Here is part 2 of our birding adventure.
February 16, 2017
It was a rainy day, quite challenging to keep your gear dry and also to spot some birds too. It was a quiet day as the majority of the birds were a bit off beat due to the weather but that didn't stop David neither Elizabeth Rosair to enjoy their day.
From time to time the sun tried to break out, which also made the birds come out too. Near the lodge we also feed the small birds (tanagers and hummingbirds) and here you can see that we occasionally see a visitor joining this clan too. The Red-capped Cardinal was seen several times with the tanagers on the feeder and not once did it felt like an outsider.
One bird that you most likely hear on a daily basis but seldom see, unless you're quite patient, is the Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet. We call them also 'Free Beers' birds as they continuously offer this advertisement to us.
Some birds were trying to be one with nature, like for instance this Little Chachalaca, barely moving.
Others were trying their luck on a higher level, like for instance this Swallow-tailed Kite. It was part of a group, seen soaring above us and occasionally a Greater Yellow-headed Vulture was joining them too.
The perched birds: the Grey-lined Hawk was enjoying the scarce sunlights on an exposed branch.
But this Red-billed Toucan did quite the opposite: sitting still between the leaves in the shadows.
When the sun came out, so did some familiar faces too: in a Cecropia tree a Bananaquit was seen hopping around while on the ground a pair of Black Curassows were just trying to dry their feathers.
The moment the sun came out, we tried our luck on the river. Most of them were still quiet and hiding between the bushes. Like for instance this couple Blue-and-Yellow Macaws. The shadow didn't do them any justice as the Macaws have one of the most vivid appearance of the birds (next to the hummers).
Here and there we spotted the Spotted Sandpiper blending perfectly well with the background.
The Striated Heron and the Cocoi Heron are one of the most common birds seen on the river, but somehow they managed to become one of the most photogenic birds for this day.
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