Tuesday, 15 December 2009

More of the Same

Rancho Grande Biological Station

It was the same time this morning and the same territory, but starting at a slightly lower elevation. The object of our desires at this early hour was Mottled Owl and we didn't have to wait long. Stepping out of the Jeep into clear atmosphere for a change, there were at least 2 already 'calling' close by. It wasn't long before David had taped them in to viewing distance, and while a photograph was out of the question, excellent views were had by all. The traffic this morning was almost none existent, but despite this we headed into the sanctuary of Rancho Grande for which we had the key. There, things started well enough with a pair of most obliging Groove-billed Toucanet, several White-necked Thrush plus 2 'lifers' Wedge-billed and Little Hummingbird.

Groove-billed Toucanet

However, that's when things declined with very few sightings thereafter. David once again blamed El Nino, saying that all the rain we had experienced a couple of days ago had fallen in the desert, while here in the cloud / rain forest there had been none for weeks. It had been the intention to head back to the hotel, to check out, at noon but in the event we got back at 10-45 and prepared for the drive to our next destination Colonia Tovar. This posting is an early start to the days happenings, so if anything eventful should happen en route I will continue this evening if access is available.

Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner

Green Honeyeater

Beetles copulating

Golden Tanager

Butterfly Sp

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