Guyana: Fashionable, not Populous – 10,000 Birds

Our first full day within the Land of Many Waters predictably started with a visit on considered one of these many waters. After leaving our resort at midnight, we arrived on the small dock about half hour after dawn – making considered one of many salient factors about birding in Guyana: the nation is huge! However, the sunshine was nonetheless mild and golden. Farmhouses dotted the panorama, however our consideration was directed to the water.

If there was any doubt we had been close to to water, this flock of Black-bellied Whistling Geese made it completely clear.

Right here, we met up with a great good friend and proficient native photographer who would be a part of us for the morning’s session and host us at his place for the afternoon. He chuckled as I jerked into motion at some passing Brown-throated Parakeets, indicating that we’d see tons extra. And so we did, however each subsequent sighting was of birds blitzing previous.

Brown-throated Parakeet, my solely sighting of a perched chicken for the journey.

Can’t get on a ship within the Neotropics and never see an Anhinga.

The primary goal as we drifted downriver was the enigmatic and prehistoric Hoatzin – nationwide chicken of Guyana and an absolute deal with for the eyes. These birds hatch with claws on their wings and by no means actually cease wanting like present-day dinosaurs. To be taught extra about this chicken you possibly can test this hyperlink, ready by my good good friend of a few years whom I lastly had the pleasure of assembly in particular person this morning.


A pair of Inexperienced-tailed Jacamars regarded on as we ogled the Hoatzins, in all probability puzzled why we had been instantly enraptured by brown birds and never dazzlingly iridescent ones.

Additional downriver, a tiny chicken flitted on an open department. It was my first ever gnatcatcher – Tropical Gnatcatcher.

Throughout the dense vegetation bordering the river, there was a constant soundtrack; the truth is it was a soundtrack that was very acquainted to me. Silvered Antbird has been considered one of my bogey birds right here in Trinidad for a few years, from sightings when I didn’t have digicam in hand to having digicam in hand, able to go however being on reverse sides of a giant tree trunk.

Quite a few Silvered Antbirds had been calling from throughout the tangles, however regardless of feeling like they got here to inside arm’s attain, the Guyanese birds had been simply as expert as their Trinidadian counterparts in remaining hidden.

Happily, I finally discovered a window and caught this male Silvered Antbird because it belted its track.

When looking for birds in dense vegetation, one turns into extraordinarily tuned in to motion. Whereas the antbirds had been nearer to the bottom, I used to be momentarily distracted by one thing flitting round slightly larger. It was a wren, clearly, exhibiting typical wren behaviour by solely giving me a single alternative. Once I confirmed it to our information, he indicated that it was not a generally seen species.

Coraya Wren, courtesy the one shot particular. Reality is, I did get a second picture due to the excessive body charge, however the wren was already on its approach to higher, brighter locations by then.

After getting off our boat, we determined to discover some close by fields to see if we catch get any glimpse of a not too long ago sighted Gray-breasted Crake.

Though the crake was a no-show (shock, shock), a Bat Falcon whizzed previous.

On our manner out, we noticed a number of Nice Black Hawks patrolling the pastures. This was the closest of the lot, look intently and also you’ll see some blood on its invoice – proof of it having simply swallowed a snake. A horde of Carib Grackles surrounded this chicken, they presumably comprised an attentive viewers whereas the predator-prey drama unfolded.

Nice Black Hawk

A short time later, we made a rapid cease beneath the searing noon solar on the famed seawall. Coastal Georgetown close to the mouth of the mighty Demerara River is roughly six toes beneath sea degree, so the seawall is a needed characteristic. It felt unusual to climb to see the ocean!

This Rufous Crab Hawk was additionally feeling the warmth, ingesting water from one of many many streams flowing into the Atlantic.

Throughout the coastal vegetation we obtained one other take a look at White-bellied Piculet (albeit not half nearly as good because the view from the earlier afternoon) and acquainted flycatchers Brown-crested Flycatcher and Noticed Tody-Flycatcher.

Noticed Tody-Flycatcher

From right here, we grabbed lunch and drove a brief distance to our good friend’s farm – however I imagine that journey deserves its personal put up. Keep tuned!

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