Our second week right here in Costa Rica has definitely seen an incredible improve in the quantity of rain. After leaving the Cano Negro space, we arrive at our subsequent cease, Bijagua. We’ve a room in a fantastic location, very close to to the Helconia Rainforest Sky-bridges. We’ve acquired one full day right here, very similar to most of our journey has been deliberate. We will probably be right here for 2 nights, with the day of our first night time being principally used up with journey from our final location. Then we’ve the subsequent full day. After the second night time we now have a brief following morning earlier than getting on the street once more to the subsequent location. Once we do that once more, we’ll ensure that to have three nights that means there’s two full days to discover. On the primary day, we will get an space found out, or spend it with a information. The second day might be spent following up on what was missed the day gone by. Then we’ll nonetheless have that brief morning earlier than touring. It’s a “hind sight being 20-20” type of factor.
Anyway, it’s what it’s and we’re decided to make one of the best of it. After checking in to our Air BnB, we drive as much as the sky-bridges to get a really feel for the place, and discover out what time we will get in the subsequent morning. We go to with the pleasant woman behind the desk, get the costs, and occasions, (eight:00 – four:00, and $12.00 per individual) and head again outdoors to go searching the world. We’re wanting up in the sky, making an attempt to determine the small group of swifts which are circling over head, once we are joined by a younger man together with his digital camera and tripod. We strike up a dialog, and discover out that his identify is Abner, and he simply so occurs to be the son of the proprietor, and could be very in birds. He shortly begins pointing our totally different species which are throughout us, with distinctive and apparent information. With no faculty the subsequent day, we inquire as to his curiosity in displaying us across the following morning. He was very happy to take action, and can meet us there earlier than eight:00 the subsequent morning. The home we have been staying in was surrounded by Howler Monkeys all night time, who actually work as a terrific 5:30 alarm, if that occurs to be the time you need to rise up! So, it was fairly straightforward to have a pleasant breakfast, offered by our host, and nonetheless make the 15 minute drive to the lodge by 7:30. As we began the climb up the hill, it started to rain, and never simply your misty, drizzly type of precipitation. No, this was pounding, how briskly can your windshield wipers go, clear out the storm drains kind of rain. We shortly bumped into the lodge, and commenced our wait to see if it will let up. four hours later, we took it as a very dangerous signal when the locals are outdoors taking footage of the rain, and commenting that that they had by no means seen it rain like that earlier than. On my Face E-book web page, I made the remark that we could be ready for Noah to return by, slightly than attending to see some birds. Lastly at about 2:30 we packed it in, and headed again down the mountain.
We have been capable of get in about 2 hours with Abner the subsequent day, earlier than heading off to the southern finish of Costa Rica. It was an awesome, chook packed two hours, which actually made me lengthy for that additional “make up” day. A few of the highlights of that morning embrace the Purple-billed Pigeon, Brown Jays, White-throated Magpie-jay, Lengthy-tailed Manakin, Black-throated Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Masked Tityra, Noticed Woodcreeper, White-breasted Wooden-wren, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Yellowish Flycatcher, Purple-backed Quail-dove, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Coppery-headed Emerald, Tody Motmot, Noticed Antbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, and Nightingale Wren.
These swifts we have been making an attempt to determine turned out to be White-collared Swifts.
Right here is a type of Coppery-headed Emeralds.
A few of you may keep in mind again simply earlier than we had left Mexico, we had a go to from a Black-throated Magpie-Jay. That story is right here. On our final day in Bijagua, we obtained to see a small group of White-throated Magpie-jays.
Our subsequent cease this week was in the Tarcoles space, down alongside the Pacific Shoreline. This space very a lot, jogs my memory of my previous Mexico stomping grounds with its tidal flats, and mangroves. Attending to see Brown Pelican and Magnificent Frigates circling over head was a really acquainted sight again on the Baja. A fast reminder that this was Costa Rica got here once we obtained to our lodge, and located it was very a lot buried deep in a coastal type of jungle. This space is understood to birders for the Carara Nationwide Park, so it was our first cease after checking in. right here once more, we needed the pertinent info. We had not pre-arranged any type of guiding in this space, and came upon that there have been a number of obtainable that each one present up on the entrance. We confirmed up early and visited with one of many first guys there, who turned out to be wonderful for what we would have liked. Franklin Javier Sanchez Reyes satisfied us that whereas that park is excellent, that it was additionally restricted to a sure group of birds, lots of which I already had situated. After evaluating notes, and chook want lists, we determined to go outdoors that park and monitor down a number of birds that I wanted. That’s precisely what we did, regardless of some fairly tough terrain. We first made a cease by his home to get some rubber boots, as we have been headed for the mangrove swamps whereas the tide was out. Within the 75-80 levels F and what appeared like 95% humidity. Strolling through these swamps is simply extremely arduous work, however we obtained some good birds for our effort. We discovered Ochraceous Pewees, Barred Antshrikes, Prothonotary Warblers, Tennessee Warblers, the diminutive Olivaceous Piculet, Rufous and White Wren, Black-headed Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Scarlet Macaws, Mangrove Vireos, Northern Water-thrush, and a roosting Lesser Nighthawk simply to call a couple of.
