No matter how often you go out in the rainforest, you always find something different. Today we had our longest outing, both in time and in distance covered, planned so we could get deep into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, by way of going up the Pacaya River. Among thousands of birds that framed our navigation all day long, we found four species of monkeys, two caimans, dolphins and some other critters. A very welcomed and beautifully presented lunch at the ‘Jungle Restaurant’ was a great bonus thanks to the great effort of our hotel crew. The afternoon went by as we sailed down the Ucayali in search of our destination for the last day of adventures in the Upper Amazon.
During the early morning hours, we could hear rain pounding on our boat. Happily, the rain slowed to a drizzle as dawn approached. We slipped into ponchos as we boarded the skiffs and motored off in search of whatever Mother Nature had to offer. We observed dozens of great egrets fishing along the muddy banks at the mouth of Clavero Lake. By the high water marks on the reeds and bushes, we could see that the lake level recently dropped by at least four feet. We found and photographed at least a dozen species of birds during our hour in the skiffs before breakfast. In addition, we saw a troop of squirrel monkeys and both gray and pink dolphins. In the afternoon, we explored Supay Creek and followed a narrow waterway into a peaceful oxbow lake. Some of the many bird species we identified included two bright turquoise cotingas, short-tailed parrots, hoatzins, and a gray-headed kite. We saw our first giant water lilies, and one was in bloom! The highlight of our evening was watching hundreds of sand-colored nighthawks. These nocturnal birds feed on flying insects, and they came out of the forest and perched in the treetops as the sun set over the lake.