Fw: Brazil, Part III
- --- On Sat, 3/6/10, Brenda Wright <coenbrenda@...> wrote:
> From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda@...>
> Subject: Brazil, Part III
> To: "Brenda/Coen Wright/Dexter" <coenbrenda@...>
> Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 11:54 AM
> Brazil is a big county, really big! It is the 5th
> largest and is as large as the lower 48 states.
> To visit another part of Brazil we flew three hours
> northeast from Sao Paulo to Fortaleza just south of the
> equator and south of the Amazon River delta on the Alantic
> Ocean. There are many endemic species in this region,
> some which have only been recently discovered.
> Again we used Boute Expeditions and Paulo Boute who hired a
> van and a driver. A friend of Paulo's, a young birder
> and guide from southeast Brazil, Eduardo Patrial, a couple
> from California and Brenda and Coen made up our group.
> The region is hill, drought-plaqued, a landscape of dust
> and caatinga. Caatinga vegatation exits nowhere else
> and therefore supports many endemic bird species. Much
> of the area is over grazed. Many days were spent
> birding part time and driving long distances.
> In northeast Brazil there are several isolated low mountain
> ranges. An increase in elevation quickly moderates the
> desert conditions. Our itinerary targeted these
> mountainous areas where we would have two or three day
> Our first mountain stay was at Serra de Baturite which is
> only 4 degrees south but cool and moist. Many rare
> species were found. Attached is a photo of a
> Spot-winged Wood-Quail.
> Our next stay was near Chapada do Araipe, a large plateau
> at 7 degrees south. This region is very rich in animal
> life due to the diversity of habitats. The Araripe
> Manakin was only discovered in 1998. Attached is a
> photo of this endangered species.
> Next we drove many miles to the Lear's Macaw site in the
> caatinga desest. This macaw is critically endanged and
> only discoved in 1978. We did luck out and saw several
> macaws. Attached is a photo.
> The last attached photo is that of a Saphire Spangled
> Part IV coming soon,
> Coen and Brenda