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Red-throated Bee-eater

Red-throated Bee-eater
join us for a fantastic tour of The Gambia this November

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FEB 25TH - MORE PHOTOS FROM COSTA RICA

DISTANT VIEW OF THE RIVER TARCOLES FROM CERROS LODGE
TRI-COLOURED HERON

STREAK HEADED WOODCREEPER

BLACK BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS AND ROSEATE SPOONBILLS
TROPICAL KINGBIRD
Roseate Spoonbill at Palo Verde

Squirrel Cuckoo

Streaked-backed Oriole

Our guide was wearing this T-shirt

Limpkin - taken at Hotel La Pacifica ponds
Jabiru - quite distant at Palo Verde

Howler Monkeys - watching us eat lunch

A close up of a Howler - quite cute really - I must have been away from my wife too long!!!

American Wigeon at Palo Verde

A menacing looking Caimen at Palo Verde
Inca Dove (foreground) and Ground Dove
Turquoise Crowned Motmot
Boat-billed Heron



  




The Royal Flycatcher at Carara


A close up of the Royal Flycatcher - imagine what that beautiful crest looks like when errected?

Yours Truly with Roy Orozco

and finally  - the group have had enough, they're going home

Monday, February 25, 2013

FEB 25TH - GAUCIN WALK

PUNTA UMBRIA

The weather has been fantastic for the last two days after a week of miserable, cold rainy days.

We took the same walk on both of the last two days around the hill called Punta Umbria. I was surprised to see how many butterflies are on the wing: Brimstone, Large White, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Wall Brown, Large Tortoiseshell, Spanish Festoon and Cleopatra.

Local birds are now in song  -  Robins, Blackbirds and Chaffinches. We also saw Raven, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Jay, Gt, Sp Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Cirl Bunting, Eurasian Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Serin, Eurasian Chiffchaff and White Wagtail. But the star of today was a Goshawk, this superb bird put on a display for 10 minutes, circling with slow floppy wing beats and then diving down over the forest, great birding.

Last Friday we went to Gibraltar and saw a few Black Kites, Lesser Kestrels and a Booted Eagle - all new for the year list.


ADDITIONS TO MY YEAR LIST 2013

501. Firecrest
502. Cirl Bunting
503. Short-toed Treecreeper
504. Eurasian Nuthatch
505. Lesser Kestrel
506. Black Kite
507. Booted Eagle 
508. Black Restart
509. Blue Rock-Thrush

Friday, February 22, 2013

FEB 23RD 2013 - COSTA RICA PHOTOS pt 1

here are some of the 900 birdy pics I took during the recent Costa Rica Tour:

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Magnificent Hummingbird taken at the Quetzal lodge feeeders
as above

Black-capped Flycatcher - taken at Savegre



Butterfly sp.

Dave sitting a few feet away from a hummer at Savegre Hotel
the group assembles at Savegre for a trip up into the mountain cloud forest

Costa Rican Pygmy Owl

Lineated Woodpecker (male) taken at Talari Lodge

Olivaceous Piculet taken at Talari

Resplendent Quetzal taken at Savegre

as above
Collared Redstart - taken at Savergre - several were seen in the area
as above - a very obliging bird

one of the star birds of the trip this is the Spangle-cheeked Tanager seen at Savergre
White-throated Mountain Gem - one of 30 hummers recorded on the trip

Tufted Flycather seen at Savegre

as above


Speckled Tanager - surprisingly only seen once at Talari Lodge
a very large banana-eating butterfly at Talari bird feeder

Common Potoo - a wierd shaped bill of this nocturnal beast - two were seen on the trip one at Rancho and the other at Carara national park
as above

Talking of wierd bills - look at this Boat-billed Heron seen at sveral places on the trip



Crocodile Dundee?  This is our boat captain, one slip and we would have to steer the boat home ourselves. Picture taken during the boat trip up the tarcoles river. A fantastic experience with many species of birds and reptiles on show.

the group - safely on board, enjoying the trip. We had our own boat and guide for this trip
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl seen at Cerros Lodge

Green heron taken at Quepos Beach
Green heron at Palo Verde

The group on the forest track at Carara National Park





On the Pacific Ocean beach at the Parrita River near Quepos - watching Pelicans, Frigatebirds, Terns and Booby's


Green Honeycreeper (the male is blue coloured)
male Red-legged Honeycreeper - taken at Talari bird feeder

Great White Egret, Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbills at Palo Verde

One of the star birds of Costa Rica - Scarlet Macaw taken at Carara



Mangrove Cuckoo  - taken at Carara National Park