Thursday, 23 November 2017

23rd November 2017 Wild Sumaco to Archidona

It was raining at dawn but once it eased I accompanied Alan to a flowering Heliconia alongside the road to the Research Station where yesterday he'd repeatedly seen a White-tipped Sicklebill feeding. It didn't take long for it to make an appearance but it proved difficult to see, and even more so to photograph, as it kept to the shadows. A superb male Blue-rumped Manakin made a brief appearance too. We then said our farewells to Alan and left Wild Sumaco seeing a pair of Speckled Chachalacas as we descended the hill. We drove to Archidona where we checked-in at the Hosteria El Paraiso de las Orquideas. It felt far more humid than Wild Sumaco but we wasted no time by walking the Rio Trail that delivered an unexpected surprise in the form of a Striated Antbird in the bamboo stands. A male Amethyst Woodstar then gave perched views in the canopy that is the norm for the species.

Black Vulture 6

Swallow-tailed Kite 2
Speckled Chachalaca 2
Chestnut-fronted Macaw 6
Scaly-naped Amazon 6
Smooth-billed Ani 2
Grey-rumped Swift 10
Wire-crested Thorntail 2
Golden-tailed Sapphire 4
Gorgeted Woodstar 1 female
Gilded Barbet 2
Red-headed Barbet 2
Golden-faced Tyrannulet 1
Tropical Kingbird 2
Blue-rumped Manakin 1 male
Violaceus Jay 3
Black-billed Thrush 2
Cerulean Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 2
Blue-grey Tanager 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Magpie Tanager 2
Lesser/Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch 2

Adhemarius gannascus at Wild Sumaco
A Hawk-Moth that apparently has no English name

White-tipped Siclebill at Wild Sumaco
a terrible image just about showing its white tips to the tail but completely failing to show its bill at all

Squirrel Monkey at Hosteria El Paraiso de las Orquideas