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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Rainforest sloths and toucans in Costa Rica


This video says about itself:

Filmed at Selva Verde Lodge in Costa Rica, this Nikon’s BATV episode features the plight of the Great Green Macaw.

A list of birds at Selva Verde is here.

Costa Rica, 16 March 2014.

After yesterday, we were near the Sarapiqui river.

At 4:50 the sound of mantled howler monkeys woke me up.

An orange-billed sparrow after getting up.

From the bus: a great-tailed grackle. A great kiskadee on a wire.

Near the entrance of La Selva Biological Station: a chestnut-sided warbler on a tree. A species, nesting in North America and wintering here.

In other trees, a green honeycreeper. A pied puffbird.

A boat-billed flycatcher.

Masked tityra male and female, 16 March 2014

A masked tityra couple. On the photo, the male on the left; the female on the right.

Golden-hooded tanager, 16 March 2014

A golden-hooded tanager.

A buff-throated saltator cleans its feathers.

So does a social flycatcher.

A group of red-lored parrots in yet another tree.

In the same tree, a juvenile Baltimore oriole cleans its feathers.

Keel-billed toucans, 16 March 2014

Keel-billed toucans. The second biggest toucan species in Costa Rica.

Keel-billed toucan flying, 16 March 2014

A crested guan.

On wires: greyish saltator. A female shiny cowbird. A tropical kingbird. A grey-capped flycatcher.

Mangrove swallow, 16 March 2014

Two mangrove swallows.

A northern rough-winged swallow flying.

Rufous-tailed hummingbird, 16 March 2014

A rufous-tailed hummingbird.

In a tree, a long-tailed tyrant. A plain-coloured tanager cleans its feathers.

A small flock of chestnut-headed oropendolas flies past.

On a branch, a tropical pewee.

Bananaquit. Variable seedeater.

A green iguana in a tree.

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.

Band-backed wren, La Selva, 16 March 2014

A band-backed wren. The bird on the photo was banded for research.

Brown-throated three-toed sloth, 16 March 2014

In a tree, a brown-throated three-toed sloth with a baby.

Brown-throated three-toed sloth with baby, 16 March 2014

A broad-winged hawk flying.

Near a bridge across the river, greater white-lined bats resting.

A collared peccary on a lawn on the other side.

Collared aracari, 16 March 2014

And a collared aracari in a tree.

And the biggest woodpecker species of Costa Rica: a pale-billed woodpecker.

A much smaller bird: an olive-backed euphonia.

There were not only birds, but also reptiles and amphibians there. So, stay tuned!

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Tanagers and howler monkeys, Costa Rica, 15 March 2014


Passerini's tanager male, 15 March 2014

Still, 15 March 2014, in Cinchona, Costa Rica. A bit further away than the hummingbirds, a table with fruit attracted Passerini’s tanagers. Both males and females.

Passerini's tanager females, 15 March 2014

Palm tanager, 15 March 2014

The table also attracted palm tanagers.

Silver-throated tanager, 15 March 2014

And silver-throated tanagers.

Still a bit further away, we could see a Montezuma’s oropendola. And a variegated squirrel.

A blue morpho butterfly.

Clay-coloured thrush, Costa Rica, 15 March 2014

A clay-coloured thrush (the national bird of Costa Rica, because of its beautiful singing).

A white-crowned parrot.

A flock of white-collared swifts flying near a distant waterfall.

Bay-headed tanager, 15 March 2014

A Passerini’s tanager and a bay-headed tanager in the same tree.

Black vulture, 15 March 2014

In another tree, first one black vulture.

Then, two black vultures, before they both flew away.

On the fruit table, Passerini’s tanagers, both male and female, and a common bush-tanager.

Prong-billed barbet, 15 March 2014

A prong-billed barbet. Another species, unique for Costa Rica and western Panama.

We left. The bus went lower and lower.

Along the road, a melodious blackbird.

Mantled howler monkey, 15 March 2014

A mantled howler monkey family, including a youngster, feeding in a tree.

Mantled howler monkey and youngster, 15 March 2014

In another tree across the road: a Montezuma’s oropendola nesting colony.

Then, we continued to the Caribbean lowlands.

A turkey vulture flying.

This video gives an idea of the region where we arrived late on 15 March.

The video is called Rainforest and Wildlife in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica.

Stay tuned!

