Monday, 20 November 2017

Little more Costa Rica

It was great to see some of these Blue Jean or Strawberry Poison Arrow Frogs and we found these Cane Toads in the Hotel Grounds at night.

I would hate to get run over by one off these bad boys or is it girl and these tracks were made by a Leather backed Turtle.

Also at night we were out looking for turtles and we found loads of these crabs on the beach and boy were they fast moving.

 I been trying to find out which Sheild Bug or Stink Bug
 White Throated Magpie Jay.
 This one I wanted to see big time a Boat Billed Heron.
 Green Iguana
Our local legend Mike giving a interview for a Costa Rica Reporter, what a guy and if you look at the floor you can just see the burn marks where me and Mr Hill ran like the wind.

Late Webs

I did my Webs at Tir Founder Fields this morning, it was very quiet bird wise but the best highlight was a young Otter. I watched it feeding for about ten minutes in the rain and was my first for a couple of years.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Costa Rica My First Batch of Photos

Bare Throated Tiger Heron

Roseate Spoonbill

Scarlet Macaw


Yellow Naped Parrot

Brown Pelican

Great Kissadee

Inca Dove

Hoffmann's Woodpecker

White Fronted Parrot

Black Howler Monkey

Double Striped Thick Knee

Friday, 17 November 2017

Costa Rica 2017

Crazy holiday, all inclusive and all in bed before 20:00 hours, though up by 03:00 and on parade by 04:30. Just a few from the trip: Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Snowcap, Black-crested Coquette female and a Laughing Falcon.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Little and Large

Another quick update from Costa Rica. I'll just keep to the wildlife for now, the other stories most of which involve Mr Hogan will no doubt be shared in the future especially the one about the lizard.
The "Little" mentioned in the title refers to a Snowcap which is a gorgeous very small hummingbird (not the colour of Mike's hair). This was not a bird on our radar as we did not expect to be the area it occurs. However on Sunday we visited a reserve which contained a small population. After a long walk in constant rain through marshy ground we were treated to views down to two meters of two males and one female. Also at the same spot we were privleged to get another minute hummer Black Crested Coquette.
The "Large" in the title refers to a Jabiru a huge stork which was a bird high on our wish list. We spent a long time today on a boat, waking miles and driving around getting nowhere locating one. Then late afternoon things starting looking up when Scarlet Macaws were heard. We dived out of the minibus and Mr Bevan had another one of his top wanted birds. Shortly after we spotted a large number of Wood Storks and started scanning them. Then we heard the call we wanted Jabiru flying in and a low flying enormous 1.3 metre bird glided by and landed in amongst the Wood Storks making them look miniscule. Walking to get a closer look we realised there was another standing close by and then another soared past. Three Jabiru and the day felt better straight away.
Other highlights  include a Thickett Tinamou running along the side of a main road, Roseate Spoonbill, Bare Throated Tiger Heron, Boat Billed Heron, Mangrove Cuckoo, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Yellow Naped Parrot, Long Tailed Manakin and more Wrens and Orioles that I care to list for now.
Just to finish off people who have birded with Mike knows he often gets bird names wrong so these are his latest offerings.  Yellow Winged Tanager ( Golden Winged Warbler), Shining Honey Badgers (Shining Honeycreepers) and Potholes (Potoos).

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Weekend wanderings

A quiet weekend with little of note locally. However, I did manage to get in on this autumns birding event - the Hawfinch invasion, with a single bird flying over Quakers Yard yesterday. A new Merthyr county tick.
A wander round Parc Taf Bargoed this morning produced little. The Canada Geese were up to 28 in number, but they hadn't brought Mike's Red-breasted Goose with them. The resident Muscovy Duck has found a mate and, as a result, stopped hanging out with the single Mute Swan.

Winter Thrushes were notable by their complete absence.

Costa Rica - quick update

Just finished our second day, first with our guide Olivier. Mr Bevan already has an Antpitta (Thickett)    also an Anthrush (Black Faced) in the bag on his full day in the neotropics!!!
Other really good birds include Great Curassow, Crested Guan, Pale Billed Woodpecker, Montezuma Opendola, King Vulture, Black Headed Trogon, Tody Motmot, Rufous Tailed Jacamar, Scissor Tailed Flycatcher, Worm Eating Warbler, White Ruffed Manakin, White Throated Magpie Jay, Golden Winged Warbler and a host of other good birds. Around 143 species so far. More updates to follow.