Saturday, 23 June 2012

De vuelta



17th June

How I wish there were time to wax lyrical tonight about my first day in Amazonia in five years, during which my long-dear friends lined up on the banks of the Madre de Dios as if to welcome me home: parrots, macaws, parakeets, jacamars, plovers and nunbirds. I have no time though as I’m tired, we have to be up at four o’clock, and there is no electricity at Posada Amazonas so I mustn’t exhaust my laptop too soon. Suffice it to say that today has been wondrous: an emotional return to a vast, biodiverse, challenging ecoregion I once called home. I’m happy beyond words to be here and happiest of all that as the birds sang or appeared as distant specks on Cecropia trees they all came back to me as if I’d left only yesterday. We saw much, including many new species for our tour and for my list, which are summarised below.



Mammals

63
brown agouti
Dasyprocta variegata
64
tayra
Eira barbara

Birds

549
ruddy ground-dove
Columbina talpacoti
550
great kiskadee
Pitangus sulphuratus
551
great potoo
Nyctibius grandis
552
yellow-olive flycatcher
Tolmomyias sulphurescens
553
silver-beaked tanager
Ramphocelus carbo
554
white-collared swift
Streptoprocne zonaris
555
palm tanager
Thraupis palmarum
556
smooth-billed ani
Crotophaga ani
557
limpkin
Aramus guarauna
558
chestnut-bellied seedeater
Sporophila castaneiventris
559
yellow-browed sparrow
Ammodramus aurifrons
560
sapphire-spangled emerald
Amazilia lactea
561
social flycatcher
Myiozetetes similis
562
cobalt-winged parakeet
Brotogeris cyanoptera
563
southern caracara
Caracara plancus
564
greyish saltator
Saltator coerulescens
565
Amazon kingfisher
Chloroceryle amazona
566
yellow-tufted woodpecker
Melanerpes cruentatus
567
violaceous jay
Cyanocorax violaceus
568
russet-backed oropendola
Psarocolius angustifrons
569
fork-tailed palm-swift
Tachornis squamata
570
white-eyed parakeet
Aratinga leucophthalmus
571
boat-billed flycatcher
Megarhynchus pitangua
572
yellow-rumped cacique
Cacicus cela
573
roadside hawk
Buteo magnirostris
574
crested oropendola
Psarocolius decumanus
575
black-fronted nunbird
Monasa nigrifrons
576
bluish-fronted jacamar
Galbula cyanescens
577
giant cowbird
Molothrus oryzivorus
578
chestnut-fronted macaw
Ara severa
579
white-winged swallow
Tachycineta albiventer
580
white-banded swallow
Atticora fasciata
581
blue-headed parrot
Pionus menstruus
582
greater yellow-headed vulture
Cathartes melambrotus
583
pale-vented pigeon
Patagioenas cayennensis
584
crimson-crested woodpecker
Campephilus melanoleucos
585
capped heron
Pilherodius pileatus
586
collared plover
Charadrius collaris
587
bat falcon
Falco rufigularis
588
olive oropendola
Psarocolius bifasciatus
589
white-browed purpletuft
Iodopleura isabellae
590
Spix’s guan
Penelope jacquacu
591
speckled chachalaca
Ortalis guttata

2012 Totals
Mammals: 64
Birds: 591
Reptiles: 15
Amphibians: 6
Fish: 6

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