7 Aug 2019

6 Mar 18 - Colombia: Below The El Dorado Lodge

After lunch & some Birding at the El Dorado Lodge in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the jeep drivers drove us down the main track from the lodge. We slowly walked back up the track to the lodge. It was slower compared to the morning, but that's not unusual in forest Birding, especially as the forest cooled down.
Black-hooded Thrush: A largely Colombian & Venezuelan species, that also occurs in Guyana & neighbouring Northern Brazil
The main highlight of the afternoon was my second Antpitta Tick for the day: Rusty-breasted Antpitta. I particularly like the smaller short-tailed Antpittas: this one is only two-thirds of the body size of a British Robin.
Rusty-breasted Antpitta: It was sitting low down, but fortunately, on the rising side of the hillside. Although it stayed still, it was difficult to get a clear photo
Rusty-breasted Antpitta: Finally, a better angle. This is the nominate ferrugineipectus subspecies which only occurs in the Santa Marta mountains & neighbouring North Venezuela mountains. The other subspecies occurs in the main Eastern Andes range of Colombia & Venezuela
It was close to dusk by the time we had finished walking back uphill to the El Dorado Lodge. There was just time for a final check on the feeders:
Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush: Another species around the vegetable tip
Band-tailed Guan: Not a bad Bird table species. This is an uncropped photo
Central American Agouti
Central American Agouti
After dark we were called outside as a couple of Grey-handed Night Monkeys & a Kinkajou had appeared in the trees at their high feeder. Unfortunately, the light was too poor for photography: but it was good enough for the bins. It had been a long, but successful, day.

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