Bryan and I met at the airport in Coca, get the rubber boots and then head out to the southern bank of the Napo River which is the largest river in Ecuador. To get to the Shiripuno Bridge was an easy pick up journey, it took 2:30 hours; the 65 kilometers of the 90 kilometers are recently paved. The Shiripuno rivers is an small river with narrow meanders, you can see the forest all the time. Magpie Tanager, Banded Swallow, Casqued Oropendola, Russet-backed Oropendola, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Swallow-winged Puffbird perched in the tree tops. During our descent was faster the usual the reason was: the level of the river water was high We pass de Huaorani village of Ñoneno the legendary Once we have settle down in the Shiripuno Lodge, we started walking in the forest and see what we can find I was explaining were the different species had been found, where were the territories, Musician Wren, Black-tailed Leaftosser, Olive-backed Foliage-gleaner, Cinereous Antshrike, White-throated Tinamou, calling in the background,Wing-banded Antbird made its afternoon call and we were able to have a close look to it, the night was coming and Rufous Potoo call out not a bad day to start with.
During our breakfast Common Potoo and Great Potoo we calling; we try to find the roosting site of the Rufous Potoo but instead we encounter our first Yasuni Antwren, which cooperate for good looks, Eastern Woodhaunter came to our encounter, We decide to walk on the Wallace trail, the multi-mimic bird call of the Lawrence's Thrush caught our attention, Undulated Antshrike made a weird call which I recorded for the community web site of Xeno-Canto, male and female show up; in the same site Ringed Antpipit was around snapping its bill. In the afternoon it was slow Spot-backed Antbird, Scale-breasted Woodpecker were found. White-chinned Woodcreeper usually this bird is found with large Eciton sp army ant swarms except this one: complete alone!! And again the Rufous Potoo was calling and we had a very good idea about its roosting site.
We were committed to find the Spotted Puffbird that was calling, did try for a quiet long time to find it but it kept calling from the mid canopy, and we finally give up and move to find more birds, We choose Bates Trail finding Long-wing Antwren, Straight billed Woodcreeper were in a small mixed flock, Reddish Hermit came and sit on a dead branch not far from us; Sooty Antbird was in a, Short-billed Honeycreeper, Yellow-backed Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager feeding on Marcgravia fruits; late in the afternoon we move to E. O. Wilson trail finding: Pearly Antshrike was the goal Black-throated Trogon, Gray-cheeked Thrush. Crested Owl and Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl were calling.
The mirador Trail was our destination Black-banded Woodcreeper, a Gray-headed Kite was perched on a dead branch; Black-bellied Thorntail feeding on mistletoe up in the canopy, we got to the starting point and we were welcome by the Coraya Wren, Salvin's Curassow and Gray-necked Wood-Rail, We focus to watch the Salvin's Curassow, and we had great looks of them. We walk to the territory of Yellow-billed Nunbird and Brown Jacamar but only found the Nunbird; on our way back to the river we found a mixed flock with Rufous-tailed Antwren, Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Gray Antwren, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Fasciated Antshrike; Hairy-crested Antbird was at the underground army ant swarm; Black-faced Hawk call just above our head and disappear we went straight to the lekking site of the Blue-backed Manakin, and also we found the Cinnamon Neopipo and it was time to return to the canoe for our lunch. In the afternoon we went to the La Playa de Amor Trail and the direct to the Brown Nunlet, were other species such as the Wire-tailed Manakin female showed up, Warbling Antbird, the recently site of Black-banded Crake it really showed up; the canoe was waiting for us at the end of the trail and we were cross to the Moriche Swamp Trail, Point-tailed Palmcreeper was resting on top of a Moriche Palm leaf the Chestnut-headed Crake come along as well. The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, Red-bellied Macaw and Chestnut-fronted Macaw always come here to roost. It was time for a shower.
We wait until the rain stopped and head to the Misterioso Trail: Sunbittern was the stream side, Black Antbird was easy to see, a couple of Golden-crowned Spadebill were around; about eight Gray-winged Trumpeter after all that rain was excellent..Red-crowned Ant-Tanager was in a mixed flock I made great recordings from it; Thrush-like Antpitta, finally let us watch it and the background was the Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Striped Woodcreeper came very close; our raining morning was perfect after all that water. We wait after lunch and head to the Colibri trail and get our bonus species and got quiet a few: Spotted Antbird by the trail after the junction of Carue Trail and Colibri Trail, Citron-bellied Attila and Black-bellied Cuckoo were at the same tree. In our way back we heard the Rufous Potoo again at the same area.
The rain trunked our four in the morning owling, we wait and started the canoe raid to the bridge our goals were to find Brown Jacamar and Red-throated Caracara finally we got them. by the community we had canoe hitch-riders, they were members of the Huaorani Village.
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture
Amazonian White-tailed Trogon
Amazonian Streaked Antwren
Southern Nightingale Wren