Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Costa Rica - Day 2 (Part 1)- March 17, 2013

On our first full day in Costa Rica we awoke one by one, some much earlier than others, but all before 7am. There was a loud scratching on the roof and in the gutters which we later realized was being made by the large Iguanas that are everywhere.  Since breakfast was included in the price of our cabin and was served buffet-style, we decided to hang around the lodge until after breakfast. The lodge grounds and especially the road on which the lodge was located proved to be great for some easy pre-breakfast birding. Some highlights included fly-by Scarlet Macaws and Zone-tailed Hawk, a beautiful Turquoise-browed Motmot, Gartered Trogon, Hoffman's Woodpecker, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Red-lored Parrot, Groove-billed Ani, Streaked Flycatcher, Gray-lined Hawk, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Ruddy Ground Dove, Inca Dove, Brown Jay, and all the Rufous-naped Wrens you ever wanted to lay eyes on. The White-face Capuchins also made a quick appearance in the trees.
Zone-tailed Hawk - can often be mistaken for Turkey Vultures

The friendly gutter Iguana

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Rufous-naped Wren
Streak-headed Woodcreeper
Stripe-headed Sparrow

View from Cerro Lodge road- Part of the Rio Tarcoles
Typical cattle pasture
Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw pair
Large moth at our porch light 

Great Kiskadee
Flowers that bloom like Poinsettas...the actual flowers come out of colored leaves
Gartered Trogon
Baby Iguana!
All this birding and photography made us very hungry so we headed off to breakfast. It was served buffet style and consisted of beans and rice, some sort of sliced meat, eggs, and all the fresh, ripe fruit you could stuff in your face. Watermelon was popular as was Papaya, Pineapple (my favorite), Cantaloupe and Bananas. Both coffee and tea were served along with delicious freshly made fruit juices and juice blends.

To be continued....

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