Nickerie river, Suriname, first day

This is a video about the Nickerie river.

Suriname, 5 February.

As reported earlier, our ship goes up the Nickerie river.

Already soon after Wageningen, greater anis along the river banks.

Cattle egrets.

Blue and yellow macaws flying.

Ringed kingfishers.

White-winged swallows flying low over the river.

We pass a half sunk small dinghy at the bank. It is called Titanic. After that, hardly any other ships or boats. We are going into the interior of Suriname: mainly virgin forest, where few people live.

We hear a bananaquit. Many plumbeous kites sitting in treetops, looking for insects to catch.

A turkey vulture on a leafless tree.

A lesser yellow-headed vulture.

A spotted sandpiper, without the spots of its North American summers, as it is wintering here now.

An Amazon kingfisher in a tree which has fallen into the river.

A bat falcon.

A white-necked heron.

A greater yellow-headed vulture.

First a bare-necked fruitcrow; then a great black hawk.

A big group of band-rumped swifts passing over the treetops.

Then, another group, this time painted parakeets.

Then, an individual bird, but a special individual: an anhinga.

We can hear now that we are really in the virgin forest, as everywhere we can hear the cry of the screaming piha, the ‘voice of the jungle’. Some people in Suriname use that bird call as their cellphone ringtone.

A juvenile king vulture high in the sky; also a species of the interior rather than of the coastal region.

Birds are not the only animals flying here. Many butterflies cross the river. Also some of the mammals of Suriname are flying. We often see Wagner’s sac-winged bats, a diurnal insect-eating species.

Palm swifts.

Two channel-billed toucans and one red-billed toucan, together in a treetop.

Three dusky parrots crossing the river as it is getting dusky near sunset.

At 18:57, in some of the last remnants of sunlight of today: a white-headed piping guan in a treetop on the bank.

A lesser nighthawk announces nightfall.

Two orange-winged parrots fly to their sleeping tree.

In the dark, a boat-billed heron is just visible on the right bank.

2 thoughts on “Nickerie river, Suriname, first day

  1. Pingback: Suriname, fourth day, Nickerie river | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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