We had a four hour drive yesterday from
to Camiri on a pretty good road, stopping en route
just South of the Santa Cruz . Here, we had the most amazing short stop with lots
of new birds including a Military Macaw which flew low out of a tree and then
slowly across the road and down it away from us, giving us the most brilliant
views. It was an awesome and unexpected birding moment and as soon as the bird
disappeared out of site there were high-fives all around from Birdgirl, who had
missed it twice in Rio Grande . Madidi National Park
We stayed in lovely lodge style hotel and managed to grab a quick pizza. Camiri was cooler than expected and even if I didn’t need the air conditioning on. The second bonus was absolutely no mosquitoes even though we are still low down.
We spent the day birding today in the
an area full of speciality birds, split between Chaco , Bolivia and Argentina . The Paraguay is known as the hottest past of Chaco and we were ready for an extremely hot and dry
climate. Instead, it was perfect. It was very cloudy with no rain and a good
breeze, making it perfect for birding. Also, no mosquitoes, chiggers, sand
flies, sweat flies or anything else to test our ability to cope. Bolivia
We had a start, but managed to grab a couple of hours of sleep on the way down. We saw 18 new birds for the trip in the first 2 hours, making the morning pass very quickly.
Herman, our driver, cooked lunch on a camp stove, so was perfect for Birdgirl’s fussy palate.
The afternoon was much quieter, but we still have tomorrow to catch up with more
After 14 days of birding, 378 birds on our trip list seen. The walking has been easy so far, but we have the highlands to come. Bird
have been brilliant, rearranging things to fit
around inevitable delays along the way. Bolivia
3 endemics seen (out of 18), Blue-Throated Macaw, Unicolored Thrush and Masked Antpitta. None are not usually seen on trips and so this makes them even better. Also, saw Bolivian Slaty-Antshike which is being reviewed by SACC as to whether they accept as a new endemic.
Bolivian Slaty-Antshrike, White-Banded Mockingbird, White-Bellied Nothyra and Red-Legged Seriema.
Black-Legged Sereima, Lark-Like Brushrunner; Many-Colored Chaco Finch; Black-Capped Warbling-Finch; Brown-Backed Mockingbird; Chaco Chachalaca; Striped Woodpecker; Chaco Earthcreeper, Red-Billed Scythebill and Chaco Suiriri.
Military, Red and Green, Blue and Yellow, Chestnut-Fronted, Red-Bellied Macaws
Barba Azul Reserve (‘Blue Beard’) – Blue-Throated Parrot Reserve
Blue-Throated Macaw (only 380 birds left in the world all in this area which is the size of
. We saw 25 individuals); Yellow-Collared Macaw;
Greater Rhea; Southern Screamer; Texas
We have another 24 days of birding left and so are hopeful that we will end up with a sizeable trip list - no idea what though!