Costa Rica Birding South, Part 2


On the morning of Day #3 we drove south from the Villa Lapas along the central Pacific Coast, heading for our next birding venue – the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge. On the way, we made a birding and lunch stop at the Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge.

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Small creek

Following three photos are of the Blue Dacnis.

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Cherrie’s Tanager

Following two photos are of the Chestnut-sided Warbler

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Gray Hawk

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Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

The town of Dominical was just across the river from the refuge.

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The mouth of the Rio Baru, at Dominical

We were greeted to the Esquinas rainforest by a sighting of a toucan (Black-mandibled toucan).

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Toucan (Black-mandibled toucan)

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We saw many more toucans thereafter

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The lodge was gorgeous!

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View from our room. The Esquinas rainforest altitude is close to sea level.

The next morning we were greeted by the curassows, who own the grounds. The black bird is the male.

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Male and female curassows

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Female curassow

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This blue-flowered shrub is a favorite of hummingbirds, and we saw it at various venues. Charming Hummingbird.

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Butterfly at same shrub

The following four photos are of the Charming Hummingbird.

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There was a caiman in the pond

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Ginger family

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Same as above

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Golden-hooded Tanager eating palm fruits

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The Gray-necked Wood-Rail was seen all over the grounds

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Green Kingfisher at the pond

The following three photos are of heliconias.

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Lotus, in the pond adjacent to the lodge

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Mealy parrot

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Common orchid

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Palm fruit

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Yellow-olive Flycatcher

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Band-tailed Barbthroat Hummingbird

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Crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird

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Same as above

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A dip in the the pool was very welcome

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Alice

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Basilisk lizard

We also did some side trips, one of which was a blistering death march, to see birds in the nearby pastures. Gotta get those lifers!

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Dickcissel

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The elegant Fork-tailed Flycatcher

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Lineated Woodpecker

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Red-crowned Woodpecker

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Smooth-billed Ani

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Southern Lapwing

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Streak-headed Woodcreeper

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Stripe-throated Hermit Hummingbird

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Pearl Kite

After two nights at this beautiful lodge we left for the higher altitudes, which began with a steep 3000′ climb to the plateau where we would find the Las Cruces Field Station/Wilson Botanical Gardens. See map: CR#2

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