a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
During my month of travels around Brazil, it was necessary to keep travelling back though Rio.
Rio de Janeiro is not the capital (that's Brasilia), but it is the most famous city of this country.
There is some stunning scenery and good habitat within and around the city, and thus also some decent birding. The remnant rainforest here is the Atlantic rainforest, so there are some separate species endemic to the region that can be found.
All the beaches are large and white and pretty, and birds (of both sorts) can be seen here.
From the islands just offshore, hordes of Magnificent Frigatebirds drift in by morning.
Also hanging around above the rainforest, rocks, and buildings are the ubiquitous vultures. In the parks and gardens there are various birds to be seen, including Kiskadee...
Other areas within the city to visit, include Sugar Loaf and the Botanical Gardens.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".