The trees around Atenas are beautiful and full of bird-life
There were hundreds of Laughing Gulls
Playa Ballena beach stretches for miles
We travel on to Playa Ballena in the hope of seeing whales
Just as we are leaving our villa to travel to our next destination a group of Squirrel Monkeys arrive
This delightful pair of Ferrugnious Pygmy-Owls were nesting in a nearby palm tree and could always be seen out and about, even during the day
A Bare-throated Tiger-Heron wants in on the action
Great Blue Heron
We saw many lovely birds in Carara then moved on to the River Tarcoles to see water birds and Crocodiles. The first thing we saw was this female Great-tailed Grackle which is rather like our Magpie in habit
We had great views of this Spectacled Owl
The Orange-collared Manakin. Very hard to find and even harder to photograph
A Crowned Woddnymph. A tiny hummgbird which flitted through the undergrowth and was difficult to photograph.
Yellow-headed Caracara. A falcon this one
Goodbye Costa Rica - Hasta la vista
The Chacalaca - rather like a chicken clambering about the tree tops - tastes like one too, apparently!
As it was Ana's birthday we had a meal at this fish restaurant. It was excellent - the best fish meal I've ever had anywhere!
We returned to Atenas on Ana's birthday and stopped off at Caldera on the way back. This is a Brown Pelican in the lagoon.
A sunset at Playa Ballena - very beautiful
At Playa Ballena
Toucans are such ridiculous looking birds but somehow engaging
The master suite (which we tossed a coin for - and lost!!)
Scarlet-rumped Tanager. A very lovely bird. The femal is a nice olive green colour
A Yellow-headed Caracara comes to see what's on offer
Whilst waiting for our boat we saw the most unusual bird behavious we've observed in a long time. A boat load of toursist came into the landing stage closely followed by some Mangrove Swallows
An American Pygmy Kingfisher
They do look rather ridiculous clambering about the treetops
A Great Kiskadee. Easy to tell by its 'Kiskadeeee' voice.
There was also a lovely looking Squirrel in the grounds.
Frigate Bird chasing a laughing gull
Not 100% certain what hummingbird this was. Could be a Volcano
Female Red-rumped Tanager
This is the non-breeding form of the Willet
View from room with Chesnut-billed Toucan perching nearby
The grounds surrounding the villa are magnificent and full of wildlife
Our excellent guide, Roy
The Great Egret
Our boat driver, slapping some fish in a river full of crocs: brave or stupid?
a young heron - a greenbacked, I believe
We then saw one of them feeding a baby swallow inside the cowling! They must have built a nest there in the warmth and dry but everytime the boat goes out the chick has to wait for its return to be fed. Meals on Propeller!
The heron didn't seem phased by the crocodile
Keith, Jane and I took a day trip to Reserva Biologica Carara to see some more birds. This is a Scarlet Macaw which are quite common and rather noisy.
You can see the grooves on the Ani in this photo
At last it was time for a tearful farewell to our friends and then a long flight home
The B&B has some lovely birdlife, a Three-toed Sloth in the garden and some creepy crawlies. This is an Orb Spider.
A fly past of Brown Pellican
A Willet - a rather striking looking bird
Our gardener quickly cuts a hand of bananas and we feed them to the monkeys
We had the boat to ourselves
Not a job for the faint hearted!
The eye of a river croc
This Osprey flew in towards us with a fish in its beak and proceeded to devour it. I apologise for the poor photo but it was taken from a boat
The Mangrove Swallow when not chasing boats
They approched the still reving engine, perching on the cowling
A green-backed Heron intent on some prey
Groove-billed Ani. A rather sweey looking bird with its fanned tail
Blue Crowned Mot-Mot. A very beautiful bird which likes to skulk in the shadows
The streak running from the top right is not a comet but the lights of an aeroplane coming into to land at the airport.
White Ibis - probably an immature
A wonderful Hummingbird Hawk-moth
There are indeed Whales at Playa Ballena (Ballena is spanish for Whale). This is a Humpback
Sally went walkabout
Andy and Ana enjoy the surf
Isn't he gorgeous?
The Caracara flies away empty clawed and we return to Casa Nova
But it's the croc who gets there first!
A Spotted Sandpiper (not very easily spotted against the background!)
A Turkey Vulture takes a closer look
This is either a Lesser or a Common Nighthawk. Impossible to tell which from where it was perching.
Sunsets were magical at Casa Nova
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