Getting to Tortuguero involves 2hrs e/w on a coach on an unsealed road- a free massage is the best way to look at it. Then another 2hrs e/w by long speed boats to Tortuguero village and we stayed in Mawamba Lodge which looked amazing but was just ok underneath it all. There were a good few species around and the Caribbean was only 50 metres away. This 25mile stretch of beach sees the annual return of 4 turtle species (Loggerhead, green, hawksbill and leatherback) and draws in thousands of tourists during those seasons. We were only there for 2 nights and didn't get to see any but there was beer. Apparently green turtles were starting to arrive.
The boat journey in produced: Roseate Spoonbill, Tricoloured Heron, Spotted Sands, Royal Tern, Green Ibis, Little Blue Heron, Magnificent Frigatebird, Anhinga, Neotropical Cormorant whilst around the grounds there were Grey-necked Wood Rail, Summer Tanager, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, a few Swainson, Lesser Greenlet, Brown Pelican, Ringed and Green Kingfishers. The next morning boat ride along the fresh water river networks followed the palm forests and produced several Boat-billed Heron, Great White Egret, Mealy Parrot, Chestnut-mandibled and Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Common Black Hawk, Olive-backed Euphonia, Laughing Falcon, Northern Jacana, a bonus Limpkin and Slatey-tailed Trogon were logged.
Other bits seen inc: Green Iguana, Basilisk/JC Lizards, Long-nosed Bat, Brown Vine Snake, Caiman, Black River Turtle, Mantled Howler (Monkey), Three-toed Sloth, White-headed Capuchin and Neotropic River Otter.
A walk along the beach in the evening produced 2 Sanderling and 2 Black-bellied Plover/Grey Plover. The boat out produced more herons inc a few Great-blue.
About everything you need in life above:
Grey-necked Wood Rail in the rubbish
Ringed Kingfisher below:
Anhinga and GWE
Green Kingfisher and Boat-billed Heron
Black River Turtle with a JC Lizard hitching a ride!
Eastern Wood Pewee and Bare-throated Tiger Heron
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