Guided by Nick Athanas.
Spring in Southeast Brazil is pretty neat. While the birding here is always good, it ratchets up a notch this time a year as the forest fills with song and nesting gets into full swing. We once again had a great tour, recording the highest number of species yet for this itinerary, ranging the tiny Buff-throated Purpletuft to some nice raptors like Mantled and White-necked Hawks, and the striking Black-fronted Piping-Guan. Once again antbirds were a big hit, with over thirty species seen well and none “heard-only”. Weather was mostly good; a few rainy days are typical in this tropical area, but a couple of very windy days in Rio state were a bit painful. The last morning was a total washout, but luckily we had gotten all the key targets on the previous afternoon, so we could relax a bit.