Birding in Northern Costa Rica, Part 2


Caño Negro, Days 3 & 4

We left Selva Verde on the morning of Day 3, headed north to Refugio Caño Negro, which  is located close to the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Caño Negro more or less translates as “black creek”, and is a wetland that contains rivers and lakes (lagunas), and is part of the Caribbean lowlands. We made a stop at a restaurant located at the crossroads of Muelle San Carlos, which restaurant advertises itself as an iguana reserve. Upon our arrival, the management brought out an array of fruits and vegetables, which immediately attracted a crowd of iguanas.

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A good-looking lizard!

We made a few more roadside stops as birds were sighted, along with a boa that was displayed to us. The dirt road that led to the Refugio had lots of birds.

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White-tailed kite

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Southern lapwing

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Northern jacana

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Boa

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Bare-throated tiger heron

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Double-striped thick-knee

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Roadside hawk

At the lodge and town area.

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Caño Negro Natural Lodge sign, by Tom Petersen

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Hot lips

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Orange-chinned parakeet, by Tom Petersen

 

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Variable seedeater

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Lineated woodpecker

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Laguna

The following day, we took two boat rides, first going down the nearby river, and then up, which gave access to various riverine habitats. Also, to my surprise, I saw a large tarpon roll in front of the boat.

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Observation tower

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Evening, on the large laguna

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Bat falcon

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Great blue heron

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Gray-headed kite, about a quarter-mile distant

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Roadside hawk

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Howler monkeys

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Howler monkeys

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Green kingfisher, on sign warning of crocodiles

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Green kingfisher

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Local angler, with rainbow bass

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Laughing falcon

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Prothonotary warbler

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Anhinga

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Our main guide, Roger

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Snail kite

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White-tailed kite

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Roadside hawk

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Restaurant, at the town square

And I had some precious moments with a flock of Olive-throated parakeets that were eating palm fruits on the grounds of the lodge.

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Olive-throated parakeets

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Olive-throated parakeet

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Olive-throated parakeets

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Olive-throated parakeets

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Olive-throated parakeet tears palm seeds apart

We left Caño Negro on the morning of Day 5, heading to the Arenal volcano area. As we started out, we saw this heron, sitting on a gate.

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Bare-throated tiger heron

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Here is the link to Part 3: https://believesteve.org/?p=16422

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. 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://books.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447 I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id12449222822. 2. Coyote Buttes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201 3. Four Cornered, the Land: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 5. Rio Marañon: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 6. Rio Grande: https://books.apple.com/us/book/rio-grande-new-mexico/id1469126321
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5 Responses to Birding in Northern Costa Rica, Part 2

  1. Thomas A Petersen says:

    another great set

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  2. Sara Sealander says:

    Great way to start my day–drinking coffee and reliving the trip via your beautiful photos. Thank you!

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  3. heatherleslie9hotmailcom says:

    Hi Steve and Tom: awesome pics. I like the way you have recounted our trip.

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