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Costa Rica Day 39

14th February 2022

Another Lesser Anteater but this individual showed superbly at very close range that I had to back off as I couldn’t focus on it with my cameras

I stood outside the hostel at 06.00 this morning to hit the south beach at Playa Zapote. That was the idea anyway but as I watched the bus go past while I’ve got my mask on and my thumb still out, I changed my plans. Instead, I got some breakfast down my neck and then decided to do the circuit of 8 miles and walk there myself through the town in the opposite direction. It was hard work with the conditions reaching up to 30-31. I set off at 08.30 and finally got home just before 16.00 with my T-shirt wet from sweat! Many highlights were involved and top notch and very fortunat , after two hours into the stroll, to have point blank range views of a Lesser Anteater. At the pace of a snail, nothin to do with my age, while at the same time, trying to not stand on the many fallen leaves on the road, the anteater came out from a banana plantation. It was only a few meters away and proceeded to come towards me. Was it goin to be the third Costa Rician mammal, after the possum and racoon nearly a month ago, that was goin to stand on my foot? I had to back off as I couldn’t focus with my camera and as a result, there was a crunch from my foot on leaves and the anteater was then aware that I was there and shot off like a bullet! This memorable experience made up for the very long drag ahead. Before and after this, it was pretty quiet.

After casually heading towards me, the Lesser Anteater was only a few meters away when it was aware of my presence

I back off to focus my camera on it and crutch, I stand on a fallen leaf and the anteater swivels to make it’s getaway.

And dashes back into the banana plantation

After this, of note I came across single Roseate Spoonbill, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Grey-headed and Swallow-tailed Kite and a new species was a Long-tailed Woodcreeper and only heard, at least 6 Cocoa Woodcreeper. I was hoping to connect with a Cinnamon Becard but instead I had to make do with two males singing. Despite me scanning the tree tops to where I could hear them. Also, 2 White-tailed Deer showed well just off the road as I was close to the digs. As I’m writing this, I can hear a Common Potoo nearby. All images below were all taken from the road that I walked

Grey-headed Kite

Scarlet Macaws were all over the shop

Hanging out together down by the river were single Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, 2 White Ibis and my first Roseate Spoonbill of the trip

I’ve only seen Roseate Spoonbill before while in Flordia

And just above them on the bank was this Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Good numbers of White-browed Gnatcatcher

Some 10 Great-crested Flycatcher outnumbered the 3 Panama Flycatcher that I saw including this individual of the latter species

Yellow-throated Vireo

Large numbers of Yellow Warbler

With less numbers of Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Spots starting to appear at the rear of this Spotted Sandpiper

Pacific Hermit Crabs having a feast on this coconut

Almost a mile to the digs in the afternoon sun, I came a cross 2 White-tailed Deer

We Should Be Looking To Holland To Fix Border Problems – Haulage Sector!

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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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