Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Central American Pygmy-Owl at Rio Sarnoso

On March 21, 2011, Rob Batchelder and Klemens Steiof spent the day exploring the Rio Sarnoso, a tributary of the Rio San Juan located approximately 10 km. downstream from the Rio Bartola, which penetrates deep into the interior of the pristine Indio-Maiz Biological Reserve in southeastern Nicaragua.  Fallen trees, rapids, and shallow water made the trip up the river quite an adventure, but guides Jonathan and Juan Jose (from Refugio Bartola) used their formidable skills to navigate the small boat past these obstacles.  Their efforts allowed Rob & Klemens to find a number of spectacular birds, including a Central American Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium griseiceps).

Other birds seen on this expedition included White-fronted Nunbird (Monasa morphoeus), Chestnut-colored Woodpecker (Celeus castaneus), Chestnut-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza exsul), Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata), Speckled Mourner (Laniocera rufescens), and Buff-rumped Warbler (Phaeothlypis fulvicauda).

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