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.
We were greeted to the Esquinas rainforest by a sighting of a toucan (Black-mandibled toucan).
The next morning we were greeted by the curassows, who own the grounds. The black bird is the male.
The following four photos are of the Charming Hummingbird.
The following three photos are of heliconias.
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!
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: