Monday, 11 November 2013

Costa Rica - Last Instalment

So the final bit...

We did two river trips whilst at Tilajari, the first was rafting on our local river, where we had another great sighting not a bird this time but a River Otter
We did see some great birds though: (and frogs and bats!)
Bare-throated Tiger heron

Tropical Peewee

Black Vulture

Green Kingfisher

Blue Jean Poison Dart Frog

Mangrove Swallows

Turkey Vulture

Green Basilisk

Long Nose Bat


Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret
One more river trip, this time up by the border with Nicaragua, this too was brilliant, boat trips are just the best way to see wildlife! Again we had some really special sightings on this trip, starting with this Northeren Jacana:

Green Heron

Ringed Kingfisher

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks


The ever present Mangrove Swallow


Green Kingfisher

Howler (Female)

Masked Tityra

The very special Common Potoo (Nothing Common about that!)

Neotropic Cormorant

Rufous Nightjar
So that's it for the blog, many more photos on Flickr
I would recommend Costa Rica to anyone, this trip gave us the best of everything, Culture, People, Birds and other Wildlife. A truly brilliant destination. Would we go back, yes, but just to many other places to visit, where next, who knows! But something might happen in January....................

Our Complete bird list for the trip:
Amazon Kingfisher  ("Chloroceryle amazona")
American Redstart  ("Setophaga ruticilla")
American White Ibis  ("Eudocimus albus")
Anhinga  ("Anhinga anhinga")
Baltimore Oriole  ("Icterus galbula")
Bananaquit  ("Coereba flaveola")
Banded Wren  ("Thryophilus pleurostictus")
Bare-throated Tiger Heron  ("Tigrisoma mexicanum")
Barred Hawk  ("Leucopternis princeps")
Black Vulture  ("Coragyps atratus")
Black-and-white Warbler  ("Mniotilta varia")
Black-bellied Whistling Duck  ("Dendrocygna autumnalis")
Black-capped Flycatcher  ("Empidonax atriceps")
Black-cheeked Woodpecker  ("Melanerpes pucherani")
Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher  ("Todirostrum nigriceps")
Black-hooded Antshrike  ("Thamnophilus bridgesi")
Black-necked Stilt  ("Himantopus mexicanus")
Blue-and-white Swallow  ("notiochelidon cyanoleuca")
Blue-grey Tanager  ("Thraupis episcopus")
Boat-billed Heron  ("Cochlearius cochlearius")
Broad-billed Motmot  ("Electron platyrhynchum")
Broad-winged Hawk  ("Buteo platypterus")
Bronzed Cowbird  ("Molothrus aeneus")
Brown Jay  ("Psilorhinus morio")
Brown Pelican  ("Pelecanus occidentalis")
Brown-capped Tyrannulet  ("Ornithion brunneicapillus")
Buff-rumped Warbler  ("Myiothlypis fulvicauda")
Buff-throated Saltator  ("Saltator maximus")
Cattle Egret  ("Bubulcus ibis")
Cerulean Warbler  ("Setophaga cerulea")
Chestnut-backed Antbird  ("Myrmeciza exsul")
Chestnut-sided Warbler  ("Setophaga pensylvanica")
Clay-colored Thrush  ("Turdus grayi")
Collared Aracari  ("Pteroglossus torquatus")
Common Black Hawk  ("Buteogallus anthracinus")
Common Black Hawk (subtilis)  ("Buteogallus anthracinus subtilis")
Common Ground Dove  ("Columbina passerina")
Common Potoo  ("Nyctibius griseus")
Common Tody-Flycatcher  ("Todirostrum cinereum")
Crested Guan  ("Penelope purpurascens")
Crested Owl  ("Lophostrix cristata")
Eastern Wood Pewee  ("Contopus virens")
Fasciated Tiger Heron  ("Tigrisoma fasciatum")
Fiery-billed Aracari  ("Pteroglossus frantzii")
Fiery-throated Hummingbird  ("Panterpe insignis")
Finsch's Parakeet  ("Aratinga finschi")
Golden-crowned Spadebill  ("Platyrinchus coronatus")
Golden-hooded Tanager  ("Tangara larvata")
Golden-winged Warbler  ("Vermivora chrysoptera")
Great Antshrike  ("Taraba major")
Great Blue Heron  ("Ardea herodias")
Great Kiskadee  ("Pitangus sulphuratus")
Great Potoo  ("Nyctibius grandis")
Great White Egret  ("Ardea alba")
Great-tailed Grackle  ("Quiscalus mexicanus")
Green Honeycreeper  ("Chlorophanes spiza")
Green Kingfisher  ("Chloroceryle americana")
Green-backed Heron  ("Butorides virescens")
Grey Hawk  ("Buteo nitidus")
Grey-breasted Martin  ("Progne chalybea")
Grey-capped Flycatcher  ("Myiozetetes granadensis")
Greyish Saltator  ("Saltator coerulescens")
