Costa Rica Trip January 2020, Chapter 5.

Birds! This is why we went. Almost all of these were taken at the resort and private reserve of La Foresta in Quepos, CR. We found out from a guide at the Manuel Antonio National Park that in January on the Pacific coast, many of the birds move up into the higher elevations to escape the heat of their summer. But, we were happy with what we captured. Let the parade begin.

Golden-hooded Tanager
Scarlet-rumped Tanager, male
Rufous Mourner
Crimson-fronted Parakeet
Lesson’s Motmot
Tropical Parula
Scarlet-rumped Tanager, female
Great Kiskadee
Prothonotary Warbler
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Fiery-billed Aracari

On our first afternoon in Costa Rica, we arrived at the resort tired and hungry. It was about 4:00 pm, and we didn’t have much time to look for birds. It was tempting to go sit in the bar and have a cool drink, but we decided to grab our cameras and go for a walk. Within 30 minutes we spotted both the Aracari and the Toucan, and never again the rest of the trip. It would have been a shame to miss these shots.

Black-mandibled Toucan

If you think I have incorrectly ID’d a bird, please send me a note. The only one I could not find was the large black fork-tailed bird we saw flying over the ocean. You would think that would be an easy one.

Published by Larry Maras

Nature Photographer in Summerville, SC.

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