So a couple of days later we met him in the carpark at 6am with a packed lunch and lots of optics, and headed off to Roxborough, seeing a few birds on the way, such as our first Green Heron of the holiday. We turned north at Roxborough and the road began to wind slowly upwards, and the abandoned cocoa plantations gave way to thicker forest. We were the only car on the road, and the order of the day was to make frequent stops either because Newton had seen something, or simply because it was a promising area in which he had previously seen something. In this way we added a stack of new birds to the list, and got views of Collared Trogon that I had scarcely believed possible, and it was Mrs L who found it!! Tropical and Grey Kingbirds were everywhere, pairs of Orange-winged Parrots (O-w Amazon) flew overhead making a variety of noises, and we had several Rufous-tailed Jacamar - a fabulous Bee-eater-like creation.
How Newton picked up all the stuff in the forest I will never know, but I guess he might experience (a lesser version of) the same if he came round Wanstead Flats with me - that said he has been to the UK a lot, usually for the bird fair, so perhaps not, and I might have to pay him here too! We got almost all the target birds and saw them well, the only real miss was the White-throated Spadebill which we heard but never saw. Guess I'll have to go back....
Here's the list from the day:
Main Ridge Forest Reserve
Great Black Hawk
Collared Trogon (we saw five in the end)
Plain Brown Woodcreeper
plus these on the way
Little Blue Heron