Day 4

We woke to no rain and as we set off after another early breakfast, large breaks in the clouds promised much drier day. We walked all the way up the main access road to the reserves main entrance. Bird life was slow during the walk out but turning onto the track that runs along the ridge, it picked up. Initially it was species we had already seen but it did provide us with closer views of Blue and Yellow Macaws, Yellow-crowned and Southern Mealy Amazons and Citron-throated Toucans. A calling Sooty Ant-Tanager attracted our attention and whilst trying to tease that into showing itself, a Pale-bellied Hermit appeared. It took a while but eventually the Ant Tanager showed well to all. Fulvous-vented Euphonia and Yellow-tufted Dacnis were added on the way out, along with a Yellow-striped Posion Dart Frog. A distant raptor, clearly not one of the familiar Black and Turkey Vultures was found and although distant, it was identified as an Ornate-Hawk Eagle. A couple of Whooping Motmots were heard but only Pete managed a glimse of one.

Turning of the road, to head back to camp, a White-tailed Trogon was calling across the river. This was successfully called across and showed well, just above our heads. Better views of Black-billed Flycatchers were had today, compared to yesterdays hide and seek job, then a male Sooty Ant-Tanager showed remarably well, singing from the edge of a clump of bamboo.

During the lunch break/siesta Martin found an Amazon Kingfisher, whilst the reserve ranger located a roosting Pauraque, that showed well to all, if hidden in the shade, so not allowing for good photographs.

After lunch, it was across the river where we were hopping for a Royal Flycatcher. Unfortunately no sign of the flick could be found, but Yellow Tyranulet, Cocoa Woodcreeper and Crimson-crested Woodpecker were aded to the list. Back over to the camp side of the river, Phil achieved a much wanted ambition and found a roosting Common Potoo - even the reserve warden didn't know it was there!. A Black Antshrike gave everyone the run around before all managed to get a look at it.

With dry weather, we went out owling after dark. Unfortunately we only recorded a distance Black and White Owl. We did surprise the warden however by finding a juvenile Spectacled Caimen in a pool near the centre.


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