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.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Arenal Hanging Bridges

After lunch we travelled to Arenal and its hanging bridges.
More birds including White collared swifts,Sulphur rumped flycatcher and 3 species of hummingbird.
Paul and Paolo on a hanging bridge,Paolo found a Pit Viper.
A couple of lifers were Crested Owl and Bicolored  hawk.
Finally along the road a Coatimundi heavily photographed.
A last look at the bridges before leaving.

La Fortuna and Eco centre at Danaus plus Arenal

Early morning at the San Bosco Inn a Roadside hawk showed well as Red fronted parrotlets flew over all before breakfast.
After breakfast we took the bus to Eco centre Danaus on arrival the feeding area produced a variety of birds and mammals.
The Golden headed Tanager was splendid along with confiding mannikins and Collared Aracari .
The Jesus Christ Lizard and Agouti also showed well before we walked the reserve.
Elias led the way,first up we found a female Green Frog and its spawn.
In the butterfly sanctuary blue morpho obliged and at the ponds breeding boat billed herons.
Good numbers of boat billed herons and below them the diminutive Caimans.
 A couple of bats proved difficult to see as we walked on.
Arrival back at the feeders proved exceptional for birds,close views of Aracari etc before leaving for lunch.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

La Baula to La Fortuna 10th March 2017

An early morning walk before breakfast produced performing mannakins and Spider and Howler monkeys.
A new species of woodpecker obliged for the trip,namely pale billed.
The pair above are Smoky Brown Woodpeckers,we left the dock it took one and a half hours to get back to the port.
Transferred our suitcases to the bus once more noting Variable and Thick billed Seedeaters.A stop for lunch with Red winged Blackbirds it was dark as we arrived in La Fortuna.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tortuguero part two

we left the dock around 1500 hrs noting Brown Pelican and Yellow crowned night heron, cruising the waterways we saw our first Osprey of the trip.
Lots of Howler monkeys this afternoon.
Violaceous or black headed Trogon gave excellent views high in the canopy.
Possibly Gartered ,but good views of Keel billed Toucan be it distant.
Now affectionately known as Kill Bill Toucan, finally juvenile Bare throated Tiger heron juveniles in nest as the afternoon safari ended.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tortuguero its channels and La Baula lodge

0600 hrs in the grounds of La Baula lodge noting Fruitcrow and hummingbirds. Aracaris and Toucan quite splendid birds.
All before breakfast then getting our permits for entry ,our first Bare throated Tiger Heron was posing for everybody.
Commoner species were Little blue heron,Northern Jacana,a superb Green Kingfisher also showed well as the swelter on the delta kicked in.
Not just birds a difficult to photograph River Otter skulked while feeding in the dense vegetation.
Above the Otter superb Howler monkeys their ochre stained bodys not taking fright of us tourists in long boats below them.
Spider monkeys also obliged,along with Caiman and Green Ibis,while photographing Red Crowned Mannakin Green Macaws flew over calling.
Performing turtles and snake like Anhingas in the sunshine made the morning a ornithological blur.

Thursday, 13 April 2017


Left the hotel paid the bar bill,it was a long drive to Cano Blanco on route we were vulture watching at Plana Vista where distant King Vulture obliged we think amongst Black and Turkey vultures.
As we boarded the boat at Cano Blanco mangrove swallows showed along with egrets and Anhingas.
We arrived around 1230 hrs as torrential rain came down.
We got our room then lunch we were entertained by Collared Aracari ,Blue Grey Tanagers and Black mandibled Toucan.
The rain kept coming we took the boat to the Turtle sanctuary and walked along the beach noting Whimbrel and Willet.
Strolling through Tortuguero village we saw a Grey necked Wood rail and Lineated Woodpecker.
love this loo in the town before spotting Montezumas Oropendola or revenge .