Costa Rica chlorophonia and other cloud forest wildlife

Costa Rica cloud forest and epiphytes, 18 March 2014

18 March 2014 near Bosque de Paz, Costa Rica. After the birds and moths of yesterday, to the cloud forest. Many bromeliads and other epiphytes on the trees, as the photos show.

Costa Rica cloud forest, and epiphytes, 18 March 2014

Costa Rica cloud forest, 18 March 2014

In the early morning, a clay-coloured thrush sang.

A black guan in a tree.

Many hummingbirds again.

A sulphur-bellied flycatcher.

A golden-browed chlorophonia.

A red-tailed squirrel.

A ruddy-capped nightingale-thrush crossing a forest path.

An eye-ringed flatbill on a branch.

Slate-throated redstart, 18 March 2014

A slate-throated redstart; singing.

Mantled howler monkeys call.

Another black guan in a tree.

A broad-winged hawk in another tree.

A great black hawk flying.

Torrent tyrannulet, 18 March 2014

8:50: a torrent tyrranulet near the stream.

A boat-billed flycatcher in a tree.

Costa Rica cloud forest flowers and golden-browed chlorophonia, 18 March 2014

A beautiful golden-browed chlorophonia again.

Golden-browed chlorophonia, 18 March 2014

Caterpillar, 18 March 2014

A caterpillar.

Butterfly, Costa Rica, 18 March 2013

Will it become this butterfly? Or another butterfly, or a moth?

Spot-crowned woodcreeper, 18 March 2014

A spot-crowned woodcreeper climbs a tree.

A prong-billed barbet on a branch.

A common bush-tanager. A tropical parula.

A golden-winged warbler.

Yellow-thighed finches, 18 March 2014

Yellow-thighed finches in a tree.

Spangle-cheeked tanager, 18 March 2014

A spangled-cheeked tanager. A species living in mountainous areas of Costa Rica and Panama only.

11:35: we are back. A Central American agouti across the stream.

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More Costa Rican birds, and moths

Black phoebe, 17 March 2014

Still, 17 March 2014 near Bosque del Paz in Costa Rica. Not only hummingbirds, but also other birds, like this black phoebe.

They behave somewhat dipper-like on rocks in mountain streams. But they are an American flycatcher species, unrelated to dippers.

A golden-browed chlorophonia.

On the other side of the stream, a chestnut-capped brushfinch.

Black guan, 17 March 2014

In a big tree, a big bird, living only in Costa Rica and Panama: a black guan.

Rufous-collared sparrow, 17 March 2014

In a smaller tree, a much smaller bird with a much bigger geographical range: a rufous-collared sparrow.

A collared trogon.

Moth, 17 March 2014

Then, time to switch from telephoto lens to macro lens. From birds to moths which had gathered on the building.

Moth, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

There are thousands of Costa Rican moth species, and I am far from an expert in these species. So, I know there were various moth species, but not which species.

Moth, in Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

Hawk moth, 17 March 2014

The largest specimens belonged to the hawk moth family.

Hawk moth with two smaller moths, 17 March 2014

Finally, a Central American agouti with a baby on the other river bank.

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Costa Rica mountain hummingbirds

This video from Costa Rica is called Juan Castro Blanco National Park. It gives an idea of especially the plant life of the mountainous area around Bosque de Paz where we arrived in the afternoon of 17 March 2014, after the great potoo and red-winged blackbirds of earlier that day.

Feeders around Bosque de Paz attracted many hummingbirds.

Violet sabrewing male, 17 March 2014

These included violet sabrewings; like the male on the photo.

Green-crowned brilliant male, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

And green-crowned brilliants. The photo shows a male.

Green-crowned brilliant female, in Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

And this photo shows a female.

Green hermit female, 17 March 2014

And green hermits. On the photos, females.

Green hermit female, on 17 March 2014

Green hermit female, Costa Rica, on 17 March 2014

And purple-throated mountain gems. This species lives only in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

And stripe-tailed hummingbirds.

Scintillant hummingbird male, 17 March 2014

A male scintillant hummingbird on a branch. One of the smallest hummingbird species.

Magnificent hummingbird female, 17 March 2014

This photo shows a female magnificent hummingbird.

A list of Bosque de Paz bird species is here.

More Bosque de Paz birdlife and other wildlife to come on this blog. Stay tuned!

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Great potoo and red-winged blackbirds in Costa Rica

Great potoo, 17 March 2014

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.

From the bus: a grey-breasted martin and a tropical kingbird on a wire.

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.

Great potoo, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

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.

There are also golden-hooded tanagers in the great potoo tree. And a clay-coloured thrush.

Four brown-hooded parrots flying overhead.

Ruddy ground-dove, 17 March 2014

A ruddy ground-dove sits nearby.

Red-winged blackbird on grass, 17 March 2014

We continue to an area with many meadows. And with many red-winged blackbirds from North America, wintering here.

Red-winged blackbird, 17 March 2014

They sit on grass stems, while singing.

Red-winged blackbird on pole, 17 March 2014

They sit on wires, and on poles.

Red-winged blackbird still on pole, 17 March 2014

Barn swallows flying around.

A white-tailed kite hovering.

Three crimson-fronted parakeets flying.

We continue, higher and higher up the mountains.

Stay tuned!

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Hummingbirds, flowers and iguana in Costa Rica

Montezuma's oropendola male, 17 March 2014

Still the morning of 17 March 2014 near the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica. After the earlier Montezuma’s oropendola’s, we see this bird species again. Doing gymnastics on a branch again.

