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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

JABIRU, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

    We can ID this stork as a Jabiru by its very large size; very large, black, slightly upturned bill; black head and neck with a featherless red stretchable pouch at the base and white plumage elsewhere.
   The Jabiru is the tallest flying bird found in South America and Central America.  It often stands at nearly the same height as the flightless and much heavier American Rhea.  For the continent, it also has the second largest wingspan, after the Andean Condor (that is excluding the Great Albatross, occasionally found off the coast of southern South America).
   The Jabiru is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 791.












BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA, 6/13/18





WOOD STORKS, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18





GREAT EGRET, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18







BLACK-NECKED STILT, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18








LIMPKIN, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA, 6/13/18



LAUGHING FALCON, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID this raptor as a Laughing Falcon by its pale buff head, broad black face mask, blackish brown wings and pale buff underparts.
   The Laughing Falcon is also called the Snake Hawk (although it is not a hawk) because this Neotropical species is a specialist snake-eater.  It catches mainly snakes and lizards, and, to a lesser extent small rodents, bats and centipedes.  This raptor is called a Laughing Falcon because of its call:ha-ha-ha har-har-har or haww harr herrer. This series may be introduced by faster hahahahahaha calls, suggestive of maniacal laughter, particularly when the bird is startled.
   The Laughing Falcon is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 790.






Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ROADSIDE HAWK, ROUTE 922 & PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA,6/13/18

   We sighted the Roadside Hawk twice during this birding tour, once along Route 922 and then at Palo Verde National Park.  The first three photos were taken in the park, where the Roadside Hawk was very close to us.  The last three photos were taken along Route 922, where the hawk was quite far away.   The Roadside Hawk in the first three photos is an adult and in the last three photos, a juvenile.
   We can ID the hawk in the first three photos as an adult Roadside Hawk by it's gray head, yellow cere and Rufous baring on the belly.  We can ID the Roadside Hawk in the last three photos as a juvenile by the vertical stripes on its breast.
   The Roadside Hawk is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 789.














Sunday, June 17, 2018

WHITE-WINGED DOVE, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA, 6/13/18



DOUBLE-STRIPED THICK-KNEE, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18






COMMON GROUND-DOVES, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18





BREEDING MALE BLUE GROSBEAK, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID this bird  as a breeding male Blue Grosbeak by its overall deep blue color; small black mask in front of eyes; large, black-and-silver triangular bill and chestnut wing bars (you can see one of these wing bars in the first photo).
   Blue Grosbecks breed along roads and open areas.  They build their nest low in small trees, shrubs, tangles of vines, or briars.  The Blue Grosbeak is a migratory bird.  It nesting grounds are across most of the United States and much of northern Mexico, migrating South to Central Amerca and in very small numbers to northern South America.
   The Blue Grosbeck is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 788.













Saturday, June 16, 2018

GROOVE-BILLED ANI, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18


MOTMOT NEST, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   This was probably the nest of the Turquoise-browed Motmot previously posted (two posts ago) since it wad very close to it.





DOUBLE-STRIPED THICK-KNEE, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID this bird as a Double-striped Thick-Knee by the habitat where it was sighted (see below) and by its  large yellow eyes (see first photo); head with a broad white supercillary bordered above by a black stripe; short, stout bill: pale brown neck and breast and white belly.
    The Double-striped Thick-knee is a largely nocturnal and crepuscular (active during dawn and dusk) bird of the arid grassland, savanna and other dry, open habitats.  This Thick-knee eats large insects and other small vertebrate and invertebrate prey.
   The Double-striped Thick-knee is a new species to our Photographic Life List,which now stands at 787.
















Friday, June 15, 2018

TURQUOISE-BROWED MOTMOT ON LINE, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   This past Wednesday we went on a birding tour with Carlos of Costa Rica Green Life Tours.  We had gone birding with him two years ago when we last visited Costa Rica.  He is a great birding guide.  He knows where the birds are and can ID them by sight and sound.  He has the gift of being able to sight and ID birds at a distance while driving.
   Carlos picked us up at our hotel at 5:30 am.  We were going to Palo Verde National Park to bird.  We went from our hotel, the Riu Guanacaste to the outskirts of Liberia where we picked up Route 1, the Pan American Highway.  We took Route 1 to Begaces, where we went on Route 922.  This route goes to Palo Verde National Park.  We birded along the road both going and coming back and at the park itself.  We got back to the hotel about 6 pm.  It was a very successful birding day.
   One of the first birds we saw and photographed was this beautiful Turquoise-browed Motmot.





WHITE-TIPPED DOVE, HOTEL RIU GUANACASTE AREA,PLAYA DE MATAPALO,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/12/18


GOEFFROY'S SPIDER MONKEY, HOTEL RIU GUANACASTE AREA,PLAYA DE MATAPALO,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/12/18