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GUYANA

Saturday 15th September - Sunday 30th September 2012

Eustace Barnes

Harpy Eagle (Richard Latter)

Harpy Eagle (Richard Latter)

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.

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Richard Latter

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Richard Latter