I spotted some big white birds through some trees in a large opening beside the road and I made Matt stop--he kept insisting they were egrets (they were a long way off, and there were some egrets close by) and I kept insisting they weren't. The images aren't amazing since they were so far out, but they were huge (about 1 metre tall), and looks like the one in the middle found something good to eat! It's a good thing we stopped--we never saw these again!
|#328: Wood Stork; On the 6 just north of Interamericano 1, Costa Rica; December 2015|
|On the way to Tenorio - beautiful rolling countryside|
|#329: Crested Caracara; On the 6 north of Interamericano 1, Costa Rica; December 2015.|
Matt spotted this beauty (in fact, there were a few of them, and we'd see many of them later on in the trip). Such a striking bird, it's almost difficult to express how awesome I think they are!
|I included this one because you can see its EYELASHES! Seriously, click on it and see for yourself.|
But we did make it. The park is truly lovely and has some super interesting stuff. This is where we spotted our first white-faced monkeys! Matt spotted a guan-type of bird in the forest but it took off before I could get the camera out. I had tucked it away because it was SO WET. Yeah, turns out it actually rains a lot in the rain forest. I need to come up with a better cover for my camera for situations like these!
|The forest was so peaceful!|
|Colorful stilt roots on a euterpe palm|
|Our first monkeys (white-faced)! And they were so sweet looking! Not scared of us, but not particularly interested either.|
|#330: Yellow-throated Euphonia; Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica; December 2015. |
At first I almost cropped into the mail until I noticed the female hiding out below him. Kind of neat to see them side by side!
|Black vulture on the roadside|
|#331: Keel-billed Toucan; near Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica; December 2015.|
|#332: Black-mandibled Toucan; near Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica; December 2015.|
|Not really sure which bird Toucan Sam is modeled after!|