Costa Rica Birding South, Part 3


Our next destination was the Las Cruces Field Station/Wilson Botanical Garden. What a great place!

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Our room had a bird-watching balcony …

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and was named”Orchidae”, the latin name for orchids. And had an orchid by the door!

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The flowering shrub discussed before was planted along the walkway to the rooms, here attracting a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

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Kathy, at the Orchid Room

The Botanical Garden was a delight.

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Erich leads us through the Garden, with spotting scope on shoulder. iPad photo by Kathy Miller

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iPad photo by Kathy Miller

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iPad photo by Kathy Miller

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My version of the same tree and vine

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This, and two photos below: Heliconias

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Kathy. Seen above and beyond is the deck that held a fruit feeder and otherwise provided  a great vantage point.

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Agouti

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Bamboo

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Bananas

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Palm fruit. iPad photo by Kathy Miller.

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Bougainvillea

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Giant fern

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Kathy’s iPad version of same

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Forest, seen from the observation tower

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Same as above. iPad photo by Kathy Miller

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In the Garden. iPad photo by Kathy Miller

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Fragrant flower on a tree that leaned up against the dining hall porch

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Steve Miller. iPad photo by Kathy Miller

But what about the birds!?! A fruit feeder on the deck of the dining hall building attracted many birds.

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Bananaquit in bottlebrush tree

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Blue-crowned Motmot

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Blue-crowned Motmot

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Thick-billed Euphonia (front) and Blue-gray Tanager

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Blue-gray Tanager

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Buff-throated Saltator, in the rain

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Female Cherrie’s Tanager (front) and Blue-gray Tanager

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Cherrie’s Tanager

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Erich Guzman, in front of the feeder

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Female Green Honeycreeper

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Same as above

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Male Green Honeycreeper

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Same as above

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Same as above

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Golden-hooded Tanager

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Same as above

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Roadside Hawk

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Same as above

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Rufous-tailed Hummingbird in bottlebrush tree

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Silver-throated Tanager

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Speckled Tanager

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Streaked Saltator

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Thick-billed Euphonia

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White-crested Coquette Hummingbird (digiscope photo by Kathy Miller and Erich Guzman)

A side trip took a surprising turn. As we drove past a small farm, Erich saw the farmer cutting sugar cane and told Ricardo to pull over. The farmer had a sugar cane press right there, and we were treated to freshly-pressed sugar cane juice!

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The hand-made press

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Farmer and son cut and press cane

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The juice pours out and is filtered

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And we are served. Left to right: Carrie, Bill, Alice, Kathy, Pam, Cecilia and Rhonda. Not shown: Mary, Erich and Ricardo. The juice was delicious.

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Ricardo. The sugar cane is seen behind.

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I noticed the gentleman’s boats and we began to talk about where he went fishing. He then produced this photo of a huge snook, that he caught in the Rio Terraba.

Erich then asked him about getting access to a nearby pond. It turned out that his family owned a lot of property in the vicinity, which included the pond. We drove to their property, and then were led to the pond.

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But we didn’t see many waterbirds there

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Back-lit lizard on the far side of a leaf. Photo idea thanks to Bill.

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Beehive Ginger

More birds:

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Crested Guan

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Same as above

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Palm Tanager

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Collared Trogon

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Golden-olive Woodpecker

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Fiery-billed Aracari

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Same as above

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Crested Caracara, at perhaps a quarter-mile away

Map: CR#2

After two nights at the Las Cruces Field Station, we started our return to the north, and to the highest altitudes found in Costa Rica.

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and author. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1 I have also published five additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id1244922282?mt=11 2. Coyote Buttes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201?mt=11 3. Four Cornered, the Land https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899?mt=11 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568?mt=11 5. Rio Marañon https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rio-marañon/id1415174046?mt=11
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