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Fire & Rain: Exploring Costa Rica's Mountain Rainforests

January 27, 2018

Frozen inlets and sub freezing temperatures have been the order of day this winter on Cape Cod. After spending wonderful time with family in the Pacific Northwest over the holidays, we were keen to get back on the road. We joined friends and returned to Costa Rica to explore the mountainous rainforests around the countries largest active volcano, Arenal in search of birds and other wildlife.


Once again good fortune was with us as we had phenomenal sightings of 160 species of birds and some spectacular landscapes in spite of some uncharacteristic wet weather for the time of year. No matter, we were not deterred. Highlights included fresh looks at sixteen different hummingbirds and some amazing raptors especially the rarely seen in the wild Ornate Hawk Eagle. We also had nice looks at an Eyelash viper (venomous) and several primate species especially the Mantled howler monkey. A very welcoming country to travel in – check out some of the images we recorded here.



Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

 View of Lake Arenal

 The magnificent Resplendent Quetzel, a beautiful male at sunrise, Savegre

 A beautiful Bat Falcon, pretty soaked from days of rain

 Purple throated Mountain Gem hummingbird, the male

 White tailed Kite, Cartagena



 Mantled Howler monkey

 Violet eared hummingbird

Purple throated Mountain Gem hummingbird female 

Scintallant hummingbird

 Keel billed Toucan, Arenal

 WHite Hawk, Fortuna

 Rufous tailed hummingbird

 Violet headed hummingbird

 A rarely seen Ornate Hawk Eagle (juvenile)



 Striped tailed hummingbird

 Resplendent Quetzel

A deadly Eyelash viper

 The usually very shy Spotted antbird. He looks for ant colonies "on the move" so he can feast on the insects that are frightened and jump  out of the ants path!







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