Birding in the Amazonas!

The last remaining rainforests of the Brazilian Amazon are so exotic and exciting. However, birding in these parts is certainly extremely difficult. First of all the rainforest is too thick and almost impenetrable in many parts – you had to be on your guard when treading in uncertain places. Secondly there is always almost little light to illuminate the spot where the birds hang about! Thirdly there is so much space for the birds to move away when the birdwatcher spots them at play or feeding and painfully zooms in with his camera—there are miles and miles of impenetrable jungle! Then of course, there is this factor of climate and time. I went to these places when the rains were almost withdrawing but still the skies were dark and cloudy most days. The constant drizzle kept me uncomfortably wet. The most determining factor as far as I was concerned was that I was carrying only my 70×300 lens for fear that I would be mugged for my expensive lens otherwise.  I was travelling to the other side of the globe and couldn’t afford to be hampered by heavy stuff. Most of the times I was alone and was virtually frightened to let go off my camera and stuff … Then there was so little time as always.

The trickle of bird photos I have been able to gather are all that I have to relish … perhaps I will get another chance to spent long, long time in my beloved Amazon!

The image of Tropical forests of Brazil would certainly hasten to mind highflying parakeets and long-billed multi-coloured Toucans! The Macaws or large South American Parrots are indeed the most delightful birds that screech and flap overhead. And the Encyclopaedia says: there are 18 species of large colourful parrots native to tropical North and South America. These brightly coloured long-tailed birds are some of the most spectacular parrots in the world. Macaws are classified in the genera Ara, Anodorhynchus, Cyanopsitta, Primolius, Orthopsittaca, and Diopsittaca in the family Psittacidae.

I could see several groups fluttering and flapping overhead—but my sorrow knows no end when I glance through my painful exposures– they are not even eligible as bird photos. However, I have seen them and my heart is filled with longings of another day!

Aracaris are residents in forests and woodlands in the Neotropics. They are a breed of Toucans. I could spot two or three. The zoo in Manaus gave me a good exposure to one of these delightful creatures!

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