Friday, August 05, 2016 8:02:00 AM
We are in the process of giving the Serra dos Tucanos Website a makeover! During this time please visit our Facebook page for recent news from the Lodge.
We will also have a stand at the Bird Fair again this year, please come and see us to discuss your next birding holiday to the Atlantic Forest of South-East Brazil, Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal or Cristalino Lodge in the Amazon.
We will be located in Marquee 5, Stand 35.... just opposite the catering Marquee!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Monday, June 06, 2016 6:13:00 AM
The private tour that finished on the 20th May went well with a total of 263 species seen, of which 85 were Atlantic forest endemics! We had a great week with star birds being a perched Mantled Hawk on the Cedae Trail, Grey-winged Cotinga at close quarters at Caledonia, Blond-crested Woodpecker on the Lodge feeders, Spot-billed Toucanet, Three-toed Jacamar, Pin-tailed Manakin, Cryptic Antthrush, White-throated Hummingbird and 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, not a rare bird but diffiuclt to see in this area! The full trip report for the week will be available online in the next few days.
White-throated Hummingbird at the Lodge © Andy Foster
Cryptic Antthrush taken on the Feeder Trail © Andy Foster
Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:01:00 PM
The feeders at the Lodge today were very busy indeed! Species visiting included Blond-crested Woodpecker, Burnished-buff Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Sayaca Tanager, Black-goggled Tanager, Plain Parakeet, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Dusky-legged Guan, Great Kiskadee, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Pale-breasted Thrush, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Bananaquit, Blue Dacnis and Rufous-collared Sparrow, thats an amazing total of 19 species!
Below are some photos taken from the feeders today!
Blond-crested Woodpecker at the Lodge feeders © Andy Foster
Blue-naped Chlorophonia at the Lodge feeders © Andy Foster
Sunday, May 15, 2016 9:02:00 PM
We have just completed our 2nd full days birding on a private tour. We visited Pico da Caladonia yesterday and the Duas Barras and Sumidouro area today. So far so good with some excellent birding over the last couple of days. Highlights from yesterdays trip included Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Large-tailed Antshrike, Itatiaia Thistletail, Mouse-coloured Tapaculo, Plovercrest, Velvety-black Tyrant, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet and a rather close encounter with 3 Red-legged Seriemas! Todays trip for the Three-toed Jacamar was excellent, we saw a total of 112 species during the day with highlights including Three-toed Jacamar (of course!), Serra Antwren, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Curl-crested Jay, Tufted Antshrike, Black-necked Aracari, Blue-winged Macaw, Rufous-capped Antshrike, White-eared Puffbird, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Hangnest Tody-Flycatcher, Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher, White Woodpecker, Dusky-tailed Antbird and Brown Tinamou!
Scale-throated Hermit at Itororo Lodge. © Andy Foster
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:57:00 AM
The Trip Report from the private tour in March 2016 is now available to see on the Surfbirds website, click the following link to have a read!
Another recent photo from our camera trap is of the elusive Spot-winged Wood Quail! If only we could get views like this when walking the trails!
Thursday, April 07, 2016 7:45:00 AM
The report from the Naturetrek Tour in March is now available online: http://www.naturetrek.co.uk/./BRA05_report_160226_The_Best_.
As autumn approaches temperatures are now starting to fall at Itororo Lodge! Within a couple of weeks we should start to get our first Blue-naped Chlorophonias back on the feeders together with Gilt-egded, Azure-shouldered, Magpie, Burnished Buff and hopefully Brassy-breasted Tanagers! We have set up another new feeder in the forest, specifically aimed at trying to get both Saffron and Spot-billed Toucanets and various other Tanager species!
We have also started running a camera trap on our trails around the lodge. Results so far have been great with photos of Oncilla (a small forest cat), Tayra, Paca, Common Opossum, Nine-banded Armadillo, Brown Tinamou, Spot-winged Wood-Quail and Rufous-capped Motmot!
The photo below is of the Oncilla, very camouflaged and hiding on the left hand side of the photo!
Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:54:00 AM
Just finished a private tour of 9 days based at Itororo Lodge. A great weeks birding with a total of 238 species of which a total of 86 were Atlantic forest endemics! The weather was kind to us and we had some brilliant views of some rather tricky species! Highlights for the week included Black-billed Scythebill, Itatiaia Thistletail, Scaled Antbird, Plovercrest, Red-legged Seriema, Chestnut-headed Tanager, White Woodpecker, Firewood Gatherer, Large-tailed Antshrike, Brasilia...n Antthrush, Such's Antthrush, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Three-toed Jacamar, Mouse-colored Tapaculo, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Scaled Woodcreeper, Blue-winged Macaw, Green-headed, Red-necked, Gilt-edged and Brassy-breasted Tanagers, Black and Gold Cotinga amongst many others!
The Blond-crested Woodpecker is now visiting the feeders at Itororo on a daily basis together with regular visits from Azure-shouldered Tanager, Black-goggled Tanager, Burnished-buff Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Maroon-bellied Parakeets and it wont be long before we start seeing our first Blue-naped Chlorophonias of the year as the temperatures start to drop.
The trip report for this week will be up on our site shortly, but in the meantime here is a photo of a rather cooperative Chestnut-headed Tanager!
Chestnut-headed Tanager © Andy Foster
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 8:19:00 PM
The Naturetrek Tour ended well last Saturday having seen 235 species in 8 days. We had a great week with many good birds and lots of fun! We had many highlights during the week including these rather nice Yellow-browed Woodpeckers just by the feeders at Itororo Lodge!
Yellow-browed Woodpeckers © Andy Foster
Monday, February 29, 2016 8:51:00 PM
Just completed the third day of the Naturetrek Tour "Best of Brazils Atlantic Forest". All going well with some great birds so far including 108 species on the Three-toed Jacamar Excursion yesterday! Highlights so far have included Black and Gold Cotinga, Large-tailed Antshrike, Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Three-toed Jacamar, White-eared Puffbird, Gilt-edged Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Blue-winged Macaw, Black-necked Aracari, Serra Antwren, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Diademed Tanager, White-throated Hummingbird, Brazilian Ruby and Red-legged Seriema.
Red-legged Seriema on the High Altitude Excursion © Andy Foster
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 9:36:00 PM
Just finished a private 8 day tour birding the upper reaches of the Tres Picos State Park based at Itororo Lodge. We visited several of our usual sites and trails and managed to see an impressive 78 Atlantic forest endemics! Highlights from the week included Mantled Hawk, Grey-winged Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Plovercrest, Three-toed Jacamar, both Spot-billed and Saffron Toucanets, Large-tailed Antshrike, Yellow-browed Woodp...ecker, Black-capped Foliage Gleaner, White-collared Foliage Gleaner, Serra Antwren, Bertonis, Rufous-tailed, Ferruginous, Dusky-tailed and Ochre-rumped Antbirds, Cryptic Antthrush, Mouse-colored Tapaculo, Oustalet's Tyrannulet, Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher, Bare-throated Bellbird, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Half-colloared Sparrow, Chestnut-headed Tanager, Rufous-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Gilt-edged Tanager, Bay-chested Warbling Finch and Thick-billed Saltator! A great weeks birding!
Yellow-lored or Grey-headed Tody Flycatcher © Andy Foster