Groove-billed Ani  ("Crotophaga sulcirostris")
Harris's Hawk ("Parabuteo unicinctus")
Hoffmann's Woodpecker  ("Melanerpes hoffmannii")
House Sparrow  ("Passer domesticus")
House Wren  ("Troglodytes aedon")
Inca Dove  ("Columbina inca")
Keel-billed Toucan  ("Ramphastos sulfuratus")
Limpkin  ("Aramus guarauna")
Lineated Woodpecker  ("Dryocopus lineatus")
Little Blue Heron  ("Egretta caerulea")
Louisiana Waterthrush  ("Parkesia motacilla")
Magnificent Frigatebird  ("Fregata magnificens")
Mangrove Swallow  ("Tachycineta albilinea")
Masked Tityra  ("Tityra semifasciata")
Montezuma Oropendola  ("Psarocolius montezuma")
Mourning Warbler  ("Geothlypis philadelphia")
Neotropic Cormorant  ("Phalacrocorax brasilianus")
Night-heron  ("Nycticorax nycticorax")
Northern Barred Woodcreeper  ("Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae")
Northern Crested Caracara  ("Caracara cheriway")
Northern Jacana  ("Jacana spinosa")
Northern Waterthrush  ("Parkesia noveboracensis")
Olive-throated Parakeet  ("Aratinga nana")
Orange-chinned Parakeet  ("Brotogeris jugularis")
Orchard Oriole  ("Icterus spurius")
Osprey  ("Pandion haliaetus")
Pale-vented Thrush  ("Turdus obsoletus")
Palm Tanager  ("Thraupis palmarum")
Passerini's Tanager  ("Ramphocelus passerinii")
Plain-brown Woodcreeper  ("Dendrocincla fuliginosa")
Prothonotary Warbler  ("Protonotaria citrea")
Red-crowned Woodpecker  ("Melanerpes rubricapillus")
Red-legged Honeycreeper  ("Cyanerpes cyaneus")
Red-winged Blackbird  ("Agelaius phoeniceus")
Ringed Kingfisher  ("Megaceryle torquata")
Riverside Wren  ("Cantorchilus semibadius")
Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon  ("Columba livia")
Rose-throated Becard  ("Pachyramphus aglaiae")
Ruddy Ground Dove  ("Columbina talpacoti")
Rufescent Tiger Heron  ("Tigrisoma lineatum")
Rufous Nightjar  ("antrostomus rufus")
Rufous-collared Sparrow  ("Zonotrichia capensis")
Rufous-naped Wren  ("Campylorhynchus rufinucha")
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  ("Amazilia tzacatl")
Rufous-tailed Jacamar  ("Galbula ruficauda")
Scarlet Macaw  ("Ara macao")
Semipalmated Plover  ("Charadrius semipalmatus")
Sharp-shinned Hawk  ("Accipiter striatus")
Short-billed Dowitcher  ("Limnodromus griseus")
Short-tailed Hawk  ("Buteo brachyurus")
Snowy Egret  ("Egretta thula")
Social Flycatcher  ("Myiozetetes similis")
Southern Rough-winged Swallow  ("Stelgidopteryx ruficollis")
Spotted Sandpiper  ("Actitis macularius")
Squirrel Cuckoo  ("Piaya cayana")
Streak-headed Woodcreeper  ("Lepidocolaptes souleyetii")
Stripe-headed Sparrow  ("Peucaea ruficauda")
Summer Tanager  ("Piranga rubra")
Sungrebe  ("Heliornis fulica")
Swallow  ("Hirundo rustica")
Thick-billed Seed Finch  ("Oryzoborus funereus")
Double-toothed Kite    ("Harpagus bidentatus")
Tree Swallow  ("Tachycineta bicolor")
Tricolored Heron  ("Egretta tricolor")
Tropical Kingbird  ("Tyrannus melancholicus")
Tropical Parula  ("Setophaga pitiayumi")
Tropical Pewee  ("Contopus cinereus")
Turkey Vulture  ("Cathartes aura")
Turquoise-browed Motmot  ("Eumomota superciliosa")
Variable Seedeater  ("Sporophila corvina")
Violet-crowned Woodnymph  ("Thalurania colombica")
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper  ("Glyphorynchus spirurus")
Western Sandpiper  ("Calidris mauri")
Whimbrel  ("Numenius phaeopus")
White-shouldered Tanager  ("Tachyphonus luctuosus")
White-tailed Kite  ("Elanus leucurus")
White-throated Magpie-Jay  ("Calocitta formosa")
White-tipped Dove  ("Leptotila verreauxi")
White-winged Dove  ("Zenaida asiatica")
Willet  ("Tringa semipalmata")
Wood Stork  ("Mycteria americana")
Yellow Warbler  ("Setophaga petechia")
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  ("Empidonax flaviventris")
Yellow-crowned Night Heron  ("Nyctanassa violacea")
Yellow-headed Caracara  ("Milvago chimachima")
Yellowish Flycatcher  ("Empidonax flavescens")
Yellow-olive Flatbill  ("Tolmomyias sulphurescens")
Yellow-throated Euphonia  ("Euphonia hirundinacea")
Yellow-throated Warbler  ("Setophaga dominica")
Zone-tailed Hawk ("Buteo Albonotatus")

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