Something remarkable about this blog referring to an interesting spot that have become a nice place for birding at hometown ” World Famous Manu Road” , that’s is the result a land that you can be suddenly surprised by encountering any migrant or simply be surprised by any unexpected sight in terms of geographical distribution or just simply rarities while birdwatching and leading tour groups at Wild Watch Peru or just by visiting my parents.
I have become used to visiting these ponds and the top quality birding it has to offer, some highlights on the last couple of years have included;
Black necked stilt, greater yellow legs, Black bellied whistling duck , southern lapwing , Brazilian Teal and recently the least grebe and few other raptors Laughing falcon, Osprey.
Other species restricted to this aquatic habitat such as; herons, egrets, silvered Ant-bird, little cuckoo and the juvenile of black crowned night heron seen on short period of time.
The endangered blue headed Macaw and few other psittacidos can be easily heard and seen before dusk, the second growth vegetation holds few other interesting species; spot breasted woodpecker, little woodpecker these 2 were spotted while nesting on the cavities of the standing trees.
The observation of migrant flycatchers also is interesting; vermilion flycatcher and most of the species remain as resident that would be the case of the unmistakable hoatzin so I got surprised when we first spotted the magnificent hoatzins on October 2013, actually our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some passerines strongly related to the marshes, which are; silvered ant bird, silver beaked, palm and blue and gray tanager.
Brazilian teal and Southern Lapwing have become attractively resident along the area as they are strongly colonizing the man-made habitats; rice ponds, fish farms and grassland so I still pursuit the chance to get my first picture of the Brazilian Teal that unfortunately couldn’t happen yet, I suddenly have seen them twice flying away around the dam, they remain as elusive birds for now.
In fact the ponds ,(hoatzin habitat ) was accidentally created by my father on his way to run his project of fish- farm for breeding some Gami-pacos tilapias etc so the creek that emerges out from the forest was dummed, eventually it have become a huge ponds that have flooded the forest around , once the conditions were favorable and optimal the hoatzin started colonizing the shores as they were coming out from the forest interior as they also live along creeks and swamps , for instance the vegetation around was diying slowly and this a particular habitas for other species of birds such as; flycatchers , woodpeckers, the first time we saw the hoatzin
was nice surprise ! Initially we only counted around 8 or 9 individuals on the October 2013, they were apparently non tolerant for being watched at close range so nowadays their population have increases reasonably as I have counted over 16 individuals, actually the ponds are my favorite site to observe these pre-historic looking birds while bird watching along the Manu road, its true hoatzins appears to be one of most common birds around water bodies but somehow at much lower elevation for instance the fish farm are over 600 meters on elevation,
this area is interesting site for birdwatching and I hope will keep bringing surprises.