Maquenque Smaller Water Birds

Water birds are impressive and numerous all over Costa Rica with most of these found in all lowland waters on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides. I never tire of river trips or wetland visits because the surroundings are always changing and even though I see some of the same birds every time, they are never the same! At Maquenque I had both a river trip and lived for 5 days on lagoons that attract the same birds in these wetlands (el humedal en español) of the Caribbean Slopes of northern Costa Rica. A birding paradise!

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¡Pura Vida!

You may also enjoy my Costa Rica Birds Gallery 

and my 2019 Maquenque Lodge Trip Gallery

See the lodge website:  Maquenque Ecolodge

More Birds from Tarcoles River Trip

Arranged in the order presented in the book The Birds of Costa Rica, A Field Guide by Garrigues & Dean which puts families and similar birds together.

Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Great Blue Heron
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Great Blue Heron in an Interesting Posture
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Cattle Egret
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Snowy Egret
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Great Egret (left) and Whimbrel (right)
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Whimbrel
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Spotted Sandpiper
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Mangrove Swallow
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica
Groove-billed Ani
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Ringed Kingfisher
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Yellow Warbler, resident male with orange head
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica
And did you see the Birds in Flight posted yesterday? Including 3 more species not included here.
Plus note that we saw a lot more birds than what I included here, just my only decent photos! 
AND this was my first time to go to and from Tarcoles on public bus. Cheap & fun! Going down was a breeze, but we got wrong info on our return bus and ended up going through San Jose, but oh well, all part of the adventure!  🙂
Trip Photo Gallery: 2017-07-29- Tarcoles River

All of my photo galleries on Birds       or just Costa Rica Birds

And the boat tour company we used: Jungle Crocodile Safari

Pura Vida from Costa Rica!

~Charlie

Last 5 Birds from Sarapiquí

Buff-throated Saltator
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica
Also saw a black-headed saltator, but no decent photo.

Spotted Sandpiper
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica
As seen from my room balcony on Sarapiquí River
And I have never seen one with actual spots.

Northern Barred Woodcreeper
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Great Kiskadee
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Gray-capped Flycatcher
Along the Puerto Viejo River, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

See also my Photo Gallery of Costa Rica Birds

Well, that really is all the bird photos I will share from this great trip! But expect about 4 more posts of other wildlife photographed in the Sarapiquí area of Costa Rica.

Corcovado Beach at southern end of
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Then a 4-month break before my next big adventure the first week of May to Corcovado National Park (largest Pacific Coast rainforest) and Drake Bay, staying at the AGUILA DE OSA, Rainforest & Marine Adventure Lodge.  There is no end to adventure and nature photography in Costa Rica and I intend experience as much of it as possible! All my reservations are made including small plane air transportation down which is cheaper than a rent car. I could have done the bus but it is so much easier flying to the South Pacific! It is the wrong time of year for whale-watching, but my focus is birds right now. I’ll do whales another time.

Back in 2009 I visited the southern end of Osa Peninsula and Corcovado (above photo) on a birding trip to Luna Lodge and Lookout Inn, flying to Puerto Jimenez and a 2 hour dirt road drive to the edge of the park. This will be different at the other end or northern end and will include a visit to an island reserve out in the ocean. I can hardly wait!  

Tarcoles Birds, Post 2 of 2

Post 1 was yesterday with 14 more photos of birds only. We used the Jungle Crocodile Safari for this visit and saw more birds than any other tour provided so far. The 8:30 AM tour. Presented in order of camera image numbers – I’m getting lazy!  🙂   We saw about 35 species of birds and I got somewhat decent photos of about 24. We saw one Scarlet Macaw, but no photo of it behind leaves.

Boat-billed Heron
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica


Willet
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Bronzed Cowbird (most likely for this area, though others similar)
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Spotted Sandpiper
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile, thus no spots)
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Yellow Warbler
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Mangrove Hummingbird
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica
(Not really this fat, he just fluffed out his feathers)

Little Blue Heron
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Panama Flycatcher
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Wood Stork
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Tricolor Heron
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Black-crowned Night Heron
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Magnificent Frigatebird female
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Magnificent Frigatebird males, juvenile
Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

And my constantly growing BIRDS Photo Gallery online

The Birds of Palo Verde Park

Groove-billed Ani

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

Crane Hawk

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica
This is my first sighting of this bird. 

Black-crowned Night Heron

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

Crested Caracara Juvenile (or young adult)

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica
This was a “first sighting” of this guy. It’s usually Yellow-headed Caracara.

Spotted Sandpiper

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica
Little Blue Heron

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

Boat-billed Heron

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

Mangrove Swallow

Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica

My computer is working properly again! And I haven’t even taken it to the shop yet! Maybe it is the weather here it likes better!  🙂  So I was able to upload these photos! Of course I have many more and we did not see as many birds as might have been possible because it was windy the whole time we were on the river. (Birds don’t fly much when it is windy! They hide in the bushes!) We also saw some other animals which I will show tomorrow. Below is a photo of the kind of boat we floated on, though only the two of us plus our guide and boat captain.

There are several tour boat companies here like at Rio Tarcoles & Rio Frio.
Tomorrow I will show the above boat passengers acting like tourists.  🙂

Had it not been windy, we would have seen more smaller birds including hummingbirds, but weather is just part of life! Pura Vida!

See my photo gallery of BIRDS OF COSTA RICA

Or all my BIRDS OF CENTRAL AMERICA   for even more!