Ucayali River, Belluda Caño and Dorado River

May 17, 2018 - Delfin II

The early bird may get the worm, but this morning the early birds got a multitude of treasures much better than the proverbial worm. Into the skiffs once again at 6 a.m. and we were soon magnificently rewarded with: a pair of blue-and-yellow macaws, two groups of milk-moustached saddleback tamarins, a hollow tree stuffed to the brim with a family of noisy night monkeys, a pair spectacularly colored paradise tanagers, a liberal sprinkling of squirrel monkeys and about 31 other species of tropical birds.We extended our morning outing with the addition of kayaking along a tributary of the Ucayali River.

For the afternoon we took to kayaks for the last time and later to the skiffs once again.Our observation skills are getting to the point where we can find sloths ourselves; the count for one boat this afternoon was 4. Our naturalist Jairo also managed to find two Monk Saki monkeys and later a juvenile spectacled caiman. Of course, we had a liberal number of bird sightings with a highlight of a Black Hawk eagle.The bird chatter of the day gave way to the chirping and creaking of night insects.

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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