“Bully” Woodpecker?

The featured photo above is a Lineated Woodpecker pecking away on a woodpecker hole that I think was already there with him enlarging it. It’s uphill from my house yesterday morning, an overcast day not really good for photos. But I tried anyway. Then along comes the smaller Hoffman’s Woodpecker (below photos) making a big fuss with the bigger woodpecker. I’m guessing that the hole was maybe the smaller bird’s home and he was fussing at the bigger “bully” taking over his home. I don’t know that for sure, but he was sure making a lot of noise and ruffling his feathers threateningly while the larger bird just kept working, ignoring the smaller bird. So, does another bully take over?

“The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.”

― Suzy Kassem

See my galleries for both the Lineated Woodpecker and the Hoffman’s Woodpecker photographed all over Costa Rica with much better images than these! 🙂

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¡Pura Vida!

Bienvenidos!

Welcome! is the translation for you English-only-speakers and one of the new Tico residents of Roca Verde decided that since he lives in the first house inside Roca Verde main gate he would contribute to the neighborhood with this nice welcome sign at 101 Roca Verde just across a little valley from my house at 105 (and he too overlooks the cow pasture). I can’t remember, but don’t think I have shown his welcome sign on the blog yet.

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Also inside the main gate (before his sign and at edge of the cow pasture) is the above lovely shaped tree that just lost its leaves and is renewing them now in our sort of a Spring. Walking to town this morning I walked by the tree that I have always liked the shape of and decided on a cell phone photo – above. Then I saw a Lineated Woodpecker in it that soon flew to two of the other trees as I tried to make a photo (below), but I need my big camera for birds! No good photo, but you can see what else is welcoming you inside the Roca Verde gate.    🙂    Bienvenidos!

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Lineated Woodpecker, Roca Verde Entrance

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Lineated Woodpecker, Roca Verde Entrance

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
— Kahlil Gibran

Better photos tomorrow from Arenal Observatory!

🙂

¡Pura Vida!

Early Birds 1

I was going to do one post with the first or early birds photographed here on the lodge grounds, but with 14 already I’m dividing it into two posts of 7 each. Then we go to another island today and the mainland tomorrow for many more birds I hope! But with slow internet, 7 is enough for one post!

Red-lored Parrot
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Red-lored Parrot
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

There are also Mealy Parrots and Blue-headed Parrots here, but I have no photos of them yet. 

Lineated Woodpecker
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Boat-billed Flycatcher
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

There is a slight difference between this flycatcher and the Kiskadee which I will show one of tomorrow. They are easy to confuse!

White-lined Tanager
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

The “white line” is on his shoulder and only seen when in flight. 

Blue-gray Tanager
Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Living slow in the jungles on an island in the Western Atlantic or Western Caribbean Sea. It is very hot and humid and you tire easily but it is a great place with lots of wildness, This afternoon we go to another island for a particular bird found only there, the Snowy Cotinga. Tomorrow we do the first of three trips to the mainland for birds. The two families running the lodge are very accomodating of us and our needs/desires. Cabins are very nice and the food is very good. We are experiencing a Panama version of pura vida!

TTranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge 

Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama

Birds at Corcovado & Drake Bay

Bird shots not shown in other posts from recent trip.
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Scarlet Macaw
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Great Curassow
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Black-headed Trogon female
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Lineated Woodpecker
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Boat-billed Heron
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Yellow-crowned Night Heron juvenile (no crown yet)
Mangrove Forest, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Cherrie’s Tanager male
Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Black Vultures waiting for fish above high tide rocks
Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Bananaquit
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Bananaquit
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Great-tailed Grackle male
Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

We saw some other birds but no good photos because of distance, trees, etc. I did not get any photos of new species for my collection on this trip as hoped. We did see toucans, parrots and many other birds but unable to photograph. Tomorrow I will share photos of other animals seen at Corcovado & Drake Bay.

About Corcovado National Park (Wikipedia)  and  About Drake Bay (Wikipedia)

My TRIPS Photo Gallery on this Drake Bay Trip

See also my BIRDS photo gallery

Lineated Woodpecker

Lineated Woodpecker
In my garden, Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica
I was thrilled that he was just 2 meters off my deck!
AND in the open! (for less than a minute!)
I have several shots of this species, but this is best!
One at Rancho Naturalista was previous best.
And I had a Fair Shot in Panama

Lineated Woodpecker
In tree in my garden, Atenas, Costa Rica
This “Peek-a-boo” sighting behind leaves is often all I get.
Still makes me happy! 

See my photo gallery of Birds photos made since I moved to Costa Rica. This gallery shows you my number one motivation for moving to and retiring in Costa Rica. I love the birds here!

Birds at Campesinos

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Fiery-billed Aracari Toucan
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica
Yellow-throated Euphonia
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

Violet-headed Hummingbird
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica
Lineated Woodpecker
 Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

Orange-chinned Parakeets 
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

Cherrie’s Tanager male
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica
NOTE: Passerini’s Tanager male looks the same but lives only on Caribbean side

Cherrie’s Tanager female
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica
NOTE: Passerini’s Tanager female is obviously different.

Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher (in a room shower)
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

Black-hooded Antshrike
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

Social Flycatcher
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

Beardless Tyrannulet
Campesinos Ecolodge, Quebrada Arroyo, Costa Rica

We saw many more including a beautiful White Hawk, but these are only decent photos. Tomorrow I will share the birds I photographed at Carara National Park and Cerro Lodge, Tarcoles, Costa Rica on my way home for a one night stop.

Birds Galore!

This is just a sample of the birds I photographed at the lodge this morning before going out to a park! It will take a while to share all the birds I’m photographing here!

Montezuma Oropendola from the breakfast terrace

Lineated Woodpecker in front of lodge
White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird male at breakfast terrace

Gray-headed Chachalaca joining us for breakfast

Keel-billed Toucan seen from breakfast terrace

All of this and much, much more at Rancho Naturalista near Turrialba, Costa Rica.