It’s so nice to get up with the birds. The temperatures are cooler, the sun is low, and the water in the black lakes is still and covered with mirror-like reflections. Chatter, songs, and territorial calls from dozens and dozens of bird species fill the morning air. Today we had three outings, all of them productive and all of them different. From the trio of black-capped donacobious this morning…to the small flock of paradise tanagers keeping company with a scarlet-crowned barbet…to the evening sighting of hundreds of sand-colored nighthawks purring in a tree. The effort to get up early and head out is always richly rewarded. Next, day two!
A beautiful, calm and relatively warm morning opened the last full day of our expedition in the Upper Amazon. After breakfast, we went to explore Yanayacu River by skiffs. We were greeted at the entrance of the river by many pink river dolphins that we were very actively swimming around us. Macaws, jacanas, herons, terns and several birds of prey were seen all over. In the early afternoon we started our activities by kayaking around Nauta Caño. Conditions were ideal, a little bit of an overcast sky, calmed waters and many birds flying and calling around. After kayaking, we had a final skiff ride along the creek. Wildlife is usually very active in the afternoon in this location. We were very lucky to see many bird species like flycatchers, herons, tanagers, parrots, etc. At around sunset, reluctantly, we came back onboard with our minds and spirits filled with all the new adventures and feelings that the Upper Amazon has brought to our lives.