The Dota Valley.
Our accomodations at Savegre Lodge
The dining room.
On the grounds.
Entrance to the Lodge.
Flame-colored Tanager (M)
White-throated Mountain-gem (M)
Slaty Flowerpiercer (F)
Hummingbirds come in from the front of the flower, but the Flowerpiercers drill into the base to get the nectar.
Another flowerpiercer caught in the act.
Yellow-bellied Siskin (F)
The main attraction in the Dota Valley is the Resplendent Quetzal. This is the male in the process of creating a nest hole (enlarging an old woodpecker hole)
A perched Resplendent Quetzal
Shaking off the sawdust from nest construction.
On one of the rain forest trails, of which there are many km.
A cool lizard practicing balancing things on its nose.
With Paul & Cathy, whom we met on the trip. They came from Dominical to join us here.
Roger Tory Peterson called this "The most beautiful bird in the Western Hemisphere." He didn't realize he was creating a tourist industry in the process.
The female Resplendent Quetzal.
Waiting for something to fly by.
A boy fishing, Savegre River
Black-cheeked Warbler (J)
Magnificent Hummingbird (M)
Hen-and-chicks on the Lodge grounds on a huge scale - this clump was waist-height.
Our car parked at a trail head
Female Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher in the rain.
Our next destination, almost to Panama
HQ, Wilson Botanical Gardens / Organization for Tropical Studies
The dining balcony. We were the only guests for 4 of our 6 days here.
In the gardens
Heliconia (type unknown to me)
Thick-billed Euphonia (M)
Thick-billed Euphonia (J)
Hiking the trails. There were more trails than we could walk in a week.
Violet-crowned Woodnymph (M)
I have no idea what is going on here - perhaps the frog in the rear is injured, and the other is giving it a ride.
The underside of the famous Blue Morpho butterly. One only sees the blue when it flies.
Another awesome Strangler Fig. This is a parasitic plant that begins life on the limb of a tree, then grows in both directions until it overwhelms the host tree (which dies)
Looking up from the base, you can see the hollow space where the host tree used to be.
A nice spot on one of the trails at Las Cruces.
Jane, amidst some of the vines that Tarzan uses to swing through the jungle.
White-throated Thrush, a close relative of the American Robin.
Crimson-fronted Parakeets. These gathered in big flocks to roost every evening, setting up a cacaphony of screeching.
Blackburnian Warbler, a boreal winter migrant. This bird will be in New England in the boreal summer.
Bananaquit, a resident bird and nectar eater.
Eastern Wood-Pewee, another seasonal migrant from North America.
Taking bird photos from the deck of our room.
Our final destination, on the hot and humid coast.
A great little hotel near Carara NP and right on the beach.
Looking from our room out to the street.
This man brought his two cows down the beach every evening to drink at a fresh water inflow.
One of the main reasons we went to Carara was to see the Scarlet Macaw, one of the most spectacular birds in the Americas. It only lives in a few isolated locales now.
First morning in Carara NP, a Great Tinamou on the forest floor. These are elusive, skulking birds, and a photo opportunity is a bit of luck. It was still almost totally dark, so this is with flash.
Along a stream in Carara.
Chestnut-backed Antbird (M)
Dot-winged Antwren (M)
Paul and Cathy joined us at Carara, making 4 separate destinations in Costa Rica where we enjoyed their company. Here we toast seeing 13 pairs of Scarlet Macaws from our hotel roof patio.
A fringed lizard on the banks of the Savegre River.
Ox-carts are still used in CR. This wasn't a tourist setup, he was on the main street of town.
Fiery-billed Aricari, an exciting find.
BIG iguanas are common at Carara
An Orange-collared Manakin at a "Lek", where many males compete for the favors of any female that might deign to show up. They put on an amazing show.
Royal Flycatcher, a very rare bird. We got lucky.
Sunset from the Hotel Carara
Beach scene, Hotel Carara
Now we are back in San Jose, ready to fly home. View from restaurant of our hotel.
If you made it this far, I salute your patience.