we drove away we stopped as a group of Mississippi Kites flew over. A stop was then made for three excellent White Woodpeckers which put on a great display. In another area we saw a couple of really nice Band-tailed Manakins and then went for lunch.

In the afternoon we visited a small patch of forest where we soon connected with a Southern Antpipit, and then in a mixed flock we had two White-backed Fire-Eyes, Large-billed Antwren, Plain Antvireos, Blue Dacnis and White-lined Tanager. Further on were Pectoral Sparrow and a Lettered Aracari which showed well. We then drove to an overlook where we had great views of Biscutate Swifts, and several Crested Black-Tyrants. Two Red-and-Green Macaws were perched close and then flew
off and a Black-chested Buzzard Eagle put in a brief appearance.

Our last morning the Chapada had us check another dusty road where we found a pair of Guira Tanagers, a superb Spot-backed Puffbird, Planalto Hermit and then in another area we had fabulous views of a male Fiery-capped Manakin.

After lunch we drove to Serra das Araras where we went for a late afternoon check of the nearby forest. On a pond were Brazilian Teal and some Least Grebes. Then we got great looks at Dusky-headed Parakeets and Yellow-tufted Woodpeckers, a Greater Yellow-headed Vulture flew past and then we had some nice Magpie Tanagers. Nearby a Black-tailed Trogon was perched and a Cinnamon-throated Hermit put in a brief appearance. Orange-winged Parrots flew over and finally a Great Potoo was spotlighted.

Next morning an early pre-breakfast visit to the nearby forest produced a couple of stunning Red-necked Woodpeckers, Sick’s Swifts, then good looks at White-eyed Attila, Red-shouldered Macaws, a Blue Ground-Dove, and a Cinnamon-throated Hermit that showed well as it fed on some nearby flowers. In the same area and unbelievably we had four Brown Jacamars all together on one tree.

We returned for breakfast and then went out again into the forest. It was extremely hot! A King Vulture cruised overhead and then in the forest we got super views of Rondonia Warbling-Antbird. Then as we waited for some Toco Toucans to appear a huge shape passed overhead and landed in a bare tree. Sure enough it was one of our main target birds an adult Harpy Eagle. We enjoyed many views from different angles of this magnificent bird and even glimpsed an immature bird fly over. Very pleased with this we returned to the lodge.

After a relaxing midday we went out again in the afternoon and got great views of Striolated Puffbird, a pair Black-throated Antbirds, Toco Toucans, Rusty-fronted Tody Flycatcher, Lettered Aracari, a pair of Red-stained Woodpeckers and a Pied Puffbird. As we returned at dusk there was a Pauraque, Short-tailed Nighthawk and a fly-by of a Southern Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl.

Our last morning saw just an hour of birding before breakfast where we enjoyed Cream-coloured Woodpecker, White-eyed Attila, Swallow-wing and many other birds we had now got used to. We the left and drove to Cuiaba for our flight to Sao Paulo and then on to Iguazu Falls, where we eventually arrived on the Argentina side in the very early hours of the morning.

Iguazu Falls - 11th Oct – 14th Oct 2013

So we had a bit of a rest in the morning before breakfast and then we drove the short distance to Iguazu National Park. A slow walk soon produced beautiful looking Plush-crested Jays, and a few Blue-winged Parrotlets, while some Great Dusky Swifts flew around as did a Short-tailed Hawk. We got great close views of a Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant, Pale-breasted Thrush, Magpie Tanager and a pair of Lesser (Chestnut-bellied) Seed-Finches. On one of the forest trails we found Surucua Trogons, Rufous-capped Motmot, Spot-billed Toucanet, a pair of White-shouldered Fire-Eyes, Southern Antpipit, Sepia-capped Flycatcher and great views of a male White-bearded Manakin. A fruiting tree produced a wealth of bird activity and included Eastern Slaty Thrush, White-necked Thrush, Creamy-bellied Thrush and Rufous-winged Antwren. Other birds in this forest were Black-capped Foliage-gleaner, Ochre-breasted Foliage-Gleaner, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Plain Antvireo, Green-headed Tanagers, Blue-naped Chlorophonias collecting nesting material, and a Saffron-billed Sparrow.

The next day we spent a full day in the park which allowed us to visit and see many of the parks incredible waterfalls and to say they were impressive is almost an understatement! Amongst our highlights during our day of waterfall watching were Masked Yellowthroat, superb views of two Ochre-collared Piculets, Eastern Slaty Thrush, a pair of Red-breasted Toucans and a fabulous Black-fronted Piping Guan. After lunch we were watching a group of Black Capuchin Monkeys and accompanying them was a Plain-winged Woodcreeper, and near to the Devil’s Throat Falls we saw a couple of Chestnut-headed Tanagers.

Our last full day was spent Urugurai National Park where we walked slowly on the forest trails and started off with views of Euler’s Flycatcher, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Ochre-collared Piculet and Eastern Slaty Thrushes calling. We then got superb views of the first of many White-rimmed Warblers followed by Greenish Elaenia. Then we heard a Short-tailed Antthrush and after a short while we were treated to fabulous looks at the bird perched a few feet off the ground on an open branch. Next was a showy White-throated Spadebill and several Southern Bristle-Tyrants, Buff-browed Foliage-Gleaner and Ruby-crowned Tanagers. A Southern Antpipit ran rings around us, then a Green Schiffornis was seen briefly, soon followed by good looks at both Bertoni’s Antbird and Dusky-tailed Antbirds, plus a pair of Rufous-capped Spinetails. Moving along we found a confiding Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher, then a male Spot-backed Antshrike, and nice looks at Drab-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant. A Tawny-crowned Greenlet was found, followed by some Yellow Tyrannulets and down beside the small river we got great views of a Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper. A male Bluish-black Seedeater showed well, we had Variable Antshrike and several Black-fronted Piping-Guans.

After our four pie picnic lunch, we checked a different area of forest and soon found Crested and White-winged Becards, we then came across a really good bird a Creamy-bellied Gnatcatcher high in a tangle in the canopy. Low down was a pair of Rufous Gnateaters. We then had a fantastic moment when a Brazilian Tapir was spotted swimming down the river, albeit a bit brief! As we made our way out of this forest we found Lesser Woodcreeper, Rusty-margined Guan and a couple of heards that just would not show such as Planalto Tapaculo and Black-billed Scythebill.

Our day of departure saw us have a relaxed morning breakfast and then we set off for a view of a river where we could see Argentina (where we stood), Brazil and Paraguay. From here we visited a small private garden that had a few hummingbird feeders. As we relaxed and watched, we saw Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Black Jacobin, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Gilded Sapphire, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Black-throated Mango and Versicoloured Emerald. Shortly after we drove to the airport for our afternoon departing flight.

The combination of these three trips made for one of the best Brazil tours we have ever produced, with countless good birds, mammals and spectacular scenery. An incredible 580 species were recorded. The food was fantastic throughout and most of the lodges were ideal.

Our thanks go out to our local guides Eduardo and Patricio who were absolutely brilliant!

Thanks to everyone who participated and made this such an enjoyable fun filled tour.
Steve & Gina

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