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Sep 29, 2014 - The Day of the Tanagers

The Day of the Tanagers Today was back to the hard work of finding birds in the dense foliage of the Atlantic Rain Forest and our last full day of birding with Andy. The routes were labeled Portao Azulejo and the Theodoro Trail. One was a walk on a private farm and forest road, the other a walk on an abandoned railroad bed that was converted to a road which was also abandoned. This last trail is narrow and nearly completely overgrown, with patches of asphalt and the gentle grade being the only reminders of the history of this route. We...

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Sep 28, 2014 - A More Relaxed Pace

A More Relaxed Pace Today we explored the trails here a Serra Dos Tucanos Lodge with Andy, the owner and guide. As with all the forest birding on this trip, it was tough to see the birds we heard, especially tough to get all six of our tour group on a bird high above. We did have a real treat early on this walk, Blue Manakins Lekking. Two males would get on the same branch, and while calling, alternately jump up in the air. For a time they seemed to purposely jump over each other in kind of a continuos leap frog game. We spent about 4 hours...

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Sep 27, 2014 - The Day of Long-tailed Birds

The Day of Long-tailed Birds Today's adventure took us north and east then west to the much drier western slopes of the mountain range. We went as far north as a town called Sumiduoro. The vegetation was more sparse, so easier to see any birds that were found. We had wonderful looks at many birds today that were new for the trip. Some highlights were: Three-toed Jacamar, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Firewood Gatherer, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, and White-eared Puffbird. Besides the Streamer-tailed Tyrant, other long tailed birds were Squirrel...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Atlantic rainforest

Atlantic rainforest We are at a lodge about 2 hours north of Rio de Janeiro in the mountains in the Atlantic rainforest. Though it is a rainforest and it quite humid, there is a drought right now and quite a number of forest fires in the area. The air is quite hazy from the smoke. We've had cloudy days, but no rain here yet. We are enjoying the cooler temperatures and are actually wearing long-sleeved shirts and sometimes a lightweight fleece. The cool temperatures and humidity makes everything quite damp in our room. Laundry never fully...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Birding at a lower elevation

Birding at a lower elevation Today was dedicated to birding at 1400 meters elevation in very dense vegetation. Andy would call the birds in and all 6 of us would try to crowd in to one spot to try to see the bird which was usually deep in the vegetation and flitting around making it difficult to see it. When we finally did get looks at the bird, it was always a real treat! We made many stops along the way and were always overwhelmed by the density of the forest. We all enjoyed looks at a Black-breasted Plovercrest (a 3.5 inch hummingbird...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Yes, There are Steep Mountains in Brazil

Yes, There are Steep Mountains in Brazil Today, we hiked up a very steep cobblestone road in Pico de Caledonia State Park with Andy the owner of Serra Dos Tucanos Lodge. We stopped and listed/scanned for birds every 25 to 100 yards-not always because there was evidence of birds at the stop, but because the grade was over 20%! We did spot many birds that occur only in the Atlantic rainforest, including the Gray-winged Cotinga which is so limited in range that it is extremely rare. The view from this hike show how truly mountainous this area...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Finally Out of the Oppressive Heat

Finally Out of the Oppressive Heat Today two flights took us to Rio through Brazilia where we had our goodbyes with Wendy and Jeff. Wendy and Jeff opted not to do the Atlantic rainforest portion of the trip (which was an optional extension). From Rio de Janeiro, the other six of us were picked by Nelson, the Kamakazee van driver, and in 2 hours we were checking into Serra Dos Tucanos Lodge. We were all immediately enthralled by the colorful collection of birds coming to the lodge feeders... some stunning hummingbirds, tanagers, and...

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