PART 4 of 5: When I last left you we were stuck on a rock in the middle of the Rio Negro River just over 2 degrees south latitude in Brazil. As rocks go, our was at least a comfortable one and the boat was only slightly perched askew with the rain accumulating aft
We went out at night and mostly saw spectacled caiman, the above blue and yellow macaw came later....
During the night the Princesp Clariant, a smaller motorized transport ship came to rescue us and take us to a hotel on the mainland. I do not remember the town. Having nothing better to do, and with the ship still stuck on a rock, we got up at 0530 and went to scout the shoreline for something, anything. The morning air was still cool and so I climbed in a back seat and off we went.
Something else was also different, I had bug bites, all sorts of bugs bites on my torso. Were they mosquitoes, flies, or bed bugs? From the look of them, it appeared that they were chiggers, a souvenir from the walk on shore yesterday.
As birding explorations go it was just okay. It was overcast and the only lifer bird for me was a velvet-fronted grackle, a black bird not unlike many of the other grackles found around North and South America.
After a rain scare we were heading back to the boat to eat breakfast and to pack when the driver of our small boat stopped and grabbed for Silja’s bins. The boat had moved, THE BOAT HAD Moved!
|Princesp Clariant tied up to the Premium but the ship was three hundred yards from its last position|
But then the water was deemed too low, so we went back and then went to the shore and hacked a trail through it, there were no birds nor snakes but two frogs...
|Brown chested martins|
|A shocking find of a paradise jacamar from the boat!|
|rusty margined flycatcher|
|Silver billed tanager|
If nothing else, I kept seeing birds and logging lifers