Brazil Ubatuba Day #7 – Tanagers Galore

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Today’s birding in the Atlantic Forest of Ubatuba was really about brilliance.

We could not have our breakfast quietly, nor leave the lodge on time, because of tanager et al. action on the bananas.

Green-headed Tanager is truly spectacular

Brazilian Tanager is so brilliant red it hurts the eye

Blue Dacnis are uber-pretty too. Here’s daddy dacnis feeding baby dacnis:

Young male


Mommy and daddy Dacnis

Ruby-crowned Tanager that never shows his ruby crown to humans

Golden-chevroned Tanager is rather subtle

Stunning Violaceous Euphonia

Pale-breasted Thrush – adult

Juvenile

Eventually we managed to drag ourselves away from the feeders, and headed over to Fazenda Angelim. Birding was excellent with several good birds – Buff-throated Purpletuft was the rarest, nice views but hard to photograph them high up in the canopy against bright sky. Other highlights included a Red-legged Honeycreeper, Rufous-backed Antthrush and many more. Full eBird checklist here.

Ferruginous Antbird

Flame-crested Tanager – showed very well but I failed to get a good, respectable photo of it

It is very beautiful even in blurry photos

Loads of cool Collared Swifts over the forest

After lunch I walked with Marco around the lodge and added a few more species, including this showy Scaled Antbird:

In the evening we went down to the beach. At sea we had Brown Booby, 3 American Royal Terns and Magnificent Frigatebirds. None were as beautiful as this stunning South American Kelp Gull. presumably 4th cycle:

In the mangroves and adjacent forest some nice birds inlcuding Black-throated Mango. This Crested Oropondela put on a display show:

Yellow-headed Caracara

 

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Yoav Perlman

Yoav Perlman

I have been birding since the age of 9, and from the age of 15 I started working professionally in birding. I have been working for the Israeli Ornithological Center since 1998. I was a member of the Israeli rarities committee between 2001 - 2007. I have an MSc in Ecology from the Ben Gurion University. I did my research on the ecology of Nubian Nightjars in Israel, and spent hundreds of nights with these fascinating birds. I lead tours in Israel, and especially focus on Nubian Nightjars obviously. I traveled and birded Asia extensively, and also Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and North America. I am married to my lovely wife Adva and father to two sons - Uri and Noam, and one daughter - Libby. Currently I live in Norwich, where I am starting a PhD project at UEA.

Yoav Perlman

Yoav Perlman

I have been birding since the age of 9, and from the age of 15 I started working professionally in birding. I have been working for the Israeli Ornithological Center since 1998. I was a member of the Israeli rarities committee between 2001 - 2007. I have an MSc in Ecology from the Ben Gurion University. I did my research on the ecology of Nubian Nightjars in Israel, and spent hundreds of nights with these fascinating birds. I lead tours in Israel, and especially focus on Nubian Nightjars obviously. I traveled and birded Asia extensively, and also Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and North America. I am married to my lovely wife Adva and father to two sons - Uri and Noam, and one daughter - Libby. Currently I live in Norwich, where I am starting a PhD project at UEA.

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