Monthly Archives: December 2013

Costa Rica Reflections

I stared down at my plate.  Scrambled eggs and ham and of course the Costa Rican national dish – rice and beans. I’d made decent time from CRARC and was now breaking for breakfast and to stretch my legs at … Continue reading

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Night Walk – #2

This evening we were going to concentrate on Brian’s specialty – glass frogs.  Unlike the leaf frogs, glass frogs are found near streams and rivers, which meant a steep and somewhat slippery hike down to the Siquirres River. Actually the … Continue reading

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The Ant Swarm

Now the main draw to the Costa Rican Amphibian Center is of course the over 50 species of amphibians in the reserve, but the birding at CRARC was pretty darn good as well. Parrots were common including a flock of Brown-hooded … Continue reading

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The Night Walk

It was 3:00 Pm and I was as excited as a kid in a candy store. The way I felt as a 6 year old on Christmas eve, barely able to contain myself while waiting for Santa Claus to come. … Continue reading

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The River Trail

The air was almost suffocating in its stillness. Not even the hint of a breeze. I had never felt so utterly alone. Besides me, there wasn’t a sole on this trail. Doubt crept in. Was this a mistake? Was it … Continue reading

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The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is located in the northern part of Costa Rica near the border with Nicaragua.  This region has some interesting birds and wildlife that you can’t see anywhere else in Costa Rica so I was excited … Continue reading

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The Volcano

After five nights at Hacienda Pinilla, we said goodbye to our friends from the wedding and headed off to the Arenal-La Fortuna region for four nights.  Along the way we enjoyed some pastoral green rolling hills in the foreground with … Continue reading

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Hacienda Pinilla (Nov. 22 thru Nov. 27, 2013)

Hacienda Pinilla is located just south of the beach town of Tamarindo in the Guanacaste of Northwest Costa Rica. It’s 47 miles southwest of the Liberia Airport. Expect your drive to take well over an hour. It’s actually a resort … Continue reading

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Snakes Come in Large and Small Packages -Nov. 25, 2013

Earlier this morning I released and photographed the boa then did a little birding in a patch of tropical dryland forest.This morning’s bird highlight was this Roadside Hawk screaming repeatedly from its perch next to the road. I had just … Continue reading

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