ROCK VIEW AREA
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ABOUT THE BIRDING
Rock View Lodge offers welcome comfort and relaxation as well as excellent hospitality and food. It is arguably the finest lodge in the interior of Guyana and is owned and operated by Colin Edwards, a prominent resident who settled in Guyana many years ago. There is some birding on the premises, where Buff-necked Ibis and Burnished-Buff Tanager are reliably seen. Several hummingbirds come to the feeders, including Blue-chinned Sapphire, Blue-tailed Emerald, and White-tailed Goldenthroat.
The lodge is located in a natural savanna, making roadside birding for savanna birds very worthwhile. Some excellent birding can be found between Rock View Lodge and Ginep Landing. Venezuelan Troupial has been seen fairly recently there, the infrequently seen Toco Toucan is regularly found in that area, and a variety of seedeaters are regularly found along the road. A marshy area along the road north from the lodge is a good place to find Cinnamon Attila. It's also a good area for Guianan Warbling Antbird. Various other birds are often seen as well, including Aplomado Falcon, Little Chachalaca, Red-and-green Macaw, Guianan Puffbird, Green-tailed Jacamar, and White-throated Toucan.
A notable though steep trail near the lodge known as Panorama Trail leads to a good vantage point above the savanna on a hillock. Several woodland birds can be found along the trail including Green-tailed Jacamar and Variegated Flycatcher.
LOCATION OF SITE
Rock View Lodge is located in central Guyana near the Amerindian village of Annai about 30 minutes south of Iwokrama Forest Reserve by the main road. It can be reached overland, but most visitors arrive by regularly scheduled flights on Trans Guyana Airlines that land at the landing strip adjacent to the lodge. The other method of arrival is by land from Ginep Landing for those transferring by river from Karanambu.