Sungrebe, sunbittern in Costa Rica

Northern rough-winged swallow, 16 March 2014

This photo shows a northern rough-winged swallow. In summer, it nests in North America. We saw it wintering along the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica.

16 March 2016. After the morning, the afternoon still near the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica.

A collared aracari on a branch not far away.

Mangrove swallow, river, 16 March 2014

An hour later, we go aboard a boat on the river. Mangrove swallows fly around us. Sometimes, they sit still on fallen trees in or near the river.

Along the banks, a green kingfisher; and a buff-rumped warbler. And a Louisiana waterthrush.

A bit after the northern rough-winged swallow, a great kiskadee, drinking from the river water.

Amazon kingfisher female, 16 March 2016

Then, an Amazon kingfisher, swallowing a fairly big fish.

Green basilisk, river bank, 16 March 2014

A green basilisk.

Great egret, 16 March 2014

A great egret.

Then, the southern relative of the northern rough-winged swallow.

Sack-winged bats, 16 March 2014

Sack-winged bats.

Black vultures, 16 March 2014

Black vultures.

Chestnut-mandibled toucans, 16 March 2016

Chestnut-mandibled toucans; Costa Rica’s biggest toucan species.

A bare-throated tiger heron flying.

A spotted sandpiper on a bank.

Also on a bank: two green iguanas.

Then, a special mammal: a nine-banded armadillo on a sandy bank.

Soon after it, a special bird: a sunbittern.

A semiplumbeous hawk.

Sungrebe, 16 March 2014

Then, again, a really special bird: a sungrebe.

Anhinga, 16 March 2016

An anhinga on a tree which had fallen into the water.

A rufous motmot on a tree on a bank.

A snowy egret flying across the river.

A little blue heron in shallow water near the bank.

As the boat lands, red-lored parrots in a tree.

On top of another tree, a bat falcon.

In the evening, a red-eyed tree frog.

We would see more frogs, and birds, next day. So, stay tuned!

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