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Fw: Brazil, Part III

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  • Brenda Wright
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7, 2010
    --- 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
    > Greetings,
    > 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
    > stays.
    > 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
    > Emerald.
    > Part IV coming soon,
    > Coen and Brenda
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