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Iguazu Falls Jan 2008 Bird Watching Trip Report

Author: Carl from Pahrump (More Trip Reviews by Carl from Pahrump)
Date of Trip: January 2008

During the morning we saw a Black-goggled Tanager, Black-throated Grosbeak, Black-throated Trogon, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Cattle Tyrant, Chalk-browed Mockingbird, Golden-crowned Warbler, Masked Yellowthroat, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rufous-winged Antwren, Southern Antpipit, Surucua Trogon, Toco Toucan, Variable Antshrike, Violet-capped Woodnymph, White-bearded Manakin, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, and Yellow Tyrannulet.

We also saw a Red Deer on the trail and a pack of Brown Cappuccino monkeys with white faces (one Mom was nursing 2 babies).

We spent the afternoon at the main falls. We took the 1Km boardwalk to the Devil's Throat (25.695S 54.437W) section of the falls. The falls were generating so much mist you could only see the water start over the fall before it disappeared in the vapor. The falls were awesome!

This area was covered with thousands of butterflies. They were not shy about landing on people.

Around the falls we spotted an American Pygmy Kingfisher and Yellow-billed Cardinal. We took the Eco boat trip back to the center of the park. We saw a Cayman in the grass and heaps of White Trumpet Trees.

We were getting tired, so we bought some T-shirts and got the 4:15pm bus to town. Unfortunately, this bus didn't make any stops, so we ended up at the central bus station -- a mere 10-block walk to the B&B.

butterfly iguazu fallsWe could have spent several more days hiking to different section of the Falls -- it is soooo massive -- hundreds of individual falls stretching out over 1.5 miles and 2 countries. We'll plan on spending a week here next time. Sept and Oct are considered the best time for Butterflies -- most of the birds are resident -- plus it is cooler and dryer then. Sept is also a good time for the Iberia Wetlands 300 Km away.

We were joined at the Happy Hour tonight by couples from New Zealand and Malta. We ordered a dozen Empanadas for dinner (a mixture of beef, chicken and pork) -- they were cheaper by the dozen - $4 US for a dozen, delivered to the B&B. They were terrific!

We were up early on Jan 30. The temp increased a little each day, but never got over the 70Fs (that's 90Fs in the sun). We were really blessed with moderate temps. The rains were beginning to produce flooding across Northern Argentina.

We walked back to the jewelry store for Inca Rose bracelets and other things. We saw a Black Taper on the way to the airport.

We got to the airport at 12:40pm. When we checked-in we learned that our 2:10pm flight had been changed to1pm.

We arrived at 3pm at the Buenos Aires Downtown Airport. We got a limo to the International Airport for a few dollars more than the Minibus.

We departed Buenos Aires at 11:15pm. The 8-hour flight went on the east side of the Andes Mountains over Paraguay, Bolivia and the Amazon Basin.

We crossed the Equator at 1:45am on Jan 31. We arrived in Miami at 4:45am.

The flight from Buenos Aires was 4300 miles. The round trip travel from Miami was 18,860 miles by ship and plane.

Birding summary:

During the 37-day Cruise and trip to Iguazu Falls we saw:

277 bird species in 11 Countries on 3 Continents 217 on the 37-day Cruise 89 at Iguazu Falls

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