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13 - 16 October
9. Mandicocha ("Water
visited this lake once, after our early morning trip to the Canopy
Tower. Continuing along the trail past the tower, a half-hour walk
brought us to the edge of this beautiful, peaceful lake. En route,
we were lucky to catch fleeting views of Marbled Wood-quail,
Straight-billed Hermit and Squirrel Cuckoo. We also heard
the distinctive calls of Sooty Antbird and Black-faced
Antthrush (the latter we finally got to see the following day).
The single clear note of the Southern Nightingale-wren was
also heard well.
baled out the small canoe, and we spent the next 90 minutes travelling
peacefully around this small water-hyacinth fringed lake and its
There were a few Hoatzins around Mandicocha, but nothing
like as many as by Garzacocha. A Striated Heron perched briefly
on a low branch over the water, before flying away. Less nervous
was the Limpkin, we approached to around 20 feet, seeing
clearly the white streaks on its neck. The bird was being irritated
by a wasp and was not really interested in us.
had brief but clear views of Amazon Kingfisher (a crackling
call) and the large Ringed Kingfisher, but these were the
only other water birds that we saw at Mandicocha; all the rest were
forest birds. Some we had already seen elsewhere, such as White-chinned
Jacomar (excellent view), Black-capped Donacobius, Tropical
Kingbird (2) and Lesser Kiskadee.
were new to us, either on the trip, or 'lifers'. The latter included:
Flycatcher - didn't make an impression on us!
Flycatcher - another completely forgettable bird!
Flycatcher - heavily streaked underparts - we saw a number
of them along one of the backwaters.
Crimson Tanager - a poor, in-flight view
Tanager - heard only.. sounded a bit like a Chiffchaff!
Pygmy-owl - good views of it perched on a lakeside branch.
Responded well to tape luring.
our return to the landing stage, we looked at the nearby lakeside
trees, and had an excellent view of a Common Piping-guan,
with its huge tail, white wing patches, long neck and bare face
patch. Our walk back to the Lodge produced a female Dusky-throated
Antshrike and good views of a Dusky Titi Monkey - we
heard the loud screeching, roaring calls of the rest of the troupe
not far away.