Our extension to the incredible Iguazú Falls, the most voluminous and arguably most scenic falls in the world, offers fantastic Atlantic Rainforest birding and targets the beautiful Surucua Trogon, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Rufous-capped Motmot, Rufous Gnateater – and many more! Our itinerary also allows time to venture to higher-elevations birding sites in search of other regional specialties such as Black-fronted Piping Guan, Dusky-tailed and Bertoni’s Antbirds and Tufted Antshrike. We will also visit the Jardin de las Picaflores where a good set of spectacular hummingbirds come to the feeders. This is a highly enjoyable addition to our Brazil – Birds & Wildlife of the Pantanal & Cerrado birding tour!
Black-fronted Piping Guan; Surucua Trogon; Maroon-bellied Parakeet; Spot-billed Toucanet; Toco Toucan; Chestnut-eared Aracari; Slaty-breasted Wood Rail; Great Dusky Swift; Black Jacobin; Planalto Hermit; Swallow-tailed Hummingbird; Blond-crested, Yellow-fronted & Robust Woodpeckers; Ochre-collared Piculet; Rufous-capped Motmot; Buff-bellied Puffbird; Rufous Gnateater; Araucaria Tit-Spinetail; Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper; Bertoni’s & Dusky-tailed Antbirds; Spot-backed & Tufted Antshrikes; Streak-capped Antwren; Speckle-breasted Antpitta; Southern Bristle Tyrant; Eared Pygmy Tyrant; Southern Antpipit; Plush-crested Jay; Blue Manakin; Red-ruffed Fruitcrow; Blue-naped Chlorophonia; Chestnut-bellied Euphonia; Green-headed, Magpie & Chestnut-headed Tanagers.
South American Coati; Black-horned Capuchin; Brazilian Dwarf Brocket.
primary and secondary interior Atlantic Forest, bamboo-dominated forest, Araucaria forest patch.
pleasant to warm and humid
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader
moderate with some challenging species
Argentine Black-and-white Tegu; Broad-snouted Caiman.
Bobby Wilcox was a very capable and congenial leader. Our group consisted of birders of all levels of expertise. Bobby did his very best to make certain everyone got the opportunities they needed to have a very positive experience.
This trip was excellent, the guide excellent, and the group experience was great.
This was an excellent tour and Peter did a very good job. He made the transition from birder/lister to tour guide very well. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and personable. I also liked that he allowed the tour participants to provide input and vote on any potential itinerary modifications and provided us with the information needed to make decisions. All good.
Peter Kaestner was completely committed to getting every bird possible on both tours. He was sensitive to all the needs of the participants and worked tirelessly on what could have been potentially serious limitations to the logistics. Getting the chauffeur/vehicle company to recognize the needs of a birding tour was difficult. And because of lack of flexibility in overtime use of the driver and deviations from an original itinerary, Peter had to work hard to make sure we had opportunities for every bird regardless. He was uncommonly successful in achieving these results.
Peter Kaestner was an excellent guide, combining outstanding bird-finding and identification abilities, capable and efficient logistical planning, and strong social and interpersonal skills. One especially commendable feature of Peter's bird guiding is his limiting of playback to the minimum needed for the bird to come out and be seen by the whole group (rather than for optimal photos or prolonged views), thereby minimizing disturbance to what are often localized or threatened bird species. We hope that other Rockjumper guides will adopt Peter's approach.
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