In the mountains, birding started at 7am. But here in the tropics, the heat means an earlier start and we have now set a record -- present and accounted for at 6am!
Led by our new friend Roger, incredible naturalist (and former professional soccer player), we explored the 11 acres of this sustainably-managed hotel. By the time we were finished 3 1/2 hours later we couldn't believe that we spotted so much wildlife and lasted so long without breakfast!
The morning was so divine that we met Roger again for an early evening walk.
Wonderful new amigo, mesmerizing birds. I see why Costa Rica is so special.
Black-hooded Ant Shrike
Ferrigunous Pygmy Owl
Costa Rican Swift
Jesus Christ Lizard (so named, according to Roger, because that's what you'll exclaim after bumping into this formabile reptile on a dark forest trail)
White-faced Capuchin Monkey