Just a few more lines about the last few days, some great forest birding and two outstanding boat trips. Lots of endemics and hard to see birds and colours from right across the spectrum.
A selection of some of the best include Scarlet Macaw, Nacunda Nighthawk, Ladder Tailed Nighthawk, Oriole Blackbird, Hoatzin, Large Billed Woodcreeper, Black Tailed Trogon, Crane Hawk, Red Throated Carcara, Black Crested Antshrike plus loads of Parrots and stunnig Woodpeckers.
Today however was absolutely unbelievable, we walked onto a trail and first two birds seen were a Blue Crownd Motmot and a Lined Forest Falcon an extremely difficult family of birds to see. Another very difficult one followed in Tawny Throated Leaftosser and on a normal day a contender for bird of the day a Paradise Tanager. Marial Guan was next up followed by a 4 month old Harpy Eagle Juvenile which I swear was bigger than some members of this blog.
Later on we went to this small holding which had a very small fruiting tree which produced possibly my best bird sighting ever an incredibly beautiful male Pompadour Cotinga. Soon after it was joined by a male Purple Breasted Cotingha whereby Mike offered those immortal words " look at the f-- king colours on that" whilst standing next to the only woman on the trip. These were then joined by another stunner and lifer in Green Arcari but this was overwhelmed by the two Cotinghas looks.