Arenal bird list
|Waterfall near the lodge|
|Arenal Reservoir from the observation deck|
|Coatimundi were easily seen on the grounds|
|Central American Spider Monkey|
|Male Great Currasow|
|Female Great Currasow|
|A night outing produced a Black-and-White Owl|
|And a Kinkajou|
Bogarin bird list
A stop along the way at Rio Fortuna Waterfall for a chance at Lanceolated Monklet didn't produce that bird, but a consolation White-whiskered Puffbird did put in an appearance.
|La Fortuna Waterfall|
The tropical lowlands extend for miles at close to sea level from the base of the mountains to the coast. La Selva is an important research station adjacent to Central Volcanic Conservation Area and Braulio Carrillo National Park in this area. Susan reached 3000 world life birds here with a beautiful Snowy Cotinga. Yipee!
La Selva bird list
|Birding the trails at La Selva|
|A river runs through it|
|Male White-whiskered Puffbird|
|Endangered Great Green Macaw|
|Great Green Macaw|
|We finally picked up a few Nicaraguan Seed-Finches here|
A quick stop at the El Tapir Reserve on the way back into the mountains netted a Black-crested Coquette, among other hummers.
El Tapir bird list
|Mountain view from the lodge|
|And the sunset was amazing|
|Female White-throated Mountain-gem|
Even though we've been birding hard from dawn to dusk for two weeks, we were up for a night excursion to see one of the toughest owls there is - the Unspotted Saw-Whet. We were out until 1:30 am after a semi-successful outing where we heard three saw-whets and saw a pair of Bare-shanked Screech-Owls.
We awoke bleary-eyed the next morning, and before leaving the central highlands we made one more stop at the high point of the Inter-American Highway - Cerro de la Muerte - at 11,400 feet elevation. Here the target was Volcano Junco, only found in this high altitude Paramo habitat.
Cerro de la Muerte bird list