Again, with such great weather, butterflies were out in force.
This damselfly, at a clear, mountain brook was most stunning in flight. It would perch unnoticed for a few moments, but the entire upper side of its wings shimmered an iridescent blue when it took flight. Two of them looked like little blue fairies dancing just above the stream.
One of the great bird highlights was hearing several Hooded Tinamous and one Black Tinamou, singing its haunting, down-slurred cry all morning long from the opposite side of the rushing river below. Booted Racket-tail, Versicolored Barbet, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner (heard while we were waiting for the Lyre-tailed Nightjar to appear), Yellow-breasted Warbling-Antbird (a bamboo specialist), Scaled Antpitta (heard only, of course), both Western and Eastern Wood-Pewees (migrants from North America), a kettle of 75 Swallow-tailed Kites, White-eared Solitaire, Orange-eared Tanager, and Black-faced Brush-Finch were some of the other highlights from today.