Costa Rica day 11

Last full day. All the trips are in small boats among the mangroves. Tomorrow we travel back to San Jose.

wpid-img_6242.jpgThis allows you to get really close to birds. This is a Sungrebe.

wpid-img_6032.jpgThis is an Agami heron. Even our local guide was amazed at the views we got.

wpid-img_6138.jpgMale anhinga have a blue eye.

wpid-img_6221.jpgAlways look up for Magnificent Frigatebird.

wpid-img_6085.jpgThese are Spectacled Caiman and Owl Butterfly.

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Costa Rica day 11

We left Salva Verde after an early breakfast on the last leg of the trip.

We did have time for a few stops.

2 toed sloth

2 toed sloth

Tortuguero us reached by an hour long boat ride. Not sure who is photographing whom here.

wpid-img_5878.jpgAlso stops for the wildlife

wpid-img_5881.jpgThe strip of land on which the hotel is built takes 3 mins to cross on foot. This is the Caribbean and a Whimbrel.

wpid-img_5902.jpgwpid-img_5894.jpgAfter lunch we went for a boat ride slong the river and creeks. It was great and the birds allowed the boat to get really close.

Green heron

Green heron

Osprey

Osprey

The capuchins eat from trees overhanging the water. Precarious!

 

wpid-img_5983.jpgMore boat trips tomorrow. No cars here at all.

Costa Rica day 10

The best thing about the food in Costa Rica is the fruit.

wpid-img_5652.jpgPineapple and mango never tasted so good.

The creepy crawlies are good too. These are millipedes.

wpid-img_5760.jpgwpid-img_5762.jpgUnfortunately, the click beetles that emit light continuously at night don’t lend themselves to photography.

The star birds today were probably Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Sunbittern. The latter is really hard to see so not the best photograph.

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We have seen thousands of these as they are en route to the US and Canada.

wpid-img_5748.jpgTomorrow we move on to our last stop. Tortuego is only accessible by boat. Should be interesting.

Costa Rica day 9

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.

wpid-img_5654.jpgBig bills to the fore today. Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

wpid-img_5706.jpgAnd Collared Aracari

wpid-img_5712.jpgThere is some very interesting non bird wildlife. Huge numbers of leaf cutter ants

wpid-img_5718.jpgPeccaries everywhere.

wpid-img_5682.jpgand Green and Black poison dart frogs

wpid-img_5657.jpgI couldn’t get a photo of the bullet ants which are 1.5 inches long and to be avoided.

Costa Rica day 8

Early morning at Arenal and the toucans showed well.

wpid-img_5503.jpgFinally the volcano cleared a bit and my room view was worth taking.

wpid-img_5521.jpgNice Black-cheeked Woodpecker on the feeders.

wpid-img_5542.jpg Blacked cowled Tanagers

wpid-img_5595.jpgand Golden hooded Tanager

wpid-img_5588.jpgNow we travel to Selva Verde rain forest on the Caribbean side.  At a stop on the way saw these Silver throated Tanagers.

wpid-img_5628.jpgWe arrive after dark. The lodge is built in the forest – you’ll see what I mean with the next post.

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica day 7

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.

Crested guan

Crested guan

Golden crowned Tanager

Golden crowned Tanager

Great currasow pair

Great currasow pair

Montezuma oropendola

Montezuma oropendola

Black cheeked woodpecker

Black cheeked woodpecker

Green honeyeater

Green honeyeater

Costa Rica day 6

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.

wpid-img_5369.jpgWe shared our breakfast terrace with these.

White tailed magpie jay

White tailed magpie jay

These have sharp claws – as these people found out.

Coatis

Coatis

Believe it or not this is a bird.

Great potoo

Great potoo

There are lots of these but they are difficult to photograph

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

This might be the best view we get of Arenal volcano.

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Costa Rica day 5

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.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

This is a great day for owls.

Pacific screech owl

Pacific screech owl

Ferruginous pygmy owl

Ferruginous pygmy owl

and best of all

Spectacled owl

Spectacled owl

 

In the afternoon we visit a wetland area. The star bird here is Jabiru. It towered over great egret.

Jabiru

Jabiru

It is really hot at our next stop.

Costa Rica day 4

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.

wpid-img_4940.jpgWhen we got back to the bus our driver had bought fresh pineapple and mango – delicious.

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.

wpid-img_4954.jpgBoat trip this pm.  Four kingfishers, lots of egrets and herons. The hawk was sat on a stump in the river.

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Black and white Owl

Black-crowned night heron

Black-crowned night heron

Juvenile Black Hawk

Juvenile Black Hawk

Over 120 species today.

 

Costa Rica day 3

Move to Pacific coast – birding as we go.

Stunning scenery.

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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.

wpid-img_4850.jpgwpid-img_4878.jpgwpid-img_4905.jpgwpid-img_4887.jpgWe are now at the coast and it is hot. Boat trip tomorrow.