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drenched at the devil's throat

2013-01-14 - 4:03 a.m.

detail, iguazu falls
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Jan. 9, 2012

A very early start long before dawn to seek out the Collared and/or Barred Forest Falcon. We dipped on those birds, but we easily located Common Potoo and Chestnut-Eared Nighthawk. In the case of the nighthawk, you could even say that they found us.

At breakfast, a Gilded Hummingbird flew into the window glass and sat back stunned on the path. Poor baby. I went out to help him, so that he wouldn't get stepped on, and he gripped firmly to perch on my hand but couldn't figure out that I wanted him to perch on a bush. Finally, I put him on a safe niche in the window frame, where he rested until he was up to flying away under his own steam.

Rather tough birding at the raptor watch point near the entrance to Igauzu Fall state park, but we saw a nice flock of migrating Swallow-tailed Kites as well as our first migrating/moving Snail Kites.

Spectacular view of Iguazu Falls and the Devil's Throat in the afternoon. Apparently, the claim is made that Niagara Falls moves more water, but I find it difficult to believe. In fact, I don't believe it. Iguazu Falls is definitely larger, or at least it was today, after the big storm...Who am I going to believe, der Google or my own lying eyes?

I don't know if it's exactly a state secret but let's just say that someone on the trip used to live near the falls and entertained us with stories of how he used to slip in before the park opened to enjoy the show in peace and quiet. There are no real words to describe what we saw, and even a photo won't really tell the tale, so you will simply have to visit and see for yourself.

Other new trip birds seen today:

  • Magpie Tanager
  • House Wren
  • Yellow-headed Caracara
  • Southern Lapwing
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Blue Dacnis
  • Saffron Finch
  • Sayaca Tanager
  • Osprey with fish
  • Red Rumped Cacique
  • Campo Flicker
  • Chopi Blackbird
  • Variegated Flycatcher
  • Anhinga
  • Great Egret
  • Short Tailed Hawk
  • Neotropical Cormorant
  • Blue-Winged Parrotlet
  • Squirrel Cuckoo

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