Day 2 - All day at El Toro, Venezuela, in the Orinoco Delta Oct 25—Nov 08, 2004
Posted by Peter English
Black-chested Tyrant — Photo: Peter English
Cruising up the stream in a Zodiac — Photo: Peter English
We spent all day today birding gallery forest and savannah along a small tributary of the Orinoco. Much of the time we were birding from Zodiacs, but we also walked into the forest on a trail that we opened for this trip. It was an incredibly productive and enjoyable day. In addition to the two rarities above, highlights included perched Blue-and-yellow Macaws, White-throated Toucans, Cream-colored Woodpeckers, Crimson-hooded Manakins, an Agami Heron, Slender-billed Kites, Hoatzins, and Festive Parrots.
A Festive Parrot eating fruit — Photo: Peter English
It is hard to imagine how we could have had a better beginning to our trip, and we are excited to see what tomorrow brings. We are ending the night tonight watching a total eclipse of the moon from the top deck of our ship.