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Hummingbirds, more hummingbirds in Costa Rica


Purple-throated mountaingem hummingbird female, Cinchona, 15 March 2014

This is a photo of a female purple-throated mountaingem hummingbird, which we saw 15 March 2014 in Cinchona in Costa Rica. We will get there later in this blog post.

I have described walking in the Poas volcano area in Costa Rica on that 15 March.

As we walked back down, a hummingbird flying around a scrub. It was rather big (I mean, big for a hummingbird …) and looked greenish. We saw mainly its back. Later, we would see this species, the fiery-throated hummingbird, much better, including its splendid colours under favourable lighting.

A slaty flowerpiercer was there as well.

A bit further, in the undergrowth: a wrenthrush. This is a species, unique to Costa Rica and Panama. Also, a large-footed-finch.

Then, lower on the Poas slope, to a garden opposite a restaurant, where feeders attracted hummingbirds.

Green-crowned brilliant female, in Costa Rica, 15 March 2014

Among them were a female green-crowned brilliant. A species which we would meet again later that day.

And a male violet-crowned woodnymph.

Green violetear female, Costa Rica, 15 March 2014

A green violetear. This photo shows a female.

A magnificent hummingbird. This species has its southern limit in Costa Rica, and its northern limit in Mexico.

From southern Mexico to western Panama, including here, one can find the violet sabrewing, the biggest species.

Violet sabrewing male, Costa Rica, 15 March 2014

This photo shows a male violet sabrewing.

The smallest species was the volcano hummingbird. It occurs only in Costa Rica and western Panama.

There were also non-humming birds, like a flame-coloured tanager.

We continued to another restaurant, in Cinchona, lower in the mountain area, also with feeders and even more hummingbirds.

Green-crowned brilliant male, Cinchona, 15 March 2014

Like green-crowned brilliants. This photo shows a male.

Green-crowned brilliant male, Cinchona, in Costa Rica, 15 March 2014

This photo also shows a male.

Green-crowned brilliant male, Cinchona, Costa Rica, 15 March 2014

And this photo shows another adult male.

Green-crowned brilliant juvenile, Cinchona, 15 March 2014

This photo showns a juvenile green-crowned brilliant.

Green-crowned brilliant juvenile, in Cinchona, 15 March 2014

This photo shows a juvenile as well.

Green-crowned brilliant female, Cinchona, in Costa Rica, 15 March 2014

And this shows a female green-crowned brilliant.

There were also green hermits. Violet sabrewings. Rufous-tailed hummingbirds. And coppery-headed emeralds: among the smaller species. They live only in Costa Rica. A white-bellied mountaingem as well. Apart from Costa Rica, this species occurs in Panama too.

And purple-throated mountaingems as well.

There was non-hummingbird birdlife in Cinchona too.

Stay tuned!

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Costa Rican flowers and leaves photos


Flowering tree, Costa Rica, 14 March 2014

14 March 2014 in Alajuela, Costa Rica. After the birds there then, now plants. Beginning with this photo of the flowering tree on which many of the pictured birds sat.

Like with other plant photos in this post, I don’t know which species this tree is. Maybe readers of this blog can help?

Flowers, Costa Rica, 14 March 2014

This photo, like some others, is a macro lens photo.

Flowers, 14 March 2014

Flower, 14 March 2014

Flower, Costa Rica, 14 March 2014

Finally, Bougainvillea leaves in water on that 14 March.

Bougainvillea leaves, 14 March 2014

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Costa Rican bird photos


Rufous-collared sparrow, 14 March 2014

This is a photo of a rufous-collared sparrow, from 14 March 2014, in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

I must apologize to my readers for the somewhat chaotic order of my blog posts on Costa Rica.

After writing about 15 March, I now go back to 14 March bird photos, taken in Alajuela. Here come some pictures of birds on a flowering tree.

Rufous-tailed hummingbird, 14 March 2014

First, a rufous-tailed hummingbird.

Rose-breasted grosbeaks, female and male

Then, two rose-breasted grosbeaks, a female and male. They spend the winter here, away from their native North America.

Tropical kingbird, 14 February 2014

While this tropical kingbird stays here all year.

Hoffmann's woodpecker, 14 March 2014

In the same tree, a Hoffmann’s woodpecker (also pictured here).

Baltimore oriole male, 14 March 2014

Finally, from the same flowering tree, a male Baltimore oriole, wintering here, nesting in North America.

Turkey vulture, 14 March 2014

A turkey vulture, flying around.

Masked tityra male, 14 March 2014

Finally, a male masked tityra.

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