Stripe-throated hermit, 17 March 2014

A stripe-throated hermit hummingbird. Some hermits are big for hummingbirds, but this one is one of the smallest species.

Flower, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

It likes the beautiful flowers, which grow here. And in the botanical garden on the other site of the road, where we would go later and where the flower photos were taken.

Flower, in Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

Flower, in Costa Rica, on 17 March 2014

Green iguana, 17 March 2014

Much bigger than the little hummingbird is a green iguana.

We cross the main road. Groove-billed anis on the other side.

Two social flycatchers on a wire.

A house wren. A singing grey-crowned yellowthroat.

A pond in the botanical garden attracts damselflies.

A black-cheeked woodpecker in a tree.

A Central American agouti walking in the garden.

A scaly-breasted hummingbird on a branch cleans its feathers.

A black-cowled oriole in another tree.

In yet another tree, a yellow-olive flycatcher.

Rufous-tailed hummingbird, 17 March 2014

A rufous-tailed hummingbird; sometimes, on a branch; sometimes flying.

A masked tityra. A boat-billed flycatcher.

Back across the main road. In a treetop, an olive-throated parakeet.

Clay-coloured thrush, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

A clay-coloured thrush.

Butterfly, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

We walk along the forest trail. A butterfly.

Summer tanager male, 17 March 2014

A bird from North America wintering here: a male summer tanager.

Montezuma's oropendola, 17 March 2014

Let us finish this blog post like we started it, with a Montezuma’s oropendola.

Stay tuned!

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Sunbitterns, tiger heron in Costa Rica

Montezuma's oropendola nesting colony, 17 March 2014

Still 17 March 2014 near the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica. Not only frogs and spiders there; but, of course, also birds. Like this Montezuma’s oropendola nesting colony.

Montezuma's oropendola male at nesting colony, 17 March 2014

Some oropendola males do their mating season gymnastics performances, while singing their songs.

Montezuma's oropendola male, at nesting colony, 17 March 2014

And a female white-necked jacobin hummingbird.

A yellow-crowned euphonia. And an orange-billed sparrow.

Red-throated ant tanager, 17 March 2014

A male red-throated ant tanager, singing on a branch.

Red-throated ant tanager male, 17 March 2014

Red-throated ant tanager female, 17 March 2014

There was a female as well.

Sunbitterns with fish, 17 March 2014

At the river bank, two rare sunbitterns. One of them catches a fish. It is not as dexterous at swallowing it as real bitterns.

Sun bitterns are called “zonneral”, sun rail, in Dutch. But they are not closely related to either rails or bitterns.

Sarapiqui river, 17 March 2014

We go a bit further along the river.

Pug-nosed anole, 17 March 2014

A lizard on a tree trunk. A pug-nosed anole male?

Fasciated tiger heron, 17 March 2014

A fasciated tiger heron among the rocks.

Fasciated tiger heron catches food, 17 March 2014

It catches food from the river.

Fasciated tiger heron, Sarapiqui river, 17 March 2014

A spotted sandpiper.

A neotropic cormorant flies along.

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Costa Rican frogs and spiders

Green-and-black poison frog, 17 March 2014

After yesterday, in the morning of 17 March 2014, still near the Sarapiqui river in Costa Rica. One of many animals there is this green-and-black poison dart frog.

Red-eyed tree frog, 17 March 2014

While a red-eyed tree frog was asleep under a leaf.

Masked tree frog, 17 March 2014

There was a masked tree frog as well.

Golden silk spider, female, 17 March 2017

In a big web, a golden silk spider couple.

Golden silk spider female, 17 March 2017

The female was much bigger than the male.

Golden silk spider male, 17 March 2017

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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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Slaty-tailed trogon couple story in Costa Rica

Slaty-tailed trogon male enlarging nest, 16 March 2014

La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, 16 March 2014. As I mentioned, a slaty-tailed trogon couple nests in a termite nest in a tree close to the entrance. The birds are enlarging their nest. The termites don’t mind them. After the resplendent quetzal, slaty-tailed trogons are among the biggest trogon species.

As we go back, the slaty-tailed trogon couple are still busy. It is the first time ever that they nest here.

Slaty-tailed trogon female near nest, 16 March 2014

This is the female.

Slaty-tailed trogon male near nest, 16 March 2014

And this is the male again.

Slaty-tailed trogon female, 16 March 2014

And the female again.

Gartered trogon, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

The keys of nearby Selva Verde lodge depict a different species: the gartered trogon.

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Frog and reptiles in Costa Rica

Strawberry poison dart frog

As I reported, we were near La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, on 16 March 2014. There was a strawberry poison dart frog.

Green basilisk, 16 March 2014

A green basilisk.

Crested guan, 16 March 2014

Crested guan in a tree.

Great curassow in a tree nearby.

While on the ground, there is busy traffic on leaf-cutter ant highways. In one direction, ants bring back pieces of leaf to their colony. In the opposite direction are the ants which yet have to get a piece of leaf.

Ground anole, 16 March 2014

On a piece of leaf along the rainforest path, a ground anole lizard.

Central American whiptail lizard, 16 March 2014

A Central American whiptail lizard later.

Mantled howler monkeys call.

A black-throated trogon on a branch.

A dusky-faced tanager.

We went back to the entrance. Stay tuned!

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