Our first full day in Caño Negro was all about boat trips. In the morning we went with Andrea from our hotel (Hotel de Campo) around the wetlands.
Prothonotary Warblers were pleasantly abundant.
The day before we had met Russet-naped Wood-Rails around the hotel grounds, sometimes drinking from the fountain. The ones along the river seemed a bit more natural.
Steve mentioned we had not yet seen Common Potoo so Andrea took us to a spot off the boat to see one roosting.
We made another stop at some wetlands and picked up some trip shovelers and a Peregrine, then back on the boat for more.
It's hard to tell how tiny this kingfisher is in photos, but I will assure you that at least twice we saw one and my first thought was warbler. Check out this photo on Flickr from a bird bander to see one in hand.
We had great looks at this three-toed sloth!
We finished the boat tour without seeing one of our target birds, the Agami Heron. At least we saw tons of other stuff! Complete checklist here. Back at the hotel we had lunch and birded around the grounds until it was time for the next boat trip.
Finally it was time for our next boat trip at Medio Queso wetland with Chambita, the same guide who had shown us owls and potoos the night before.
Crakes are one of this area's specialties and Chambita was able to get us on a few Yellow-breasted.
Another target for this spot was Pinnated Bittern which I thought would be difficult and we would get typical bittern views. No. They were easy and rather visible.
The most common birds on this boat trip were Green Heron and Least Bittern, both flushed constantly from the edges of the river.
Our complete checklist from Medio Queso here.
This was one of my favorite birding days from our trip- so many excellent birds seen well! Good times!!