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.


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.


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.


Costa Rica day 2

Spent in the hills around our hotel and at a nearby site. Weather cold first thing but pleasant.

Lots of hummingbirds.  You could spend all day watching the feeders. The hummingbird nest from yesterday was occupied – mum and baby.


The star bird is the Resplendent Quetzal.  Great birds but hard to photograph.

wpid-img_4685.jpgThe Collared Redstart is very attractive.

wpid-img_4793.jpgOther wildlife is available.


Costa Rica day 1

We arrived safely on Sunday night and were in the hotel garden at 6 am today.

wpid-img_4514.jpgClay-coloured Robin is the National bird of Costa Rica.  Not an exciting bird.

wpid-img_4512.jpgAfter breakfast we headed south to the cloud forest 3500 m up.

Fantastic scenery

wpid-img_4524.jpgAt the lodge where we are staying there are lots of hummingbird feeders and dozens of hummingbirds.

wpid-img_4565.jpgwpid-img_4590.jpgThis hummingbird nest is no more than 3-4 cm across.  You can just make out the baby bird.

wpid-img_4605.jpgOn or afternoon walk we came across this Emerald Toucanet.  We saw many birds – too many to mention here.wpid-img_4628.jpg



Dungeness 26th January 2013

Trying out the new camera.

Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Goldeneye drake, Gadwall – asleep, Marsh Harrier @ 300m!