Aimée and I drove out to Parque Nacional Chapada dos Veadeiros on Saturday to get out of the city and enjoy the beautiful weather (our last trip to the region had been rained out). We had tentative plans to stay the night at Portal da Chapada and hike into the park on Sunday to search for the critically endangered Brazilian Merganser, of which supposedly less than 250 survive. Bilingual bird guide Rafael Teixeira (his contact information is 55-62-9613-3182 or email@example.com) knows of several sites that offer chances for finding the merganser, at least when the weather is dry and the streams and rivers are running clear. The highway GS-118 was in much better condition than we found it on our previous trip, and it took less than three hours to reach the access road to the park, which is great for birding as it passes through many kilometers of grassy fields and gallery forest. Although we ended up returning to Brasília later in the evening, it was a fine day of lovely landscapes and beautiful birds, including my first Caatinga Puffbird.
Notable birds seen: Buff-Necked Ibis, White-Tailed Kite, Savanna Hawk, Black-Chested Buzzard-Eagle, Peach-Fronted Parakeet, Caatinga Puffbird, Toco Toucan, White-Rumped Monjita, Cliff Flycatcher, Black-Faced Tanager, Black-Throated Saltator, Wedge-Tailed Grassfinch, Stripe-Tailed Yellowfinch.