Trip report: Southeast Brazil (Oct 2008) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas.

This is the fifth time I’ve done this itinerary and again it was a fun and very productive trip. It’s a fast-paced tour that covers a lot of ground, but that gives the chance to sample a great variety of habitats and go for lots of those very localized endemics that Brazil is so famous for. Some rain in the middle kept things cool in the lowlands, and though it may have cost us a couple of raptors, it did not dampen spirits, and we really did quite well despite it. Otherwise it was clear, hot, and sunny for at least two-thirds of the trip. Some notable highlights included fantasic views of all the “big five” antshrikes, great cotingas like the Shrike-like pictured to the right and even the ultra-rare Gray-winged for some, 30+ antbirds, all the possible ground antbirds, and the Maned Wolves of Caraça. Perhaps most important, we again had a wonderful group of people from four different countries, all helpful, respectful, and fun to travel with. It makes all the difference on a trip. Thank you all for coming!

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