Monday, September 07, 2009

Tarapoto – Urahuasha trail days 17-19

Back in Tarapoto, I made a dawn foray along the start of the trail up to Urahuasha and also discovered a good site for Heliconius pardalinus, killing two cats with one stone. This area on the other side of the Rio Shilcayo is much drier than the side I usually try and bird before breakfast and work and will hopefully produce some interesting sightings in the next few weeks. Species found in a couple of hours one morning included Great Antshrike, Long-billed Antwren, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Mottle-backed Elaenia, Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch, Cobalt-winged Parakeet, Southern Beardless Tyrranulet, Red-eyed Vireo, Common Tody-Flycatcher, Buff-throated Saltator and Blue-winged Parrotlet. Best on the Tarapoto (southern) side were Purple-throated Euphonia, Pale-legged Hornero, Amazon Kingfisher, Troupial, Gilded Barbet, White-banded Swallow, Reddish Hermit, Russet-backed Oropendola, Green Kingfisher.

Larger versions and more photos with labels can be found on the public version of my Facebook 'Peru Fieldwork 2009' album:

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