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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