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.
Following three photos are of the Blue Dacnis.
Following two photos are of the Chestnut-sided Warbler
The town of Dominical was just across the river from the refuge.
The mouth of the Rio Baru, at Dominical
We were greeted to the Esquinas rainforest by a sighting of a toucan (Black-mandibled toucan).
Toucan (Black-mandibled toucan)
We saw many more toucans thereafter
The lodge was gorgeous!
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.
Male and female curassows
This blue-flowered shrub is porterweed, and a favorite of hummingbirds, We saw it at various venues. Charming Hummingbird.
Butterfly at same shrub
The following four photos are of the Charming Hummingbird.
There was a caiman in the pond
Same as above
Golden-hooded Tanager eating palm fruits
The Gray-necked Wood-Rail was seen all over the grounds
Green Kingfisher at the pond
The following three photos are of heliconias.
Lotus, in the pond adjacent to the lodge
Band-tailed Barbthroat Hummingbird
Crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird
Same as above
A dip in the the pool was very welcome
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!
The elegant Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Stripe-throated Hermit Hummingbird
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: