Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Manuel Antonio Day

Today we went to Manuel Antonio park with Ersel, who is awesome.  We had a private tour, and had a great time!  Of course there were some lovelies by the pool before we left.

Mystery Little Lovely Bird
And by reception.
Streaked Flycatcher
Summer Tanager
To the park!  A quick drive to the entrance, and then our first sloth of the day.  It was a two-toed!  The two-toed are more unusual, and we were lucky to see one.  Later we saw another one, but that was after we were all slothed out.
Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth
Quickly after entering the park we saw another sloth.  One that we saw had a baby, I don't remember if this is that one or not.  We saw so many sloths, it was amazing!
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
We saw this frog hiding on a leaf.  I upped the contrast to make the frog easier to see.  It was so cool!  I guess it's some sort of tree frog, but I have no idea which one.
Mystery Tree Frog
Aracari!  There is a nest quite close to the path, and we saw three of them hanging around near there.  They are so gorgeous!
Fiery-billed Aracari
Also gorgeous from the back.
Fiery-billed Aracari
This one looks like he's on sentinel duty.
Fiery-billed Aracari
There was an anhinga flying really really high, way up with the vultures.  We looked at it for a while, trying to figure out what it was, because usually they fly much lower.
Then another great sighting - pale-billed woodpeckers!  First, my funniest shot - the legendary two-headed woodpecker.  :-)
Pale-billed Woodpeckers
He's got style and Hollywood glamour.
Pale-billed Woodpecker
This was an amazing sighting, the woodpeckers were about 10 feet away from us.  They are awesome and huge and hilarious!
Pale-billed Woodpecker
This jangle of furry limbs is, you guessed it, another sloth!
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
On the beach we saw this wood stork prettily framed.  It took a ~lot~ of tries to get my autofocus to focus on the bird.
Wood Stork
Walking along, Ersel spotted a yellow crowned night heron and set the scope on it.  I found it while he was setting up and took some pictures.  "Take a look through the scope" he said, so I did.
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
And saw this - we were looking at different birds!  There were ~two~ yellow crowned night herons!  :-)
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
A bit further on we saw a black hooded antshrike pair.  This is the female, although it's not a great picture.  She is gorgeous!
Black-hooded Antshrike
Back at the resort, black vultures entertained us for the afternoon.
Black Vulture
And euphonias!  In the light!  Pretty much in focus!  Oh happy day!
Yellow-crowned Euphonia
There were several warblers, but as usual the yellow warbler was the only one who wanted pictures.  In the world of warblers, this guy and the black and white warbler are my heroes - never too busy to pose for a few shots.
Yellow Warbler
And a frigate or four came by for a nice flyover.  What a great day!
Magnificent Frigatebird

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