Orange-chinned Parakeets

Orange-chinned Parakeets
Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica

Orange-chinned Parakeets
Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica
Fly-away Orange-chinned Parakeets
Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica

Orange-chinned Parakeets
Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica

These parakeets and some red-lored parrots fly over my house every afternoon going up the mountain, but seldom stop at my house. The Orange-chinned Parakeets did stop briefly today in a tree in my yard and a dead tree across the street. They were in the tops of the trees and very difficult to photograph with little good light. So this is my feeble attempt to capture them.

The orange chin is seldom seen unless in very good light, but I am sure of the ID because of the prominent brown shoulders and the little yellow dash below the shoulder in the bottom photo. Bird ID in bad photos is real detective work!  🙂
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“A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.” 

― Tennessee WilliamsStairs to the Roof


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Anyone considering a move to Costa Rica should read this article by someone who decided it was not for them. Why We are Leaving Costa Rica.  As I have said before, living here is not for everyone and this is only one example. There are many other reasons people try it and decide it is not for them, like impatience with the slow culture, language, lack of infrastructure, “its not the way we do it back home,” missing family, and many more. But this article relates to something else I have always believed, that life is not about being happy but about having purpose and meaning in life. Only you can determine that and whether living in Costa Rica would help fulfill it. And certainly several long visits here before you make a move would help you find your place, both here and in life! 

Orange-chinned Parakeet

Orange-chinned Parakeet zoomed in on him in my Strangler Fig Tree
My garden, Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica

Orange-chinned Parakeet zoomed in even more
My garden, Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica

Most are very timid and it is difficult to get close enough for a good photo. See my collection of birds in my BIRDS PHOTO GALLERY with nearly 200 shot in Costa Rica, a hundred in Nicaragua, plus more in Panama, Guatemala and Mexico. Central America is full of colorful birds!

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.