Day 4 - Morning entering the Essequinbo River, trails approximately 20 miles up the river Oct 25—Nov 08, 2004

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Peter English became interested in birds while in the fourth grade. He graduated from Williams College in 1988 and received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Texa...

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This morning we waited for high tide and then crossed over the sandbar at the mouth of the Essequibo River. With forest and scattered houses on both sides, we found Laughing Gulls, Large-billed Terns, Magnificent Frigatebirds, and even a few Peregrine Falcons. We anchored about 20 miles up the river, and in the afternoon and some of the group went on hikes while others explored small tributaries in Zodiacs.

Crossing over the sandbar into the Essequibo River

Crossing over the sandbar into the Essequibo River — Photo: Peter English

Both the hikes and the Zodiac explorations found wonderful things: one Zodiac came across a Sunbittern and Red-and-green Macaws, while another found a Three-toed Sloth. The groups that hiked on trails found a great variety of birds including Pompador Cotinga, Blue Dacnis, Dusky Parrot, Red-shouldered Macaw, Yellow-throated Flycatcher, Pygmy Kingfisher and Paradise Jacamar.

Andy Whittaker showing a Paradise Jacamar to his group

Andy Whittaker showing a Paradise Jacamar to his group — Photo: Peter English

As we returned to the ship, we were treated to hundreds of Orange-winged Parrots flying down the river to their roost as a beautiful sunset slowly developed behind us. It was a great way to end an exciting day.

Returning to the ship at sunset

Returning to the ship at sunset — Photo: Peter English