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by Richard Raby on April 4, 2008

Just back from Southern Desengano

I’ve just returned from my lightning visit to Southern Desengano. I appear to have timed things just right weather-wise as I have maximized on a 48 hrs “Window” of good and sunny weather.
I’ve found accommodation, though rather basic, at a nearby town situated on the southern edge of the National Park.

Traveling some of the multitude of dirt tracks that cross the region, and talking to locals, I’ve managed to draw a map that really puts the commercially available one to shame.
With very limited time available I still managed to find two areas worthy of future visits/closer inspection. Next visit to this region I can arrive late pm and sleep locally and also be “on the doorstep” of the best forested areas for dawn.

Bird species seen and heard were typically hot, low-level forest ones. One or two were considered rather interesting (Crescent-chested Puffbird, Greater Ani) , two were very welcome and procured species (Black & White Hawk-eagle, Red-browed Amazon Parrot) and another one species of scarce occurrence in Rio de Janeiro state (an adult Rufescens Tiger-heron).

On my return to the tarmac I managed to find the quick route, it winds it’s way through rather uninteresting grassland, marsh and, closer to the road, cane fields. The entrance is VERY obscure but by using this route one reduces access time to the forested parts by at least one hour.

All in all a successful trip to a region that I hope one day will become a destination offered commercially?

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