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Sunday 2nd October - Saturday 22nd October 2016
With some amazing news, the 2016 Pantanal and Interior was just a superb trip to Brazil before taking a year break in 2017. Two Birdquest life birds (Bald Parrot and Rock Tapaculo) and several write-ins to the list were part of the outstanding result which combined perfectly species quality and quantity. The news came in the main tour and mostly in the extension to the Amazon, respectively with a visit to an Atlantic Forest remnant at Cipó and the new stay at the fascinating Rio Azul Lodge, north of Alta Floresta. But as the tour name says, we still got the best from the Pantanal and the Cerrado (Brazilian savannah) from central Brazil. A total of 616 species of birds were recorded this time, plus 29 mammals. Simply memorable our time spent in Minas Gerais state visiting two fantastic mountain ranges, the Serra da Canastra and Serra do Cipó with their vast grasslands and rocky fields; and later in the huge Mato Grosso state where we visited the mighty Pantanal with its spectacular fauna, the scenic Chapada dos Guimarães and its fine Cerrado and gallery forests, and finally the very rich Amazon forest around Alta Floresta in northern Mato Grosso where we visited the lovely Rio Azul Lodge (this one actually in the extreme south of Pará state) and the famous Cristalino Lodge. In total twenty one days to achieve some of the most wanted birds in Brazil and in South America, delighting fascinating landscapes, great food and meeting the friendly local people. In terms of birds, best remembrances surely go to: the close observations from the pair of the very rare Brazilian Merganser; Red-winged Tinamou, Spotted Nothura, Bare-faced and Razor-billed Curassows, Agami and Zigzag Herons, Least Bittern, White-browed Hawk, Crested Eagle, Mississippi Kite, Red-legged Seriema, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Grey-breasted Crake, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Great Horned and Mottled Owls, Great Potoo, Band-winged Nightjar, Biscutate Swift, Cinnamon-throated and Tapajos Hermits, the cracking Hyacinth Visorbearer and Horned Sungem, Rufous-throated Sapphire, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, Pavonine Quetzal, Green-and-rufous and American Pygmy Kingfishers, Blue-necked, Bronzy and Brown Jacamars, Caatinga, White-eared, Brown-banded and Spotted Puffbirds, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Black-girdled Barbet, Curl-crested, Lettered, Black-necked and Red-necked Aracaris, Gould’s Toucanet, Checkered, White, White-fronted, Golden-green, Pale-crested and Red-necked Woodpeckers, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, Bald Parrot, Hyacinth and Blue-winged Macaws, Golden-capped, Blue-crowned, Nanday and Santarem Parakeets, Kawall’s Amazon, Red-fan Parrot, Campo Miner, Chotoy and Cinereous-breasted Spinetails, the localized Cipo Canastero, Henna-capped, Bamboo and White-eyed Foliage-Gleaners, Great Rufous and Uniform Woodcreepers, Red-billed and Curve-billed (Tapajos) Scythebills, Glossy, Silvery-cheeked and Rufous-winged Antshrikes, Black-bellied, Rusty-backed, Large-billed, Black-capped, Sclater’s, Amazonian Streaked, White-eyed and Ornate Antwrens, Mato Grosso, Silvered, Southern Chestnut-tailed, Black-throated, Striated, Yellow-browed, Rufous-faced, Xingu Scale-backed and Bare-eyed Antbirds, Alta Floresta Antpitta, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Rock and Brasilia Tapaculos, Collared Crescentchest, Grey-backed Tachuri, Sharp-tailed Grass and Cock-tailed Tyrants, Subtropical Doradito, Stripe-necked and White-bellied Tody-Tyrants, White-eyed Attila, Chapada Flycatcher, Helmeted, Pin-tailed, Band-tailed, Fiery-capped, Flame-crested, Snow-capped and Black Manakins, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Spangled and Pompadour Cotingas, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Amazonian Royal Flycatcher, Curl-crested Jay, Green-backed Becard, Ochre-breasted Pipit, White-striped and White-rimmed Warblers, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Coal-crested, Blue and Serra Finches, Cinereous Warbling Finch, Slate-colored Seedeater, Cinnamon, White-rumped, Shrike-like, Blue-necked, Masked, Gilt-edged and Green-and-gold Tanagers, Red-billed Pied-Tanager and Rose-breasted Chat. Some incredible mammals too: Giant Anteater, Spix’s Red-handed Howler, White-cheeked/whiskered Spider Monkey, Ocelot, Jaguarundi, Jaguar, Maned Wolf, Giant Otter, Lowland Tapir, Marsh Deer and Pampas Deer.