Jardim Botânico, Brasília: July 28, 2013

After we moved to Brasília in November 2011, the first bit of birding I did was at the Jardim Botânico, so it was logical to visit one last time before we left the country. Actually, I had a few serious targets in mind, both hummingbird species that are only sporadically recorded in the region: Frilled Coquette and Blue-Tufted Starthroat, the latter of which was recorded last year during Avistar Brasília. This year the event, a birding convention of sorts, will again be held at the park on August 3-4 and should include lectures, photography exhibitions, and birding, of course. While Aimee and I did find a few hummingbird species at the exotic trees in bloom in the Japanese Garden, I knew it was a long shot to add another lifer to my list this late in the game.

To commemorate a recent burn of native vegetation that took place in the reserve back towards the observation tower (periodic fires are a natural phenomenon of the Cerrado ecosystem), I’ll include one of my favorite photographs of a male Shrike-Like Tanager, also taken here a few years ago.

Notable birds seen: Aplomado Falcon, Burrowing Owl, Yellow-Chevroned Parakeet, Peach-Fronted Parakeet, Red-Shouldered Macaw, Fork-Tailed Woodnymph, Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird, Glittering-Throated Emerald, White-Wedged Piculet, Black-Capped Antwren, Lesser Elaenia, Yellow-Bellied Elaenia, Rufous-Browed Peppershrike, Purple-Throated Euphonia.

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