The Hallowed Honeymoon Hummingbird Hunt - Costa Rica - Part 5 - Arenal Day 2
Day 5 started off at the fruit feeders beside the restaurant. Lots of activity here, but much of the same species. A family of Coati and a family of Great Currasow were superb entertainment though.
Female Great Currasow
Lake Arenal from the Observatory lodge
Baby Coati - That tail
Male Great Currasow
Male Great Currasow
Cool cloud formation over the volcano
Black Striped Sparrow
From the restaurant we made our way towards some trails, however the weather decided to go against us as torrential rain showers came in. We had prepared for this, however, with purchasing some decent ponchos prior to the trip. These were invaluable over the course of the holiday, but even with these on, the rain was abysmal. A convenient shelter on the trail was availed of and we sat down to wait it out.
"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge." - Poncho birding at it's best
Lake Arenal from our cabin
Poncho Birding in amazing rain forest
Amazingly whilst sat here, a Jaguarundi ran out of the forest and crossed the trail in front of me. Amazing looking animal
With the rain having hampered things slightly uphill, it was time to make our way downwards and on to La Paz. We slowly worked downhill, seeing birds like Swallow Tailed Kites, White Hawk, Barred Hawk, Grey Crowned Flycatcher, Southern Rough Winged Swallow and Grey Breasted Martin.
A tatty Swallow Tailed Kite - Luckily most of these we saw were more handsome than this one, Incredible birds
Grey Capped Flycatcher
We then took a quick spin up along lake Arenal, seeing some nice wetland species such as Anhinga, Great White and Snowy Egrets and Pied Billed Grebes.
Great White Egret
Pied Billed Grebes
From Arenal it was a long drive to La Paz, nabbing birds such as Harris's Hawk and Grey Hawk en route.
Vicious road works were present at the base of the hills which held us up the better part of an hour, but we made it to our hotel in time for a good meal and a nice couple of cold beers.