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Saturday 15th September - Sunday 30th September 2012
It is hard to know where to start describing the trip which far exceeded our expectations in so many repsects. A modest total of 417 bird and 20 mammal species was recorded but we did find nearly all of our targets and a great many other rarities besides. These included numerous beautiful Agami Herons, a dozen Rufous Crab Hawks, a magnificent male Harpy Eagle, several groups of Grey-winged Trumpeters, the stunning Sun Parakeet, Blue-cheeked Amazon, two White-winged Potoos, White-bellied Piculet, the lovely Blood-coloured Woodpecker, the pretty Hoary-throated Spinetail, great views of Black-throated Antshrike, Rio Branco Antbird, Bearded Tachuri, White-naped Xenopsaris, the localised Black Manakin, Guianan Red Cotinga, Dusky Purpletuft, Purple-breasted and Pompadour Cotingas, a Capuchinbird lek, two Guianan Cock of the Rock leks, a stunning Crimson Fruitcrow, the very rare Blue-backed Tanager, the even more rarely seen Red and Black Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Chat and last but by no means least the endangered Red Siskin. This may seem like a list of what was available but it was what we actually saw! Oh and let’s not forget the family of Giant River Otters.