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Costa Rica Day 32

7th February 2022

There were 3 Riverside Wren near to the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park

This morning I was up before the macaws and I arrived at the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park on the 05.30 bus from Quepos. The park wasn’t open for another hour and after birding the area nearby, Green and Bare-throated Tiger Heron and again good numbers of yank warblers and Philadelphia Vireo and the odd Northern Waterthrush, I entered Manuel with some fifty or so folks! It was crowded, noisy and it was hard work in seeing anythin of note. And the guides that were leading visitors didn’t help the situation. They were all over the shop and so loud when pointing out a tree or setting up scopes and setting it onto a Mexican Anteater or a Three-toed Sloth. After two hours, it was proving to be impossible in finding anywhere where there was any peace. Passing the Mangroves, there were a pair of Sulphur-breasted Flycatcher expecting a tree hole. It was sometime later I did come across a concrete path leading deeper into the forest and after ten minutes, it became clear that non of the guides take these paths. However, it was very quiet with only Chestnut-backed Antbird and Black-hooded Antshrike. Both species common and I saw earlier on.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Chestnut-backed Antbird are very common and vocal and can be seen at the tracks edge.

Not so common as the antbird were this pair of Black-hooded Antshrike

Early afternoon and returning to the main entrance, I took a path to my right and didn’t see a soul for over thirty minutes and as a result I caught up with some ideal birds at last. These included Blue Ground Dove, 2 Fiery-billed Aracari, 3 Riverside Wren and the highlight being a vocal female Blue-crowned Manikin trilling to another individual in the forest. This was followed by a pair of Stiped-throated Hermit displaying at ground level. Amazing sight to observe as the female sat on a twig looking directly up at the male that was buzzing her, at times only centimetres away. After a good ten minutes, I left them alone as they continued to display.

Female Blue-crowned Manakin

Record shot of the Blue-ground Dove in the darkness of the forest

Riverside Wren

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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