17 March 2014 in Costa Rica. We leave the area of the Sarapiqui river where we were in the morning, for the mountains. In the mountains, we saw this special bird: a great potoo, about which more soon.
Then, a sign along the road, saying: potoo. Great potoos are big nocturnal birds. Usually, during daytime, they rest in big trees, well camouflaged by their colour and shape. This great potoo here, however, rests on a leafless branch of a big solitary tree, unusually clearly visible.
The people of the house on the hill near the potoo tree welcome birdwatchers.
This is a video of a great potoo at night. This species does not only live in Central America, but also in South American countries like in Suriname.
Four brown-hooded parrots flying overhead.
A ruddy ground-dove sits nearby.
We continue to an area with many meadows. And with many red-winged blackbirds from North America, wintering here.
The red-winged blackbirds sit on grass stems, while singing.
They sit on wires, and on poles.
Barn swallows flying around.
A white-tailed kite hovering.
Three crimson-fronted parakeets flying.
We continue, higher and higher up the mountains.