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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Macaw Lodge – Costa Rica 2019

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

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Green-crowned Brilliant

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Slate-throated Redstart

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Roadside Hawk

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Muscovy Duck

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White-crested Coquette

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King Vulture

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Charming Hummingbird

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Baird’s Trogon

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The Highlands – Costa Rica 2019 cont…

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Volcano Junco

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Black-cheeked Warbler

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Mountain Thrush

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Sooty-capped Chlorospingus

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Resplendent Quetzal

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Black Guan

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Large-footed Finch

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Bronzed Cowbird

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Sooty Thrush

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White-throated Mountain-gem

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Swallow-tailed Kites

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The Highlands – Costa Rica 2019

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)

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Resplendent Quetzal (male)

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Quetzal mania!

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Buff-fronted Quail-Dove

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Flame-coloured Tanager

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Fiery-throated Hummingbird

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Volcano Hummingbird

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Hairy Woodpecker

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Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher

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Collared Redstart

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Slaty Flowerpiercer

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Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush

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Yellow-bellied Siskin

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Yellow-faced Grassquit

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Caribbean Foothills

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.

Violet Sabrewing

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Prong-billed Barbet

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Emerald Toucanet

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Spectacled Owl

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Grey-cowled Wood-rail

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Green Ibis

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Great Potoo

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Fasciated Tiger-Heron

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Selva Verde Reserve – Caribbean Lowlands

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.

Black-faced Grosbeak

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Groove-billed Ani

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Streak-headed Woodcreeper

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Barred Antshrike

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Summer Tanager & Baltimore Oriole

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Green Honeycreeper

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Male and female Green Honeycreepers

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Wood Thrush

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Black-cowled Oriole

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Crimson-collared Tanager

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Red Throated Ant-Tanager

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Rufous Motmot

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Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

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Blue-black Grosbeak

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Costa Rica 2019

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.

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Lesson’s Motmot

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Blue-grey Tanager

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White-eared Ground-sparrow

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Inca Dove

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White-winged Dove

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Hoffman’s Woodpecker

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