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ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

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  1. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Consolidated copy for anyone interested
  2. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Sarah chose Horned Sungem, Lear’s Macaw, White-bibbed Antbird, Araripe Manakin and Bahia Piculet with Bare-throated Bellbird just missing out. In all we saw 374 birds and had 4 heard only – over 170 lifers (20 more than expected) and had only two real disappointments, in missing the Banded...
  3. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    We originally planned a couple of days in Intervales but we couldn’t make Sao Paolo flights work so in the end we had three nights relaxing in Fortaleza. Last few days Didn’t add any new birds and only trip bird was Magnificent Frigatebird. However we did like Fortaleza and for anyone...
  4. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 16: Our last day with Ciro – we head off early to get to the spot for the Cotingas, we find the White-winged Cotinga but they are further away, we have a couple of target birds s and Ciro hears one of them in the forest, a quick tramp through thick growth gets us underneath a Rufous-capped...
  5. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Ciro - said it is worst it has ever been and advised next group to bring wellingtons as even Hillux trucks were struggling to get past the worst areas.
  6. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 15 – today is Sarah’s birthday but a long lie is out of the question as we need to walk a couple of miles along the flooded track to the open area where the main targets will hopefully be found, so after a very early coffee and snack we get as far up the track as we can before it gets light...
  7. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 14. On the morning we left the reserve, we spent some as much time as we had searching for the Banded Cotinga, we try all the fruiting trees within walking distance but don’t get the bird, there are more chances near Port Seguro but this was probably our best chance. However, we do see...
  8. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 13 The main targets for today are all in the highland area of the reserve and it doesn’t take us long to get started after a pep talk from Victor at breakfast. We soon have Bahia Tyrannulet, Plumbeus Antvireo, Salvadori’s Antwren, Lemon-chested [Bahia] Greenlet (Hylophilus thoracicus...
  9. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 12 – we set off early to try another spot for the Tapaculo but again have no luck, the group before us and the one after us also missed out on this one, but like yesterday being in the right spot got us a great bird, today it was Black-cheeked Gnateater with a bonus Neotropical River...
  10. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Thanks Guys. Sarah did say that perhaps Ciro was training him up, also he was doing good leg work that might not always pay off but adds value to the guides. I should have factored that in.
  11. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 11: Transfer to ITACARÉ No birding first thing, instead we head down to Itacare. Our stop for lunch today was a really good restaurant (Café Com Cacau) with feeders it is just outside Itacare. The seafood selection here was excellent with a beautiful Cacau coffee to follow. Ciro does like...
  12. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    I don't doubt he put in the work but the birds he staked out in our case weren't there, we got most of them at other places, and when we had birds in the bush his directions were pretty rubbish, and we didn't use him in the afternoon. We usually just go with local guides so normally really...
  13. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 10 In the neighbouring municipality (Poções), there is a young birder (Mateus) who found some local rarities and has been taking out visiting groups to see them at areas he has staked out. Ciro was picking him up this morning. We had been told that some areas above Poções are not reached...
  14. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 9 There is a place nearby the hotel (around 20 minute drive), with a natural hummingbird garden full of ground cacti that blossom every day attracting many nice hummingbirds. Fortunately, this pristine and unique area is now owned and protected by a Brazilian couple of birders who are...
  15. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 8: Before breakfast we were off for a key target, on the outskirts of Mucuge. We tried two places and on the second we had success with the Diamantina Tapaculo showing pretty well. I got really frustrated as Ciro managed to film the bird while I didn’t even get a record shot, a combination...
  16. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 7: AM and PM Birding in Chapada Diamantina (Palmeiras) and then head to area near Mucugê, still in the Chapada Diamantina NP area but about 130Km away, it’s a big National Park!! I should have mentioned that Ciro uses a GPS system they built which takes all sightings from his Brazil Birding...
  17. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Ah! I recall now.
  18. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Will do, although he is now out doing the same tour having drove back to Fortaleza after we finished. Intrigued about the bad memory:confused:
  19. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Days 6: On our first day in the CHAPADA DIAMANTINA area, we concentrate our efforts in the locations closer to Lençóis. First at the Campo Rupestre trail about half an hour drive from the hotel. We are staying at Pousada Casa Da Geleia, this place has bird feeders (fruit) and the lady owner puts...
  20. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 5: We wake up at 3.30 for 4am start. The research centre is in the reserve which is situated in the northern portion of the state of Bahia, near the borders with Pernambuco, Sergipe, and Alagoas, but it is still a 40 minute drive to the red sand cliffs where the Macaws roost. There is some...
  21. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Our Portugese is very limited and we relied almost exclusively on Ciro when we were together, of course we still survived with our few stock phrases and google translate when we were on our own.
  22. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 4: After birding Potengi we headed to the foothills of the Chapada do Araripe plateau for one of the main target birds but before that we left at dawn to see the local race of Lesser [Bahia] Wagtail-Tyrant (Stigmatura napensis bahiae), Greater Wagtail-Tyrant and the most famous bird here the...
  23. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 3: Birding before breakfast and we went for better views of Ochre-backed Woodpecker, unfortunately still a little bit of a silhouette, we also saw Cactus Parakeet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Pygmy Nightjar, White-naped Jay, Crested Caracara and Spot-backed Puffbird before the long drive to...
  24. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    Day 2: AM Birding in Guaramiranga and then transfer to QUIXADÁ about a two hour drive. Early walk before breakfast and we had good views of the Gould’s Toucanet and I managed a better photo it and of the Ceara Leaftosser, we also added Golden Green and Green Backed Woodpecker, Bay-banded...
  25. dandsblair

    North East Brazil

    North East Brazil Trip Report - August 23 We booked with Brazil Birding Experts after great feedback from our friends Roland and Ann who went to Brazil twice with BBE (Ciro) and also good reviews on Birdforum. Booking was all done with Joanna once we had agreed a date when Ciro was free to...
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