Turrialba, where we spent the first two weeks at "Spanish by the River", an excellent language school.
Overlooking the Central Valley, where most of the people in Costa Rica live, from the satellite community of Alajuela.
Hoffman's Woodpecker (F) - Alajuela
Our driver Hernan took us on a scenic route to Turrialba from Alajuela.
Breakfast at the Spanish School
Our outdoor classroom.
Wildlife visible from our classroom.
Photographing birds from the deck between class sessions.
After class, it's time to go birding.
Part of Turriaba from above.
Looking down on the outskirts of Turrialba
Active Volcano Turrialba, photo taken from the school with a long lens.
Groove-billed Ani taking a shower.
A picnic in the rain.
Passerini's Tanager (F)
Very noisy Chachalacas.
A pair of Aracaris were building a nest at the school.
Marketplace in Turrialba.
Banana plant of some kind (there are many kinds)
Photographing a Green Heron (on the far left, just beyond the grass) on a birding excursion to a tropical plant research center.
The Green Heron photo that resulted (see previous photo)
A juvenile Northern Jacana walking on lilly pads. It's all in the feet.
A juvenile Northern Jacana spreads its wings, showing off the translucent yellow panels.
Cattle egret in breeding plumage.
Great-tailed Grackle showing off for a nearby female.
Primary rain forest on the CATIE Research center grounds.
Adult Northern Jacana
A rare indoor class session due to torrential rain outside. Eli corrects my composition.
Lynn doing homework. A typical weekday saw us in class for 4 hrs, birding or to town for groceries and chores for 4 hrs, and studying independently for 4 hrs. We slept the rest. Tough job, someone's gotta do it . . .
Leaving the school after our classes ended.
Crossing el Rio Reventazon on the way to Kiri Lodge
Kiri Lodge, near Tapanti National Park. Highly recommended.
A very wet Montezuma Oropendola
We spent most of our 7 days here on the spacious patio/dining area, keeping out of the rain and watching for passing birds.
At our cabina at Kiri Lodge.
Black Guan in Tapanti NP.
A Green-crowned Brilliant taking a shower.
Violet Sabrewing on a Heliconia flower.
This is Laura. She took care of us for 7 days. Just possibly the nicest person in Costa Rica.
Getting into the limo to head up to our next destination, a private plantation called "Finca Oro".
The rear deck at Finca Oro, where we spent a lot of time watching it rain.
Trying to hike and bird in the rain.
All the moisture produces some amazing flowers.
Mario, the manager of the Finca, who served as host, chauffeur, and cook. Me on the right.
Mario in the kitchen.
A moth about the size of a Boeing 747. Well, OK, a 737.
The one sunny day we had at Finca Oro. Volcan Turrialba in the distance.
"God rays" coming through primary rain forest.
A female Green-crowned Brilliant.
Coppery-headed Emerald, a Costa Rica endemic.
Green Hermit, F
White-winged Tanager, another new life bird.
Grasshoppers have some of the best adaptive coloration because they are such targets for birds. They are a continuing experiment in evolution. (If you don't believe in evolution, you're probably wrong about a lot of things.)
Stay tuned . . . .