Return to the Rainforest (Part 4)

Chestnut-collared Woodpecker
Chestnut-collared Woodpecker

Birds, birds, birds!

I credit this birding addiction to Joel and Vicki Simon, who in 2004 taught me all about birds and migration in 2004 at a Hawkwatch International site in Corpus Christi, Texas. I have not been normal ever since, as I find myself constantly searching the ground, sky and everything in between for flapping wings or the flick of a feathered tail.

I have gone from being satisfied with just viewing them through my binoculars to obsessing about photographing them.  Here in Costa Rica, after one week of using my binoculars, I have put them down and have taken up the camera instead.

Anhinga along the Sarapiqui River
Anhinga

I like bird watching because it is relaxing.  Those who know me well know that I do not sit quietly for long. This is why bird watching is good for me – it forces me to be quiet, patient, and still.  It forces me to concentrate on one thing at a time.

Chestnut-mandible Toucan
Chestnut-mandible Toucan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at La Selva there are 400 species of birds, and of these I have seen 40 species so I have a long way to go!  That is another thing I enjoy, the challenge of finding different birds, and there is always a thrill upon discovering one you have never seen before.

Volcano Hummingbird
Volcano Hummingbird

Please enjoy some of my favorite bird pics from this trip so far.

Pura Vida!

 

 

 

 

White-crowned Parrots
White-crowned Parrots
Great Kiskadee
Great Kiskadee
Crested Guan
Crested Guan
Great Curassow
Great Curassow
Slaty-tailed Trogon at 100ft above the forest floor
Slaty-tailed Trogon at 100ft above the forest floor
Passerini's Tanager
Passerini’s Tanager

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