I’m in recovery. 2 weeks in Costa Rica was sensory overload… especially when it comes to bird life. I spent time all over the country… while the primary goal of the trip wasn’t to see a lot of birds, I still saw a lot of birds. With each post, I suppose I am in danger of transforming from an accidental birder to an intentional one.
I saw 77 new species of birds on the trip, and got photos of all but 4 of them (I also picked-up some good photos of 9 species I’d already seen). Many of the photos are only good enough for ID purposes, but there are a few really good ones mixed in there. I’ll be adding posts to this blog when I get the time… so expect to see new birds popping-up here on a regular basis. I haven’t yet decided just how crummy a photo has to be before I won’t even post it. I guess we’ll see where that line is drawn…
Anyway, here is the list:
Then there are the 4 birds I had a good positive ID, but no photo. This blog is mostly about the bird photos, so there won’t be entries for these birds yet (until some day when I go get a photo of them). So, I wrote a few words about these sightings below.
|Black and White Warbler||Saw one in the Monteverde area right near my car as I was getting into it. It was there one moment in a tree 10 ft from me, gone the next, but absolutely unmistakable|
|Swallow-tailed Kite||One of these was getting harassed by a couple smaller birds over an open meadow in the Osa Peninsula. Not sure what the smaller birds were.|
|Lesser Nighthawk||The driver of our car spotted one of these in the middle of the day, just sitting on the lower branch of a tree… the camoflauge was incredible – you could barely see the bird, even right next to it. I have no idea how Dennis (the driver) saw this bird, but it was pretty cool. I’m just sorry I didn’t insist on getting my camera out until later in the trip.|
|Gray-necked Wood-Rail||These are really loud birds, making an incredible ruckus in the pre-dawn hours near Cahuita. They stayed well-hidden for the most part, but one of them ran across the road just for a second in the dim light.|
Well, that’s it for now… Check back soon for some new birds…