|Habitats:||Restinga, salt pans, coast|
|Duration:||Full day, return for dinner|
|Journey time:||3 hours each way|
|What to take:||Binoculars, telescope (if you have one), camera, sunscreen, hat, plenty of water, sturdy walking boots, a waterproof jacket (just in case). A light fleece can be useful in the early morning between May to August. Also please bring your passport with you on this excursion.|
|Useful info:||Transport is via air-conditioned minibus. A packed lunch is included in the excursion price. We also allow for an optional stop at a cafe in Cabo Frio for refreshments.|
|Price:||US$110 per person|
A full day excursion to the coastal restinga for the endemic Restinga Antwren and other specialities of this threatened habitat.
Restinga is a vegetation type unique to the Atlantic Forest grows on sandy soils and consists of cactii, ferns, small palms, bromeliads and scrub, as well as some taller forest further inland. The restinga has a tiny distribution along the coast of south-east Brazil, and as with other Atlantic Forest habitats has been dramatically reduced, with only about 10% of the original area remaining. Urban development, particularly for holiday homes, is a serious threat to the survival of this special habitat.
On this excursion we visit an area of restinga near the town of Cabo Frio, as well as stopping at lagoons and salt pans nearby for a variety of shorebirds, wildfowl and marshland species. The restinga is the only habitat in which Restinga Antwren is found and this species is our main target. During the austral winter months we might even be fortunate enough to find a Magellanic Penguin offshore!
Magellanic Penguin (seasonal)
Cabot’s (Cayenne) Tern
Other species often seen include:
Little Blue Heron
Black-bellied (Grey) Plover
South American Tern
Sooretama Slaty Antshrike