A “Nowhere but Northeast Brazil” experience

This post-tour evaluation comment from participant Mike Walsh on our two-parted Nowhere but Northeast Brazil! tour with guides Bret Whitney and Marcelo Padua earlier this year caught our eye (as did photographs from another participant, Markus Lagerqvist!)…

“One of the marks of a truly great bird tour company is the ability and willingness to be flexible during a tour. Part I of the Nowhere but Northeast Brazil! tour was wrapping up, and we had a lot of travel staring us in the face. Bret decided to try a new area, one that was recommended to him by some of his birding pals in Brazil. We headed out to a dry, nondescript patch of land (in a beautiful setting) to take a look. We piled out to take some pics and see what was moving. Down the road a bit, we find a field of flowers, and in the field, the most magical assemblage of hummingbirds I will probably ever see. Front and center is the Ruby-topaz hummer, an absolutely fantastic bird…

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Brazil
A male Ruby-topaz Hummingbird flashes through those flowers. (Photo by participant Markus Lagerqvist)

“As the shutterbugs are getting their thrills, Marcelo calls out ‘Horned Sungem!’ Not one, but two!  There were at least eight species of hummers in the field.  In the dry scrub adjacent to the field, we found crescentchests, tachuris, and the Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant…

Collared Crescentchest, Brazil
Collared Crescentchest at the same stop, photographed by participant Markus Lagerqvist

“On the way back to the bus, I stopped to take in the view one last time and a Horned Sungem flies up to me, stopping a meter away at eye level, checking me out.  I was just stunned and didn’t move for the five seconds he hovered there.  What an experience!”

Horned Sungem, Brazil
Horned Sungem, a Brazilian specialty and fantastic bird (as are so many hummers!), photographed by guide Bret Whitney

Check out our Nowhere but Northeast Brazil! tour page for more info on our January 2013 and 2014 departures.