It's raining here in wet-and-clammy late spring Hong Kong, so what better time to air a few more shots from Costa Rica.
(Just when you thought it was all over !)
We got back to San Jose on February 17th, and Nigel Croft headed back to the UK the following day. Having splashed out on those trans-pacific air fares, though, we stayed on for a couple of weeks longer.
First stop, five nights at Rara Avis, which involved a 12 km horse ride and 3km trek in the forest next to Braulio Carrillo National Park…
Coati- (Nasua narica)
Most of the Coatis we saw were hanging around picnic areas, so it was nice to see one in a natural setting, albeit with sniffing range of the Rara Avis kitchen….
Atmospheric open-air dining area
And "Thanks !" to Jonathan at Rara Avis for showing us this on one of his Night Walks…..
Ghost Glass Frog - (Sachatamia ilex)
On from Rara Avis to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. We stayed at Hotel Gavilan, a pleasant hotel with a lot of birds in the grounds. Here are a few of them…
|Spectacled Owl - (Pulsatrix perspicillata)|
|Slaty-tailed Trogon - (Trogon massena)|
|White-collared Manakin - (Manacus candei)|
With digital, they sometimes say "If you can see it, you can shoot it…" well we could barely see this male Pauraque, calling from the stump of a fallen palm frond as night fell. But he was puffing out his white throat patches manfully….
|Common Pauraque - calling at dusk|
There were howler monkeys down by the Sarapiqui River, and sometimes in the trees near the hotel, too.
Mantled Howler Monkey (Female) - (Alouatta palliata)
Then we tore ourselves away and headed towards Costa Rica's border with Nicaragua, namely to
Here's a foretaste of that…
Gray-necked Wood Rail - (Aramides cajanea)
Ringed Kingfisher - (Ceryle torquatus)
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)
Caño Negro… home of the Caiman !