|#371: White-fronted Parrot/Amazon (spectacled amazon parrot); Playa Carillo, Costa Rica; December 2015|
|A clay-coloured thrush was hanging around. It makes an interesting choice as the national bird of Costa Rica, known as el yigüirro.|
I always get a special thrill when I discover at home while writing up my blog that I saw a new bird and didn't realize it at the time. I have never even heard of this variety of oriole:
|#372: Streak-backed Oriole; Playa Carillo, Costa Rica; December 2015|
|Thought this would make an interesting reference....this is the picture above BEFORE processing. Pretty awesome how powerful editing software is (and how much good info could be in a "bad" shot)|
|Not totally sure--maybe a Nutting's flycatcher (leaning this way) or Brown-crested flycatcher?|
|Spotted Sandpiper--I think we see these everywhere we go :)|
It would have been easy to miss these guys, since they blend in so well, and it's easy to assume sandpipers are all the same. Always important to look closely! I think these are super striking birds! I love that long bill.
|#373: Whimbrel; Playa Carillo, Costa Rica; December 2015|
We noticed this guy flying around and chased him for a while...
Until we found his hilarious friends...
|Royal terns at Playa Carillo|
|Brown Pelican--Still my fave|
|#374: Black Tern; Playa Carillo, Costa Rica; December 2015|
|Inca dove having a snooze. Lazy beach days...|
We had high hopes to see turtles but it was just the wrong time, and I hated the idea of going out in huge mobs at night looking for them, but we did see this guy fishing on the beach. You know where there is a big school of fish if you just watch the birds! These are all black terns!
From there, we eventually moved on to Tamarindo for a little sun and surf and eventually onward home. Which means this is the last CR post! I've got to say, it's nice to finish this off, and I'm glad I managed to get through the 2000 pictures (which is why these posts sometimes take me so long to post). But it's been fun revisiting the memories now that a few months have passed.
Meanwhile, migration season has begun at home and I've returned to a few of my old haunts (my own kind of migration, I guess!). We even had a new bird right in the backyard!