Friday, February 27, 2015

Driving to Tapanti in the Rain

Upon our arrival at Hotel Tapanti Media Lodge, a Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) in a tree was found on a walk around the hotel grounds.   We saw a few other birds, but it was still raining and gray and our walk was short.  

The hotel's Imperial cerveza sign with a colorful neighborhood in the background hints at the area's hillyness. 

Above and below, Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similes) photos taken from the open van window.  I love these lemon-yellow breasted flycatchers.

When the bird turned to reveal it's beautiful yellow breast, with twigs in front, alas the photo is out-of-focus.  C'est la vie. We were driving through a coffee plantation and that's a coffee tree with coffee beans the bird is perched in.

I am not saying it's a great photo, but I am proud of my Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris).  Sometimes the challenges of getting a shot make me fonder of the outcome.

This raging river is likely all the more so because the rain of the day before and throughout the night added to it.  It certainly reveals the low clouds and gray weather.

Silhouetted Northern Rough-winged Swallows (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) included here because one is singing.   Lyle also found a few Southern Rough-wing (S. ruficollis) a couple of times.

The big messy nest of Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma). 

We saw many oropendolas in the middle elevation places we visited. More photos later, but here you can see the flight style of a Montezuma o. and the yellow outer tail feathers.

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