Lizia was so kind to send me this beautiful photo of a great crested grebe with chicks; photo taken from the Houtrustbrug bridge in the Hague. On 19 July 2014, cloudy weather.
First, a black vulture flying overhead.
Then, much closer, a blue-crowned motmot. First, on the lawn just before our feet; then in a nearby bush.
Twenty minutes later, at 11:55, two motmots.
Hours later, at 16:43, a female Baltimore oriole.
A clay-coloured thrush washed itself in a birdbath.
Then, late in the afternoon, two special birds at another birdbath: white-eared ground sparrows. In Costa Rica, they live only in the Central Valley. Because of their skulking habits, and ‘best seen at near … dusk’, many people don’t see them there.
So, a fine end to our last full day in Costa Rica.
Stay tuned for the blog post on our last Costa Rican early morning, 31 March!
Still 30 March 2014, in the botanical garden of Heredia in Costa Rica. Not just birds in that garden; art as well. This art, based on the woodcut print Metamorphosis III by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, was in one of the garden buildings; a round gazebo.
In Escher’s work, reptile forms slowly morph into other forms.
And bees morph into other insects.
And birds into fish.
And birds into mammals.
Until we were back at the reptiles again.
This is a rufous-collared sparrow video. One of the bird species in Santo Domingo de Heredia in Costa Rica. An individual often sang, sitting on top of a bronze stork sculpture in the botanical garden. I fondly remember this species from Quito in Ecuador, a long time ago.
30 March 2014. After yesterday, our second full day in Santo Domingo de Heredia. And our last full day in Costa Rica.
A Montezuma oropendola feeding on a flower in a tree.
In the same tree, a Hoffmann’s woodpecker.
Male Baltimore orioles.
7:35: a white-winged dove.
Five minutes later: a summer tanager male.
There is a summer tanager female as well.
A blue-grey tanager builds its nest.
A buff-throated saltator sings.
An Inca dove.
10:38: a variegated squirrel feeding.
10:45 a female great-tailed grackle drinks at a bird bath.
A list of birds in this garden is here.
Stay tuned, as there will be more on birds and other subjects in Costa Rica on 30 March!
And these Bougainvillea flowers.
The garden is specialized in the original flora of the now densely populated Central Valley of Costa Rica, but there are also South American species. Like this Jabuticaba and its fruits.
There were orchids as well.
6:05 in the morning: a blue-grey tanager. They are building a nest here.
A great kiskadee in a tree.
This is a great kiskadee video.
Vaux’ swifts fly overhead.
A male Baltimore oriole in a tree.
A white-tailed kite flying.
A variegated squirrel jumps from one tree to another tree.
A blue-crowned motmot in a tree.
This is a video about a blue-crowned motmot; recorded in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Soon, two blue-crowned motmots in the tree.
Then, only one again.
An Inca dove on a roof.
A female summer tanager.
A male and a female orchard oriole.
The male sings.
A rufous-crowned sparrow sings from the top of a bronze stork sculpture.
8:52. It is a bit warmer now, which means better conditions for soaring birds. A black vulture circles overhead.
9:40. An orchid bee flying.
9:58. A zebra longwing butterfly.
11:02. A blue-crowned motmot again. It lands on a lawn, then flies back into a bush.
16:10. Dozens of Finsch’s parakeets, flying and calling.
White-eared ground sparrows. This is a rare and skulking species. In Costa Rica, it is endemic to the Central Valley.
17:30, half an hour before sunset: red-billed pigeons in a tree.
Before we had seen that warbler, at 5pm, we had seen crimson-fronted parakeets flying.
Ten minutes later, a singing clay-coloured thrush.
And a rufous-naped wren.
A variegated squirrel in a tree.
In ponds in the garden live two rare frog species.
Agalychnis annae, the blue-sided tree frog, used to be common in Costa Rica, the only country where it occurs. Now, it is threatened, living only at a few places in the densely populated Central Valley, like here.
This video is about blue-sided tree frogs in a terrarium.
Forrer’s grass frog is another species in this garden.
This is a fiery-throated hummingbird video.
Still 28 March 2014 in Costa Rica. After the hummingbirds of San Gerardo de Dota, we went to a bit lower part of the mountains.
At 10:30, we stopped at a place with many hummingbirds. Fiery-throated hummingbirds were the species most attracted to the feeders.
Other species: volcano hummingbird.
And magnificent hummingbird; both male and female.
And green violetear.
There was also a hairy woodpecker, feeding nestlings.
Sooty thrushes were present. We would not see them again, as they are birds of higher mountain levels.
Here, we also saw our only Costa Rican snake: a black-speckled palm-pitviper. A poisonous species, living only in the mountains of Costa Rica and Panama.
Nectar feeders and flowers attract hummingbirds; and a slaty flowerpiercer as well.
The hummingbird species include volcano hummingbird.
Sometimes, a female volcano hummingbird rested on a branch.
Or on a leaf.
White-throated mountaingems were present as well.
And a relatively big species: magnificent hummingbird.
Another Central American cool mountain forest species: yellowish flycatcher.
At 10:20, a swallow-tailed kite flies overhead.
We have to leave, to the Central Valley of Costa Rica.
A clay-coloured thrush sang as well.
A Wilson’s warbler in a bush.
A rufous-collared sparrow crosses the footpath.
In a tree, an emerald toucanet.
A bit further, a silver-throated tanager.
At 6:50 am, the male resplendent quetzal‘s tail sticks out of the nest. He switched nest duties with the female just 45 minutes ago, so he will stay there some time yet.
A black vulture flies overhead.
Black-faced solitaire sound.
This is a video of a black-faced solitaire singing.
At 7:37, as we might have expected, the male quetzal still in the nest with its tail sticking out.
As we watch the already mentioned hummingbirds feeding, another special bird: a long-tailed silky flycatcher.
It has a nest in a tree not far away.
A female green spiny lizard.