Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Bailiff patrol Stockers November

Started at Stockers house noting a flock of Siskin buzzed by Sparrowhawk then walked canal side noting gulls and immature male goldeneye,  then Andy Longfellow in to old Esox.

The pike weighed about 9lb caught on dead bait 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Manuel Antonio final morning and leaving for San Jose

Got up early for a walk around 0700hrs,first up was a splendid Cherries Tanager
 Further on some Smooth billed Anis ,more Black Vultures obliged as did Yellow headed Caracara.
In a stream near the beach a single White Ibis showed well.
Also near the road a confiding Ferruginous Pygmy Owl posed for pictures.
At breakfast a Roadside Hawk was calling below the hotel,after lunch we left for San Jose.
Passing through Carara over the River Tarcoles and its Crocodiles a traffic jam ensued about 18km from San Jose. Over night at Villa Tournon the last bird of the trip was Plain Wren.

Manuel Antonio park

Woke up around 6am heard Black and white owl calling,we headed for the park entrance then down to the beach where Black Vultures showed well.
Also Spotted Sandpiper and Green Kingfisher, after breakfast a big queue obliged at 0900 HRS mostly Americans going swimming.
We noted Sloth and Lesser Nighthawk and small flocks of Orange chinned Parakeets.
Hoffman's Woodpecker and Black hooded Ant shrike were good finds.
Another Lifer was Cherrie's Tanager a smaller version of Passerinis, it became very hot so I returned to the hotel.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Carara National Refuge

Left Monteverde on route to Manuel Antonio we crossed the river just before Carara NP where crocodiles swam below us.
The River Tarcoles held many of these,we saw River Wren and Southern Lapwing here too.
We entered the park hearing our objective long before seeing it.
We also saw a splendid Trogon before a flock of Scarlett Macaws.

Monteverde Curi Cancha reserve

Once again in search of Resplendant Quetzal at Curi Cancha.
We searched this open valley and found 2 males and 1 female they performed admirably but a little elusive in the shade.
They were scared off by Crested Guans as the morning progressed.
Moving on through the forest we noted Motmots and Chestnut headed Oropendolas,a distant Swallow tailed Kite in flight.
We rested by a river getting a few bites,at the humming bird area more Agoutis before lunch at Stellars bakery.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


early morning walk produced blue crowned motmot and emerald toucanet all before breakfast.
We got the bus to Monteverde and went on the Sendero camino route our first bird was a Slaty backed or Black headed Nightingale Thrush.
Katherine found our first Resplendant Quetzal,the holy grail bird was quite splendid.
A superb passerine was the Slate collared Redstart as we made our way to the view point.
We also saw Black Guan  and another Coatimundi on route to the Hummingbird café.
At the Hummingbird café there was good numbers and varietys of the  aptly named café species.
One of my favourite hummers was this splendid bird pictured below.
The Violet Sabrewing,other birds also obliged at the feeders.
The Rufous tailed Jacamar amongst others incuding Collared Redstart.
Finally another Coatimundi before leaving for the Serpentarium.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Arenal National Park 12th March 2017

Got up around 0530hrs had breakfast ,then we were off to the National Park where on arrival we saw at least two yellow phase of eyelash viper.
We followed a path through the cane fields where Plain Chachalacha and White throated Jay obliged.
Further on a birders bird the Common Potoo showed well its cryptic reptilian plumage the master of camouflage.
We climbed to the Mirador overlooking Arenal Volcanoe,we could here Brown Jays calling.
On the return leg we noted Squirrel Cuckoo,more vipers and the lek of the White collared Mannikin.
After lunch a stop for a view produced a fine Armadillo,then Howler monkey and Crested Guan.
A long journey to Monte Verde arriving around 1830hrs, some luxury at last. Lovely Hotel bathroom view etc.