Costa Rica- Tirimbina Rainforest Center and Caño Negro (Day Four)
Our morning checklist is here.
Once we had packed up Chery the car we got on the road to Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Next to the entrance area this lady Rufous-winged Woodpecker was going to town:
There's a lot of cool stuff going on at Tirimbina like bird banding and raising butterfly cocoons.
This is where we encountered our first hanging bridges which I had been excited about. Unfortunately I realized pretty quickly that birding from swaying bridges while people are walking back and forth is pretty nauseating.
A guide on the bridge pointed out a Purple-crowned Fairy nest.
We made it off the 262 meter-long bridge, to my relief, and quickly found a Black-crowned Antshrike pair.
A flock of birds appeared to be moving in the trees between us and the birdge which unfortunately for my stomach meant returning to the bridge for better views.
This next bird caused some confusion and I don't remember what it was decided to be, if it was decided at all.
The bridge flock moved on and so did we.
We ate lunch at the cafe there but the birds were distracting.
We finished our time at Tirimbina (complete checklist here) and packed back into the Chery for the bumpy ride to Hotel del Campo in Caño Negro. The main entrance road is its own hotspot and rightfully so.
This little wetland area proved to be very birdy with Northern Jacanas, a Ringed Kingfisher, and an American Pygmy Kingfisher!
And more from the road...
We pulled over and birded another wetland area that seemed very birdy.
Back on the bumpy road...
Finally we made it to Hotel del Campo, our home for the next three nights. Complete checklist from the entrance road here.
We checked in, wandered around, ate dinner, and then met up with our guide Chambita, aka Barnaby, for some night-birding. Owls and potoos were the targets.
Taking photos of birds at night is easy.
We learned that both potoos and Black-and-white Owls use streetlights to hunt for insects at night.
Not pictured from our outing: a Jabiru nest! Don't worry, we stopped there on the day we left Caño Negro for photos. SO much more to come! Good times!!!