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These guys, Coereba flaveola tended to lurk in the yard deep in bushes and shade with poor photo ops. Caught this one leaving the dense shade of the coconuts.

The leaves collected are taken down to the nest as food for the fungi these little farmers grow for food. I have spent many hours just relaxing watching them, following sometimes very long trails and sometimes helping them collect. Here is one with a flower.

With daylight/dark here near the Equator being pretty much 12/12 hours I tend to go to bed and get up earlier than way up in the north. If I did sleep late these little pests would start pecking on the window and get me up. Tangara cayana here is foraging among the green coconuts.

I had been photographing this little hawk a while and then it was "I see you!" and a bit of staring before settling down again. I think possibly it is Accipiter erythronemius, also considered a race of Accipiter striatus based on a full side view photo. Behavior and general appearance certainly reminded me of our North American Sharp-shinned (striatus) that visit my yard.

Nice to have really fresh mangos. Of course when they can almost be a hazard in places, falling off trees to sidewalks, you can also use them for decoration and scenting.

It is nice to see reinforcements for the usual night watch!

Never tired this one—there are so many in cane rich Alagoas that one could go blind sampling them all! This one is from the south so why bother!

Cícero Romão Batista, Padre Cícero is still banned by the Vatican and Saint of Sertão. Padre Cícero figures are everywhere!

Pitú is not bad, not bad at all in a mixed drink. Neither is 51. The price on these bottles is at the time about $2.25. What I consider the "good stuff" is seen here in those bottles inside a woven mat at right above center. The "gold" is sipping stuff. No mix, no ice, just neat. Outside Brasil I do not use "gold" for mixed drinks and even there "silver" is good enough.

Those of us outside the tropics know cashew nuts. Well, as much as I love those, these are to dream of! This is the dried fruit crystallized in Alagoa's abundant cane sugar. The fruits are so rich in vitamin C that they stain, permanently, anything the juice contacts. They are tart, with a taste I can compare with certain wild grapes, but amplified. The dried version are candied bits with that same striking taste. Why they are not as common on the market in temperate climes as the nuts I cannot fathom because they are wonderful. Oddly, even in Maceió I have to go to tourist spots to find these packages.


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