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I didn’t always join the group for every little excursion on foot, especially when it meant getting up even earlier than usual.  Here’s what I missed on one occasion, video again courtesy of Dave Allen. Charming coatis.

Overnight it had rained, and the atmosphere was very damp indeed on Saturday, 26th, though a little, a little, cooler.  This is what the rain had done to the tree outside my room.P1160533001After breakfast, I did go for a little wander in the grounds on my own, and climbed the observation tower, to see a Jabiru stork nest from another angle.P1160534001 P1160535001 P1160536001I actually switched my camera to video, and took this experimentally myself, and was intrigued to see a teenager learning how to arrange the nest.

The cawing you can just hear in the background is Chaco chachalacas. I was pleased to see (and recognise!) a monk parakeet up there as well.

Monk parakeet

We set off on another boat ride, in the other direction.  The river soon narrowed down, from this,P1160555001

to this

There was frequent reversing and roaring of motor to free the propeller from greenery

There was frequent reversing and roaring of motor to free the propeller from greenery

There were just so many birds, over our heads, beside us, around us.

Anhinga

Anhinga

Boat-billed heron, unfortunately hiding most of its boat-bill

Boat-billed heron, unfortunately hiding most of its boat-bill

Two toco toucans and anhinga

Two toco toucans and anhinga

Sunbittern

Sunbittern

Amazon kingfisher

Amazon kingfisher

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Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Ringed kingfisher

Ringed kingfisher

Rufescent tiger-heron

Rufescent tiger-heron

The other boat forges the way for ours

The other boat forges the way for ours among the water hyacinth

The flower is very pretty

The flower is very pretty

We disembarked to go for a short walk in the woods, to see this, a Great potoo. It didn’t move a muscle all the time we were there, hoping (thinking?) that we couldn’t see it.

Great potoo

Great potoo

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Narrow-billed woodcreeper

Narrow-billed woodcreeper

It was only around 9.00 when we got back, and it was damp, starting to rain again.P1160656001

We agreed to reconvene at 10.30 to see whether it was still raining and to decide whether to go for another stroll in the grounds, with a particular bird in mind.

It wasn’t, so we did.

Wattled jacana, no this wan't the one in mind

Wattled jacana (it wasn’t this we had in mind)

P1160662001Before we got to our goal, it started raining again, but we decided to press on.  And got soaked.  Still we saw the

Great horned owl

Great horned owl

just about. We sheltered under its huge tree, which made a little difference to our degree of wetness, and made our way back to the lodge when the rain slightly eased.  Still, I got another, more subdued, sighting of the lovely orange-backed troupial, in the tree by my room.P1160690001

? Brown-chested martins

Brown-chested martins

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