Last full day. All the trips are in small boats among the mangroves. Tomorrow we travel back to San Jose.
We left Salva Verde after an early breakfast on the last leg of the trip.
We did have time for a few stops.
Tortuguero us reached by an hour long boat ride. Not sure who is photographing whom here.
The capuchins eat from trees overhanging the water. Precarious!
The best thing about the food in Costa Rica is the fruit.
The creepy crawlies are good too. These are millipedes.
The star birds today were probably Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Sunbittern. The latter is really hard to see so not the best photograph.
We have seen thousands of these as they are en route to the US and Canada.
The rooms here are in blocks of four. They are on stilts about 7ft up. The site is in the edge of the rainforest by a river.
Early morning at Arenal and the toucans showed well.
Arenal is in the rain forest. Guess what – it’s raining. We did some birding in the morning but after lunch the rain was torrential so we abandoned birding and it gave me the chance to catch up on a few things.
The hotel has feeders for the birds allowing some close views. This is a selection of these. We leave here tomorrow.
A morning’s birding at the salt pans. Very hot and stifling.
After that we travel on to the Arenal volcano.
In the hotel grounds before breakfast was a Turquoise-browed motmot.
These have sharp claws – as these people found out.
Believe it or not this is a bird.
There are lots of these but they are difficult to photograph
This might be the best view we get of Arenal volcano.
We leave today to go north to the hot dry area.
Before we go I get a photo of the star bird in the hotel grounds.
This is a great day for owls.
and best of all
In the afternoon we visit a wetland area. The star bird here is Jabiru. It towered over great egret.
It is really hot at our next stop.
We are down at the Pacific coast. It is hot and humid. This morning we walked in forest . Loads more birds and our first sloth.
When I got back to my room there were 2 1m lizards sat by my door. The top right hand corner of the picture is the door.
Over 120 species today.
Move to Pacific coast – birding as we go.
Some great birds and monkeys on the way. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is spectacular. Oops Fork-tailed Flycatcher. The monkey is on a rope bridge over a major road. They are put there by the government for wildlife.