Brazil Travel Diary|
15 September 2004
Charlotte's been invited to another scientific meeting in Brazil, so I've decided to go along for some more tropical bird photography. I'll spend a week in the Atlantic Rainforest, then it's on to the islands of Fernando de Noronha. There Charlotte can go scuba diving and I'll chase the seabirds. 16 September 2004
Today I arrived at Serra dos Tucanos, a cozy birders' lodge 2 hours north of Rio. It's run by Englishman Andy Foster, who apparently advertises in British birding magazines because all the other guests are Brits.
The lodge is nonetheless a great place for easy birding or just relaxing on the veranda. Set at 1000 ft elevation along the Pedra Branca river, it's located in a narrow valley containing some of the best remaining mid-elevation forest in Rio de Janeiro state. The lodge grounds and surrounding forest boast a list of 156 species of birds, including 22 tanagers, my target group for the trip. Most of the tanagers visit bananas that are hung or placed on a tray among low trees on the other side of the lawn. The birds are tame enough so that I can sit quietly some 20 feet away and spend the day photographing them.
18 September 2004