Saturday, April 19, 2014

The dry forest, Guazimo Road

Two things:  I probably have the name of this road spelled incorrectly and now we are really down to our final birding.  This is my final Costa Rica trip blog entry. 

There was one stop which offered different habitat between Punta Leona and our return to San Jose which Vernon called the "dry forest." The road was in poor condition and the van travelled slowly revealing the driest vegetation that we had seen the whole trip.

While trying to find a sheltered spot alone, if you know what I mean, I found these three horses finding relief from the hot sun in the shade of the trees.  

The lump in the tree above is a sleeping Howler Monkey.  I was surprised that they would be in this kind of habitat.

Before I could catch up with the others, I had to stop for this little guy. His parents' truck had broken down and his dad and older brother were trying to fix it.  His mom was sitting in the grass at the edge of the road watching the repairs.

I started this blog entry on March 31st with the thought that it would be my last Costa Rica trip report and as of today, April 19th, still had not completed it.  I was driving home from shopping this afternoon and listening to This American Life on the radio and got the reboot I needed to complete it. The program today was a repeat from March 1st, 2013 titled No Coincidence, No Story!  I heard the original broadcast and laughed then just as I did again this afternoon.  If you have an extra hour to listen, I recommend it.  Toward the end, listeners are asked to think about coincidences that have occurred in their own lives. I love coincidences and know I have experienced some, but the only one I could recall at the moment was this little boy.

Here were are on this terrible road - with great birds, for sure - and it felt like in the middle of nowhere in Costa Rica - which it was not because Costa Rica is not that big - and I come across this little boy wearing a Detroit Pistons T-shirt.  Okay, so my story would not have made the cut for This American Life, but at the time I enjoyed the coincidence.

Hummingbird - but which I can't say now!

Grazing cow.

The photos above and below were taken through the van window. Above Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina).

Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus).  The others we saw were on the river bank and here they are again in completely different habitat.

Above and below White-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa).

My photos don't show it - but the Magpie Jay is truly spectacular.

Above and below Black-headed Trogan (Trogan melanocephalus)

Finally, some decent photos of Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus). The photo above may be one of my best of the trip.  Shows a little action for a change.

The photos above and below reveal such a stately and dramatic bird with its upright posture and bright lemon breast.

This might be a Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia rutila). With such a poor photo it's hard to tell now so long after taking it.  But, I recall thinking that it was quite spectacular and trying for this photo.

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