Back to San Jose Costa Rica 2019

Before we left Ensenada there was time for a walk down to the sea where we spotted a couple of Surfbirds

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We spent our last full day returning to San Jose but we did have time for a couple of stops on the way.

Black & White Owl

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Red-legged Honeycreeper

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Lesser Nighthawk

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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

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Barn Owl

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La Ensenada cont….

The tour group

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Roseate Spoonbill

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White-necked Puffbird

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Scrub Euphonia

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Southern Lapwing

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Wood Stork

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Double-striped Thick-knee

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Green-breasted Mango

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Brown Pelicans, Royal and Elegant Terns and Laughing Gulls.

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La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge – Northern Lowlands – Gulf of Nicoya

Our final destination was the La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge and my first impression was that it was the hottest place we had visited. Whilst here we had a boat trip out to the mangroves early in the morning where we saw Mangrove Hummingbird, Panama Flycatcher, Mangrove Warbler (Yellow Warbler), Boat-billed Heron and many other birds. We also had a tractor ride to the salt pans, a lake and hill with a great view over the area.

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Magnificent Frigatebird

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Pacific Screech-Owl

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Crested Caracara

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White-throated Magpie-Jay.    These birds would often join us in the lodge at meal times hoping for scraps

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Spot-breasted Oriole

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Streak-backed Oriole

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Streaked Flycatcher

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Eastern Meadowlark

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Black-headed Trogon

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Turquoise-browed Motmot

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Carara National Park

We stopped at Carara National Park for a few hours on our way to our final destination and saw quite a few new birds.

Scarlet Macaw

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Gray-headed Tanager

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Black-hooded Antshrike

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Turquoise-browed Motmot

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Gartered Trogon

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White-whiskered Puffbird

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Dot-winged Antwren (female)

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Crested Guan

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