Birding in Northern Costa Rica, Part 3


From Caño Negro, we returned south, to the the crossroads at Muelle, and then turned west. We climbed to La Fortuna,  where we had lunch, and then circled around the north side of Arenal volcano, to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, which sits just south of the volcano. The volcano is no longer active, but the La Fortuna area is a tourist hub, and very busy.

On the way:

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Laughing falcon, by Tom Petersen

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Stopping to shop. That’s me (Steve) in the pink shirt, by Tom Petersen

At the hotel:

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By Tom Petersen

 

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Arenal Volcano. Cloud cover never allowed a glimpse of the summit of Arenal Volcano while we were there.

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Cloud forest (in the clouds)

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Clouds obscure the view of Arenal Lake

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Arenal Lake is a large reservoir

The hotel was surrounded by cloud forest and beautiful grounds. An elaborate fruit feeder was positioned a few yards from the viewing deck of the hotel, but there were no hummingbird feeders.

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Collared aracaris at the fruit feeder

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Montezuma oropendola

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same as above

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Brown jay

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same as above

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Crested guan

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same as above

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Curassow, female

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Golden-olive woodpecker

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Red-legged honeycreeper, on ginger flower

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Red-legged honeycreeper

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Scarlet-rumped tanager on heliconia

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same as above

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Eyelash viper, on signpost

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Emerald tanager

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Golden-hooded and emerald tanagers

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Golden-hooded tanager

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same as above

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Black-striped sparrow

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Bananaquit, on porterweed

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Beehive ginger

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Laurie Petersen, on bridge connecting the lodge to additional grounds and pool, by Tom Petersen

We also visited a nearby “skywalk”, which consisted of a trail system connected by bridges that spanned a number of ravines.

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Cali uses his laser to pinpoint the location of a bird, by Tom Petersen

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Unknown plant

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Seed pod

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Philodendron

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Unknown plant or ?

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Broad-billed motmot, from bridge

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Cecropia, from bridge

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Limb

We also encountered one or more groups of White-faced capuchin monkeys, who broke off branches and tossed them down in our direction, as they are known to do.

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White-faced capuchin monkey

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same as above

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same as above

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Rufous-tailed hummingbird on porterweed, by Tom Petersen

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Eyelash viper (dark morph), by Tom Petersen

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Fasciated tiger-heron

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Here is the link to Part 4: https://believesteve.org/?p=16538

 

 

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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3 Responses to Birding in Northern Costa Rica, Part 3

  1. tom petersen says:

    Great job Steve

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