This is sort of “the signature bird” of this area and there’s lots of them here! In the past I’ve photographed them from here on the Osa all the way up the Pacific Coast to Tambor Bay. See my past photos in myScarlet Macaw Gallery. And I’ll get a flying photo before I leave here, just not made it yet.
Only sharing 2 photos today because the day suddenly got crammed-packed full and I haven’t processed all the photos yet! 🙂 I started before breakfast with a birding tour with Juan Carlos and then after breakfast he offered to take me to the highest waterfall around here instead of an all day hike for me and it almost turned out treacherous, but I’ll tell about that in another post. Then Phillip, who leads the sunset-night hike told me he had only 2 going tonight if I wanted to go tonight instead on my scheduled Monday, and I said yes for a full day. But the rest of the week will now be more peaceful! 🙂 And I’ll catch you up on the rest of this day later!
As the first and only customer in restaurant for a 7 AM Breakfast I was greeted not only by the friendly waiters but by a couple of Scarlet Macaws in the nearby trees. The major group of other guests here is a group of vacationing Mexicans and the waiters said that they like to party late and breakfast late! 🙂
But anyway, I got a few shots of the Macaws before they flew off and all the other customers missed them! 🙂 They are hard to photograph – always on the move and when they land it is behind limbs and leaves! Pura vida! 🙂
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I head back to Atenas this morning. My little 4-day excursion in search of sunsets was a good one! It was relaxing, with some good photos, even one lifer bird and my best photo yet of a Gray Hawk.
Plus now I am knowledgeable of another beach-view hotel at Jaco. It is too expensive for me normally and not that great for birds, but some of the best food I’ve had and the sunsets are great! Thus I recommend Villa Caletas for a relaxing vacation if money is not an option.
And I have started working on my “Trip Gallery” 2019 July Villa Caletas which will soon have my collection of photos from here, maybe by tonight. 🙂
One of the reasons I chose to stay five nights in the Jaco Beach area of Costa Rica (a heavily visited and touristy area I usually avoid) is because I read about the Scarlet Macaw Project and Hotel Punta Leona’s installation of Nesting Boxes. All Macaws are somewhat endangered because they require a large hole in a big old tree to nest and most big ol’ trees have been cut down. Thus mankind has found a way to help replace what we destroyed by installing nesting boxes for the Macaws to nest in, thus continuing the species. It is a bigger problems on the Caribbean side of CR with the more endangered Green Macaws as helped there by the Manzanillo ARA Project . I visited it in 2016 near Manzanillo. The ARA Project is also on the Pacific side focused on the Scarlet Macaws at Punta Islita which I have not visited yet. Another hotel on the Pacific side that has Scarlet Macaw nesting boxes is the Tambor Tropical Resort, Tambor Bay, I visited in 2017. So I’m happy to see this, another project that helps save an endangered species!
Hotel Punta Leona has many nesting boxes installed over their heavily wooded property and a new exciting thing is that about 5 boxes have REAL TIME CAMERAS where you can watch the babies in the nests. Cool! Just click the real time link. In the photos below you will see a wire running into one of the nests – that’s the camera! 🙂
Here’s a few shots of Scarlet Macaws I made at Punta Leona:
Learn more about this beautiful but endangered species, the Scarlet Macaw at Neotropical Birds
I have often said I would leave Costa Rica only to visit other nearby countries birding and thought that Ecuador would be next – but I just saw the following video (short movie) from E-Birds that has now turned my attention toward Columbia. To see why, watch this little movie called BIRDING: A Musical Journey through Northern Columbia — I love living in this incredible region of the world! So much to see/do!
I was happy on my visit to Tambor Tropical Beach Resort to see the many nesting boxes that hotel provides for Scarlet Macaws helping to maintain the population in that part of the Pacific Coast, the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The destruction of large trees with cavities is possibly the biggest factor leading to the endangerment of this species as has already happened to the Green Macaw on the Caribbean Coast.
¡Felices Pascuas! – Happy Easter! Scarlet Macaw flying above Tambor Bay, Costa Rica this past Christmas.
Note to those not on the mission team coming here this week: I am sharing one of my Costa Rica photos with an inspirational Scripture verse each day in an email during the last week before they get here this Thursday. 9 old friends from Nashville First Baptist Church. This is the photo/verse I share with them today. Happy Easter to you also! He is risen!
Sunrise Over Tambor Bay You don’t expect a sunrise over the Pacific, but it depends on angle of peninsula or bay! When no clouds on horizon, you see the big orange ball at the end of that point on right. See below. Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
My House for a Week! (downstairs) Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
My House at Night this Week (the downstairs part) Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
My Room, bath on left and kitchen on right Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
My Dining Room this Week Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
Looking towards ocean from dining area Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
Our grass and brown sand beach Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
The Hammock I Never had Time to Use But I did get a massage one day in the Spa! Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaw Several families literally lived on hotel property with 3 nest boxes. It could easily be called the “Scarlet Macaw Hotel” 🙂 Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaws always in trees around cabins and pool! Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
Interesting People Too! Last night a family from Nashville checked in with their Tico relatives! Small World! Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
And Beautiful Flowers!
Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
Sunrises are different each morning if you get up early enough! Tambor Tropical Resort, Costa Rica
They host several birding tours a year plus the Cornell annual bird count and it is known as a good place for birders with an on-property nature trail and 3 public trails along the river beside the hotel. And now the “Tambor Turtles” volunteer program takes place on the beach by the hotel with opportunities for guests to collect eggs or release babies at the right time of year.
This is my blog post about the hotel and I hardily recommend it as a hotel and the area for both birding and relaxation! I just spent 5 nights and can’t imagine staying fewer! You need time to get to know a place and benefit from it! 4 or 5 nights is my minimum stay almost anywhere in Costa Rica!
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.
Orange-Collared Manakin Carara National Park, Costa Rica
White-whiskered Puffbird Carara National Park, Costa Rica
Montezuma Oropendola Carara National Park, Costa Rica
Black-mandibled Toucan Carara National Park, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaw Carara National Park, Costa Rica
Pale-billed Woodpecker Carara National Park, Costa Rica
Blue-crowned Motmot Carara National Park, Costa Rica
Common Black-Hawk (most likely) Carara National Park, Costa Rica NOTE: The front is lighter than usual, but it happens on them some. It does not match other characteristics of Gray or Gray-bellied Hawks
Tomorrow I will post a few shots of other non-bird animals I shot at Carara.
We visited Zoo Ave in La Garita today with Abe and Nancy Docktar and then joined Jean and Carolyn for dinner tonight at a local gringo restaurant with a Nashville Band (of retired gringos here) called “FlashBack” playing oldies. An Interesting day!
Flash Back plays for dancing at Augostos Restaurant tonight
Scarlet Macaw at Zoo Ave
Keel-billed Toucan at Zoo Ave
An Injured Toucan rescued and nursed to health
Green Iguana, one of many around the park
Wild Spectacled Owl visiting Zoo Ave
Striped Owl at Zoo Ave
Crested Owl at Zoo Ave
Emu at Zoo Ave
Great Curassow Male at Zoo Ave
Great Curassow Female at Zoo Ave
Squirrel Monkey at Zoo Ave
Spider Monkey at Zoo Ave
Helicopter Damselfly at Zoo Ave
Baird’s Tapir or Central American Tapir at Zoo Ave
Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild.~Jack Hanna
Scarlet Macaw flying over the mouth of the Tarcoles River at Pacific Ocean. All Photos by Charlie Doggett, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaws were the main reason I spent a couple of nights at Carara National Park, where one of the two breeding colonies of Scarlet Macaws live, the other being at Corcovado NP and the surrounding Osa Peninsula which I visited in 2009 and got a few distant photos there. I also photographed a couple of the macaws on my 2010 and first Tarcoles River Crocodile & Birds cruise. But there were more macaws this time as June and July is the breeding season. My guide for two days here was Victor Mora Shaves of VicToursCostaRica. He is not a serious birder, but knows most of them and many of their songs or calls. And he did know we could get closer to macaws in Tarcoles Village than in the national park, thus we went there first thing Friday morning where all but one of these photos were made. We returned to Tarcoles Saturday morning for a mangrove boat tour with just me and him for a lot of other birds but no Macaws except flying way overhead. A separate post on that is coming with other bird photos. I’ll also do a post of our hike in the park for tomorrow, though it was a little disappointing compared to other parks I have visited (for the quantity of birds). Well here are some of the decent shots of Scarlet Macaws, not a single great one here, but okay and typical of shots birders get. You just can’t get close like in the zoo. But no zoo shots here!
Names used in Costa Rica are Guacamayo Rojo o Lapa Note that I stayed in Hotel Villa Lapas which in English would be The House of Macaws. This artwork of Lapas is between the rest rooms off the lobby area helping define their location and name:
The blue is Guacamayo Azul and the red Guacamayo Rojo and both are Lapas. Hotel Villa Lapas is the closest to Parque Nacional Carara. Problem with painting is that there are not blue & yellow macaws here! They’re in South America and more rare than scarlet. Blue or Hyacinth Macaws are even more rare, but did live in Central America once.
Scarlet Macaw, a typical shot in the trees. Tarcoles, Costa Rica. The one on right is upside down, also common.
Scarlet Macaw “loving couple” – they mate for life! Tarcoles, Costa Rica.
“Double-Dating” with one upside down! 🙂 Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaws in different light – Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaws above the Tarcoles River Mouth, Tarcoles, Costa Rica Colorful birds! And beautiful flying!
Scarlet Macaws inside Carara National Park, Costa Rica. Photo made across pond with cell phone through spotting scope. Better photo ops with the fishermen in Tarcoles!