Tearing ourselves away from Monteverde and the cool mountain air, we headed south towards Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.
To Cerro Lodge, to be precise, handily placed for boat trips to view waterbirds, and Carara National Park.
|Mouth of Tarcoles River
But before heading out there always seemed to be one or two fine birds to be seen around the hotel cabins and the restaurant…
The National Bird of Nicaragua, no less !
Also present in modest numbers, but due to their size, very noticeable: -
|Yellow/Mangrove Warbler - two names, take your pick
From Plate 26 of "Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Rollers" (Helm,1992), our third bird out of four: -
|American Pygmy Kingfisher
And that's about it for two weeks in Costa Rica.
Plenty of colourful birds, nice people, and cold beer. Just about my ideal birding destination.