What a day! We went from a nice little garden to a much wider world, and went from a bunch of folks to starting to really gel into a group.
In the morning we started out in the garden at Hotel Bougainvillea, seeing mostly the same little lovelies we had already seen yesterday. Motmots never get boring! For me a highlight was seeing the white-eared ground sparrow again, I love that little guy. He took his sweet time coming out but he was worth the wait.
|white-eared ground sparrow|
Not the best picture of an oriole but it was a truly fantastic view - he looked so gorgeous up there in the flowers!
The guides heard a quetzal nearby, so they decided to try to call it in. Apparently that is not controversial at all for this group, we did a ~lot~ of calling birds in. With mixed results. Anyway, after playing the call a few times, the quetzal flew right over us and down into the woods on the other side. It was pretty exciting, but definitely not satisfying. However we managed to locate it, and got a view! Okay, not the best view I've ever had of a bird, but hey - this is the stuff of legends! Drink it in!
Back in the bus, heading off to a favorite lunch spot. Apparently we have come to Costa Rica for great French food. :-) The place was great, for more than food. Check out this silky flycatcher!
|green-crowned brilliant (female), coppery-headed emerald|
|palm tanagers, silver-throated tanager|
|black-bellied whistling-duck, grey-necked wood-rail|
|great egret, black-bellied whistling-duck, little blue heron|