Birding and Bird Photography Blog by Leander Khil

Some birds from French Guiana

I just returned from an exciting trip to French Guiana. This time, frogs were the more important actors in the rainforest. We took part in a study trip with the University of Vienna, studying Allobates femoralis, a small, non-toxic “poison dart frog” – more on this later, including photos. After four weeks at an undisclosed site in the primary forest, there’s lots to catch up with, so I’ll be brief again. I did a quick selection of bird photos from the trip, most of the first week at the coast around Cayenne (where watching and photographing birds is fairly easy) and a few from the Nouragues reserve. I consider the rainforest being one of the toughest landscapes to photograph birds in, so there weren’t to many lucky shots while searching for critters on the ground. But: The album includes to very special species in the end. My childhood dreambird, the Guianan cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola), which I finally saw at the inselberg of the Nouragues reserve and the unique Capuchinbird (Perissocephalus tricolor), which made a late appearance on the last day at the frog study-site. Those two posed for record shots rather than for really appealing photos..

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