I've seen this species three times before, all quite distant from canopy towers – 2011 and 2012 here at Cristalino, and just this past October at Sani Lodge, Ecuador. But this time I spotted it through many layers of foliage in the canopy overhead, having been alerted by a huge mob of noisy Chestnut-eared Aracaris, Channel-billed Toucans, and a Crimson-crested Woodpecker. We moved down the trail and got a better view of the tree and our local boatman and guide Valdirio spotted it out on an open branch. What a thrill.
It was a very good day even without the eagle. Here are some additional photo highlights:
Blackish Nightjars on a roof in the lodge clearing.
Dusky-chested Flycatcher from the canopy tower.
Great Potoo from the canopy tower, a very lucky find.
Morvina morvus, Morvus Eyed-Skipper.
A puddle party hosting six pierids, two swallowtails, and two daggerwings
A red army ant (Eciton sp.) and its booty, a pupal ant from a just-raided colony.
Red-billed Pied Tanager at the tower.
Santarem Parakeets feeding on açai palms
Swainson's Flycatcher from the canopy tower, where a rare winterer.
Variegated Flycatcher from the canopy tower.