Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bird Watching in Costa Rica

Friend, Vicki, and I braving the thorns to catch a closer glimpse of the boat billed heron.
I am the first to admit that I am not an avid or knowledgeable bird watcher, but in Costa Rica I became much more interested with a skilled tutor, Jorge.  Jorge grew up with both his grandfather and his father working at CATIE, the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center in Turrialba.  Instead of going into botonanical studies, he became a river guide and made his living that way until he suffered a shoulder injury.  Now he conducts other adventure tours with both his own adventure tour company and as a sub contractor for Costa Rica Rios in and around Turrialba with a special emphasis on CATIE and the Pre-Colombian archeological site at Guayamo.  Like many Costa Ricans, he is extremely concerned and learned about environmental issues.  Because of living so close to nature, Jorge loves all plants and creatures and can answer almost any question you might have.


This post is for my cousins, Barbara and Diane and friend from high school, Mary, who really do know their birds and travel all over the world to see them.  Here is a list of what Vickie and I saw in about two hours and some very poor shots I managed:

Rufus Motmot

Baltimore Oriole (yes they really do fly south for the winter!)
Wedge billed woodcreeper
clay colored robin (the National bird of Costa Rica)
Cattle Egret

Boat billed Heron

Black-crowned night Heron
Green Heron
Golden -hooded tanager
Boat billed fly catcher
Northern Jacanda
Zoomed in a bit too much, but isn't this rather like Monet's Water Lilies?

Purple Gallinulas

Montezuma Oro Pendula
Montezuma Oro Pendula going for a banana in a feeder.
Black-banded wren
Summer tanager
Road side Hawk
Great Kiskade
Yellow-bellied Elania
Variable seedeater
Yellow warbler
Palm tanager
Common tody-Flycatcher

Keel-billed toucan
great tailed-Grackle
Socit Flycatcher
Crimson fronted Parakeet

blue gray tanager
black vulture
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
House wren
tropical Kingbird
Slary-tailed trogan
Collared Aracari

buff-throated saltator
spot-crowned eufonia

If I continue to enjoy birding, I will need to get a camera with a faster shutter, and a much bigger zoom lens.  Some photography lessons might help as well.  Now if only the birds would stay still long enough for me to get the shot! Mostly I caught only a blurred image as they took off.

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