Thursday, 6 April 2017

CATIE Agricultural institute near Turrialba

For Anna and Joan It was raining at Hotel Wagelia prior to leaving,egg on toast for breakfast the intrepid Explorers were off to see CATIE.
Greeted by our guide he introduced us again to the ubiquitous Montezuma's Oropendolas.
We walked through the grounds birds,butterflies and flowers galore.
Lots of Northern Jacanas particularly on the lake,scanning the trees many
over wintering American warblers.
A Collared Aracari leaves its nest and amongst the flowers the nest of
the Rufous tailed Hummingbird.
Lunch was at the cafeteria followed by a walk around the vast lake.
Amongst the Jacanas superb Purple Gallinules had juveniles in attendace as I flushed a Jesus Christ Lizard in front of me.
Next up was a Caiman which posed at close quarters before disappearing.
I was after the rare Boat billed Heron which resides here amongst its commoner cousins,eventually we were rewarded.
Another circuit of the lake produced breeding Cattle Egrets and Great White also Green Heron.
Not many passerines here although Black Phoebe obliged probable migrant.
Numerous Anhingas here,we left to visit a Sugar cane area where a couple of unusual birds showed.
Red chested and winged Blackbirds,Eastern Meadowlark and a House Wren.

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