Right after breakfast Armondo is there to pick us up for our morning in the mangroves. We start birding immediately as he has some “hot spots” staked out.
Instead of having one specific destination, our morning is spent stopping at several locations.
Our very first stop is a result of Armando hearing a bird call while he is driving. We pull over and he immediately calls in a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. These little owls are active during the day, and their call is often used to attract other birds.
Ferruginous Pygmy-OwlIn the same area we heard and saw a group of Groove-billed Ani. This is a pretty common bird and most of the bird guides don't even mention them. Mark had a heck of a time getting Armando to stop long enough for a picture.
Groove-billed AniAt the entrance to this teak tree plantation we see a black iguana. Black iguanas spend more time on the ground than in trees, though they are excellent climbers when the need arises.
While we were in the Teak plantation we were treated to another owl. This time it was a beautiful Black-and-white Owl.
There are dozens of flycatchers in Costa Rica, and many of them are tough to identify. But the Common Tody-Flycatcher's tiny size and black mask make a positive ID pretty easy,
This Barred Antshrike female responded to a Pygmy-Owl call, and was pretty stirred up when she arrived. Doesn't she look annoyed?
Barred Antshrike female
The mangroves we explored were located right on the Pacific ocean. We saw dozens of Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring overhead.
A few got low enough to allow closer looks. You can see the bright red throat pouch on this male (click on any of the pictures to make them larger).
Magnificent Frigatebird male
One of the target birds for the morning was the Mangrove Warbler. This is actually a subspecies of the Yellow Warbler, but with their reddish brown head they look very different.
Speaking of warblers we also got great looks at Prothonotary Warblers.
Another target bird was the endemic Panama Flycatcher. Endemic means it occurs in a limited geographic area, in this case the Pacific coast of Costa Rica along with Panama and northern Columbia. This guy seems to have an extra-large bill!
Next time: Day 6 continued - 5 Kingfisher trip, American Crocodile's, and more beautiful birds.
Birds seen this morning:
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
American Pygmy Kingfisher
Lineated Woodpecker (heard)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Rufous and White Wren