Part three, Day 14, Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Continues........Coastal Rice Field birding, Jaco and Tarcoles- After leaving Quepos we were soon at the Rice Fields where we stopped on the way up. The birds were a little closer to the road which gave me a better opportunity to observe them and to photograph them.
Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork and Bare-throated Tiger-Heron-
.....with a Great Egret and Black Vulture-
Bright "pink" plumaged Roseate Spoonbill flies into the field-
Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork-
A Crested Caracara flies in and lands by the fence where i was standing-
A very muddy Black Vulture-
Capping off a great morning and early afternoon, it was now time to move along......Beny and I were getting a little hungry! A couple of miles down the road, I was distracted looking at more Egrets and Storks in some of the other rice fields. Beny looked over and said that he just saw a "Falcon or something" sitting on a telephone pole on the other side of the road. He made a quick stop and turn around and sure enough, Beny had found a striking and regal Laughing Falcon. Wow, what a gorgeous bird! I have seen them before, but always at a distance in poor lighting or heavy rain! This one was really close!-
Beny and I admired this spectacular Falcon for at least fifteen minutes. He told me that he had never seen one before, he also thought it was a very regal bird! The Falcon must have seen something moving in the rice field (maybe a snake) and suddenly crouched.........
..............and flew off the pole revealing those beautifully barred wings!-
Another great "gem" encounter of the day......."It just keeps gets better and better"!! :^)
Every field with cattle and livestock had large numbers of Cattle Egrets present-
At this point I was quite happy ending my day with that magnificent Laughing Falcon! It was around 2:30 pm and it was past lunchtime. Beny knew of an excellent restaurant up the road that served great traditional Costa Rican food.
After a great lunch of fish, gallo pinto, squash, plantain and cabbage, we started back for San Jose. About a mile up the road Beny started slowing down, but this time didn't say anything to me.....but I could tell by the huge smile on his face he saw something. Since we were at the point in the road in Jaco where it meets the ocean, I assumed what he was looking at were Macaws! Looking into the almond trees all I could see was red.....and a lot of red! There were at least fifty Scarlet Macaws in the almond trees and the calls were deafening!
Macaw location (orange arrow)-
The Hawk just perched there and looked around.....could care less that I was keeping it company! Since I am currently working on a very realistic wood carving/sculpture of a Mangrove Black Hawk this quiet interaction offered me a great opportunity to study the personality and the delicate anatomic features and details of this magnificent bird-
I stayed with this Hawk for at least ten minutes, we were both quite confident with each other. Suddenly it just took off in flight! I know I did't scare it since I wasn't moving and it had grown accustomed to me. A few seconds later the reason became clear; two dogs come running down the beach and came close to me and the Hawk........
It flew down the beach for a short distance.......
........and flew towards the almond and palm trees.........
Fishing boat with resting Brown Pelicans,
Ruddy Turnstones and a Western Willet-
Western Willet flies by-
Last shot of the day.......pair of adult Mangrove Black Hawks roosting in a dead tree in a marsh-
The perfect ending for a perfect day!
Week Two Continues, Day 15, Last Day, Thursday, Oct 13, 2016, Alejuala.........
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Bird List, Pacific slopes, foothills and coast, Orotina, Tarcoles, Jaco, and Quepos-
Neotropic Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Black Skimmer, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Boat-billed Heron, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Whimbrel, Western Willet, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Short-billed Dowitcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Spotted Sandpiper, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Crested Caracara, Yellow-headed Caracara, Osprey, Harrier, Gray Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Mangrove Black Hawk, Spectacled Owl, Common Pauraque, Mangrove Swallow, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, White-winged Dove, Scarlet Macaw, Gartered Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Ringed Kingfisher, Hoffman's Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Spotted Woodcreeper, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Tawny-winged Woodcreeper, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Variable Seedeater, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Social Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Long-tailed Manikin, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Great-tailed Grackle