Saturday, February 15, 2014

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge

Watching the Olympics and having a Costa Rica blogathon from my couch.  USA 2, Russia 2 - round six of shootout.  Crazy game: Detroit Redwings star, Pavel Datsyuk, has scored all of Russia's goals.

Day number four and our first in the rainforest.  Such a long day of birding, so many good birds, so many photos.  This will be a two entry blog day.

An unidentified lizard.

Alfaro's Pygmy Squirrel (Microsciurus alfari)

For such a common bird in this locality, I never did get a good photo of the Cherrie's Tanager (Ramphocelus  costaricensis).  This is just one of many attempts.  

It rained both nights at Esquinas.  The mornings were foggy and the air full of moisture.  These two teed-up Tropical Kingbirds struck the morning mood.

What's it like having breakfast with bats still flying through the open air dining room?  Kind of cool.  Then they tucked away on the restaurant walls for their daytime sleep.

Buff-rumped Warbler (Myiothlypis fulvicauda) working the lodge grounds. 

White-crowned Parrot (Pionus senilis) perched at high altitude.

Female Cherrie's Tanager* working a piece of fruit.

*Another correction from Matt, (see comments below); the above bird is not as I have it identified.  It is a female Spot-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia imitans).  Now that Matt points it out, I can see my identification mistake.  As with the Mountain Robin identification error in my Las Roblas trail blog entry, this again reveals the perils of working too hard for the photo before actually seeing and identifying the bird.   This is partially because of the kind of camera I use.  When the opportunity for a photo presents itself, I must work quickly. Birds flit and fly.  With a much fast shutter speed, photographing with a DSLR may allow the birder to do both, observe and photograph, the bird.  I recall a comment I made to Lathe as we walked away from the Torrent Tyrannulet and knowing my photos of that bird were not good. Since I began taking photos and keeping this blog, my birding skills have slipped.  As with Mountain Robin, I didn't even have Spot-crowned Euphonia on my list of seen birds.     

Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii).  We saw these birds a few times and later I'll have another photo.  We also learned how to pronounce Aracari correctly.  

Above and below, Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus). Photos speak for themselves.  We saw, and heard, these magnificent birds a few times, but this was absolutely my best look and photo op.

Baby Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctuate) chasing after its mother.

Variable Seedeater (Sporophila americana).

White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae).

Caiman with baby on its back.  No need to write more.  That jaw and those teeth say it all.

USA wins on shootout goals by T.J. Oshie from Minnesota.

Olympic USA and Russia hockey and Costa Rica birding blogathon, both, to be continued ...

1 comment:

Matt said...


Love the bat pics, gonna download them for sure.

You had tanagers on the mind! the songbird feeding upside down on the flower bud is a female Spot-crowned Euphonia