meets the Pacific is Carara NP and
the hotel Villa Lapas appears to be the only accommodation of note in the area
but the lack of competition reflected the standard of service and food Tarcorles River . Despite this many companies use it . This area does
however offers easy access to Carara NP, an area of forest on the Pacific slope
and river access to the network of mangroves near the river mouth . Four metre
Crocodiles lay on the banks . The wind came off the Pacific like heat from
a furnace and even the under-storey plants were wilting . A walk into the park began along the Torrent
Walk by the river . Here a group of Muscovy Duck, Spotted
Sandpiper and Northern Waterthrush were on the
river . In the woodland we finally saw Great Tinamou
and Black-hooded Antshrike. There were
also quite a few Black and Green Poison Dart Frog Dendrobates auratus on the forest floor and Greater-white-lined Bat in a tree crevice . Another
trail produced Thick-billed Euphonia, Orange-collared Manakin and Baird’s
A boat trip on the river produced Crested and Yellow-headed Caracara, Cattle, Snowy and Great Egrets, Little, Great-blue, Tri-coloured, Green and Boat-billed Herons, Least Sandpiper, Hudsonian Whimbrel, Black-bellied Plover, Turnstone, Spotted Sandpiper, White Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Whilst in the mangroves there was American Pygmy Kingfisher, Mangrove Warbler (resident race of yellow warbler), Mangrove Hummingbird, and Panamanian Flycatcher were all good birds. That night an odd call competing with the cane toads got me out of my chair and shining a torch up into a tree to see a Spectacled Owl looking back down, only my second owl species of the trip! Alas the following morning was our last and we headed back to San Jose for our flight to Newark and short stop in Manhattan (see report below).
Black-hooded Antshrike and wild Muscovy's
Forest Ghost Bat Diclidirus virgo
Orange-collared Manakin and Mag Frig below
Tarcorles Pacific coast
Spotted Sandpiper. It was odd that I saw quite a few in Caribbean foothill area but none as far advanced as this one.
Panamanian Flycatcher and on the river Tarcoles looking north towards Nicoya Peninsular
Baird's Trogon! Guide ID'd as a Slaty-tailed but I'd seen one of those so was hungry for another tick and checked it out.
Dot-winged Antwren male above, brighter female below
Yellow-crowned Night Heron juv and Orange-collared Manakins at lek
Green Kingfisher and odd moth for the 'mothers'
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