Here’s a shot of one of many Barred Ant-shrikes.
We ran throughout this Widespread Again Hawk proper alongside the mangrove swamp.
This lovely Black-headed Trogon was fairly pleased to take a seat and be photographed.
After hours of tromping through the muck of a mangrove swamp, we discovered this Gartered Trogon on the wire proper above the automotive.
Whereas this can be a not an amazing photograph, this Olivaceous Piculet is just about 10 CM. It isn’t the smallest woodpecker in the world, that honor goes to the Barred Piculet, at 8CM, however this one is fairly darn shut.
The subsequent morning was our journey day, however we spent a few hours with Franklin once more, monitoring down a Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Striped-headed Sparrows, a pair of Bat Falcons, Laughing falcons, Dusky-caped Flycatchers, Panama Flycatcher, Striped Cuckoo, Rufous-napped Wrens, and a hen that was excessive on my goal listing, the Double-striped Thick-knee.
This Ferruginous Pygmy-owl picture was taken at 5:30 AM, and with no flash!! For these of you that marvel about this stuff, the EXIF knowledge on this shot is as follows: F14, 1/eighth of a second, ISO 12,800, at 500MM, on a Manfrotto 055 carbon fiber tripod, and a Wimberley Gimbal.
Right here is among the Laughing Falcons.
This Roseate Spoonbill was actually giving the feminine what for, nevertheless it makes for a enjoyable picture.
Right here is one among a pair of Striped Cuckoos that we discovered.
We truly discovered fairly a couple of of the Stripe-headed Sparrows, however principally they have been very early, when there was not a lot mild.
We labored very arduous to seek out this Double-striped Thick-knee, however once we did discover nit, there have been 5 all collectively.
Our final cease for this week can be our farthest south, in Rio Claro, and the Golfito space. Whereas we have been in a fantastic Air BnB, which was owned by some superior fowl lovers, I personally had not accomplished sufficient analysis on the world. As soon as we arrived, we have been capable of monitor down a information who was to take us to the Golfito space the subsequent morning. To be utterly truthful, this was a final minute association, from a “friend of a friend” however the day was virtually a complete loss. He turned out to be a cruise ship information, not a real fowl information, so our necessities of him dramatically outweighed his talents. We did handle to seek out a couple of birds, however by no means obtained to see the Golfito space as I reduce him unfastened at lunch time. On our morning hike, I did discover a White-necked Puffbird, Bi-colored Antbird, Riverside Wrens, White Hawk, Black-hooded Ant-shrike, a pair of Bananaquits nesting, Grey-capped Flycatcher, and a White-shouldered Tanager.
I had been advised a number of occasions, it doesn’t matter what, don’t contact any of the caterpillars, and the extra colourful they’re the extra toxic they’re. I assume this White-necked Puffbird didn’t get the memo.
Jeanne and I made a cease for lunch at a roadside restaurant that was purported to have a pleasant water space in the again with some birds. It turned out to be one of many highlights of our day. We had a pleasant lunch, and explored the world behind the power. We got here up with a pleasant listing of birds, amd listed here are a number of of the highlights. Japanese Meadowlark, Ring Kingfisher, Naked-throated Tiger-heron, Inexperienced Heron, Tropical Mockingbird, Northern Jacana, Black-bellied Whistling Geese, Yellow-green Vireo, Thick-billed Euphonia, Roadside Hawk, Yellow-headed Caracara, Purple Gallinule, Tropical Kingbird, Grey-cowled Wooden-rail, and Pale-vented Pigeons.
This Purple Gallinule was actually displaying off that lengthy set of legs, resting on the banana leaf.
My first ever Tropical Mockingbird proved a bit shy, however I managed to get this shot simply earlier than we left.
There was a reasonably good inhabitants of Yellow-headed Caracara’s in this space.
This pair of Black-bellied Whistling Geese hung round simply lengthy sufficient for a fast photograph earlier than heading out shortly.
Along with this space, our hosts had put collectively fairly a feast for the hen’s proper outdoors out casita door. Palm Tanagers, Scarlet-rumped Tanagers, Summer time Tanagers, Gold-hooded Tanagers, Blue-gray Tanagers, Charming Hummingbirds, Inexperienced Honeycreepers, Fiery-billed Aracari, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Classes Motmot, Streaked Saltator, Buff-throated Saltator, Baltimore Oriole, and one other go to from the Olivaceous Piculet.
In one other of my favourite photographs of the journey, this Lesson’s Motmot was hanging across the yard in search of some papaya.
These Gold-hooded Tanagers are simply pretty.
I had seen a number of feminine Inexperienced Honeycreepers, however there was a bunch of the males hanging across the feeders in the again yard.
We obtained a number of visits from the Fiery-billed Aracari’s whereas we have been there.
One other common customer to the feeders was this Yellow-crowned Euphonia.
Now that we’ve wrapped up week two, our numbers have achieved some fairly good climbing. Even with what I contemplate to be two utterly misplaced days, the numbers are as follows:
Little Big Yr species – 1141
eBird submissions – 347
Costa Rica species – 273
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