We left the Highlands and travelled to Macaw Lodge during day 9 of the trip. It was a long journey but broken up with a couple of stops as usual which allowed us to see some new birds enroute such as Red-headed Barbet and Roadside Hawk. We arrived at Macaw Lodge in the dark and the noise of the jungle at night was amazing.
Sounds in the Jungle
Red-headed Barbet & Silver-throated Tanager
Our next destination was the Savegre Valley in the Talamanca Mountain Range which is about 7000 feet above sea level and the home of the Resplendent Quetzal a bird that is the star turn for visitors. Unfortunately I did not manage to get a very good picture of the spectacular male, maybe a reason to come back again! We also visited The high Paramo which is the highest point of the Pan-American Highway at over 11000 feet above sea level, there were great views from here. We also had two visits to the excellent restaurant Paraiso Quetzal where the bird feeders attract a great variety of birds. We had also stopped on the journey to this destination at our guide Lalo’s boss’s house where we saw Buff-fronted Quail-Dove.
Resplendent Quetzal (female)
Resplendent Quetzal (male)
Whilst staying at Selva Verde we visited La Selva Biological Field Station. We had great views of Great Green Macaw here.
Great Green Macaw
Whilst staying at Selva Verde we went out on a trip to the Caribbean Foothills where we had an interesting walk down a valley to a river seeing many birds on the way. We then went to a cafe with bird feeders and a great view of the San Fernando Waterfall, there were great birds here including Emerald Toucanets, Prong-billed Barbets and Violet Sabrewing and Coppery-headed Emerald hummingbirds. We then visited stakeouts for Spectacled Owl and Great Potoo. Our last visit of the day was to someones house who had a small nature reserve in his garden where we saw Green Ibis, Gray-cowled Wood-rail and a Three-toed Sloth with a baby.
We spent part of our second day travelling to the Selva Verde Reserve in the Caribbean Lowlands. We saw a few birds on the way such as White Hawk, Black-faced Grosbeak and several species of hummingbirds on one of our stops on the way. We stayed at this reserve for four nights. The bird table at the reserve was always popular with birds and photographers. The Sarapiqui river was right next to the selva Verde Lodge and a variety of birds could be seen along it and from a boat trip down river.
Summer Tanager & Baltimore Oriole
Male and female Green Honeycreepers
Red Throated Ant-Tanager
A great trip to Costa Rica with my brother from 23/2/2019 – 10/3/2019. We were on a trip arranged by Motmot Travel. It was a small group tour with a guide and driver. Our first and last destination was the Bougainvillea Hotel which is about 20 minutes away from San Jose airport. We had a three hour delay at Gatwick and it took about 3 hours to get through customs in Costa Rica so it was dark when we arrived at the hotel. It would be the next morning before we could explore the fantastic garden at the hotel. Sunrise is about 5.30am and sunset at 5.30pm every day in Costa Rica as it is so close to the equator. We were up and drinking coffee at 5.15am awaiting sunrise – this was to be the same each day from now on – it may have seemed early to us but it is just the start of the day in Costa Rica. The garden has a nice selection of birds.