Friday, May 19, 2017

Costa Rica - Part 4

Walking along the coast we observed this coral rock that was formed during an earthquake many years ago.  This is looking toward Panama along the Caribbean coast

When we returned to the lodge, we found we had no water or electricity due to construction down the road.  Off to the store to buy water and snacks for the long ride to the airport in the morning.
White-whiskered Puffbird

Three-toed Sloth

Hey!  Are you taking my photo?

Howler Monkey, Mom & baby on back

Curious baby

Poison Dart-Frog

Heleconia blossom 

Young lizard finds a great perch

White-collared Manakin

Wing snapping makes electric noise like a bug zapper

Black-crowned Antshrike

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Cocoa Flowers

Cocoa Fruit grows on trunk of tree

Caribbean Islands from the plane.

It was a six hour drive along the coast north and through the mountains including a tunnel in the Braulio Carrillo National Park.

The next day was a flying and waiting day.  A relief to be back in Wisconsin that evening.  A wonderful adventure to remember.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Costa Rica - Part 3

Early in the morning, people asked if we felt the earthquake?  No, we slept right through the 3.6 shaker.  But the volcano was active as we drove to our next destination.

We headed south along the Caribbean coast toward Panama.  We stayed two nights at Shawandha Lodge in small Bungalows among huge trees and exotic flowers.
Blue Crab

Hermit Crab

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Next day we were guided through the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, a rain forest with plenty of Wildlife.  Unfortunately it was very hot and humid making the trek difficult.
Yellow-headed Lizard

Small Toad

Golden-Orb Weaver

Keelbill Toucans

Walking Tree

Eye-lash Viper

Strawberry Poison-Dart Frog

Yellow Eye-lash Viper

Thankfully, we all made it out of the jungle without need for rescue.

Because of some technical difficulties this blog will be continued as part 4.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Costa Rica - Part 2

Troy skillfully drove our rental 4WD up the Caribbean Slope in the Cordillera Talamanca, up the very long, steep driveway to Rancho Naturalista.  A beautiful open lodge and a few casitas (cabins) surrounded by beautiful tropical trees and flowers.  We found the hummingbird area and relaxed until supper watching a myriad of hummingbirds.
Troy, Ty & Ida

White-necked Jacobin 

Green-breasted Mango male

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Green-breasted Mango - juvenile 

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

White-necked Jacobin

Green Hermit

The dining area where wonderful meals were served and we could visit with other visitors and naturalist guides.

This is the "Bug Light" and where we met each night and morning to see hundreds of varieties of bugs and moths.  An amazing array!!

Looks like a little caped Viking

This huge moth was a least a foot wide.  By morning, it became quite tattered flopping around the light.

Rufous Motmot

Red-throated Ant-Tanager

Early morning brought many birds to eat the moths attracted by the light on the sheet.
Mottled Owl

Bananas, chief Costa Rican crop

Hooded Mantid

Hooded Mantid

Blue-crowned (Lesson's) Motmot

Passerini's Tanager

Bay-headed Tanager

Collared Aracari 

Brown Jay

Our three day stay was amazing.  We had a great guide, Luis.  Each morning we had a new adventure. First day we explored the trails at Rancho Naturalista,  Into the rain forest, up along the field and orchard area, finding 91 species in 4 hours.

The next day we drove a few minutes to a mountain stream where we sought out Tanager flocks and found the Roadside Hawk.

Silver-throated Tanager

Then we drove downstream on the other side of a village and our first treasure was this Fasciated Tiger-Heron.  Then a little farther to what we were really seeking. A nesting pair of Sunbittern.

Sunburst wing pattern on the Sunbittern

In the afternoons, we sometimes went to the pools deep in the forest where the hummingbirds and warblers would come to bathe.  This is where we saw the rare Snow Cap but because of lighting and distance were unable to capture this small, delightful bird.

The next morning we went to find the Southern Lapwing, a bit easier to find.  This large, killdeer-like bird was in the middle of a pasture.

Gartered Trogon

Hoffman's Woodpecker

Snail Kite

Northern Jacana with four chicks - can you find them?


Still three days left to go.  What an amazing trip so far.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann