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Costa Rica Day 53 Arenal Observatory

27th February 2022

Green Parrot Snake with a insane caterpillar crawling up the snakes back, in between it’s eyes and in one gulp, gone!

Well guess what I did? Last night I returned and arrived back at La Fortuna after all day being on three different buses for less than £10, a longs ways down from Puerto Jiménez! And I was staying nowhere else but at Rio Danta Hostel where I was before for three weeks nearly a month ago. And like Bolita Rainforest Hostel, I also can’t recommend Rio Danta Hostel enough for many different reasons and under priced at £8!

I was itching to get out onto my Costa Rican local patch, just across the road from Danta Hostel, that I discovered on the first day I was in La Fortuna over five weeks ago. However, I found myself at 06.30 in an umber taxi on my way to Arenal Observatory with Gram and Justin who I met last night at the hostel. Gram was just getting into birding while Justin got hooked on it only three year ago while living in South Korea and we all had a great time together! Most of the birds that we observed were new species for them both while I picked up six new species. We paid our $10 entrance fee and the first stop was the feeders in the Observatory garden after we watched a Green Hermit being safely released after being trapped in a building. Single Double-toothed, Great Black Hawk and Swallow-tailed Kite while in the feeding area there were honeycreepers, tanagers, including Emerald Tanager and too many Montezuma Oropendola.

I’m gona whiz through the hours we were in the park with the highlights being Blackburnian Warbler, Tropical Parula, Stripe-breasted Wren, Streak-crowned Antvireo, Brown Violetear, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Collard Trogon, Tawny-crowned Euphonia, male White-throated Thrush and Hepatic Tanager.

Emerald Tanager

Double-toothed Kite

This Blackburnian Warbler was observed briefly always sticking to the top of the pines

The only Tropical Puarla Warbler that I’ve seen before were two individuals in Peru seven years ago

Spotted Antwren

Streak-throated Antvireo

Male Collard Trogon

Male and female Violet-headed Hummingbird

Crowned Woodnymph

However, it was a reptile and mammal that stole the show. Some visitors got us on a Green Parrot Snake near to the frog pond that blended in so well, camouflaged in the trees. At close range we observed a crazy caterpillar crawl up the back of the snakes head and wriggling down between it’s eyes into the mouth of the reptile. It was later on while we were all keeping a close eye on a White Collared Manakin lek, that Gram said he just had a possible Skunk. I could hear it going through the leaves only for it to go dead quiet. Suddenly, at very close range, a Tayra jumped out of the forest, on the track we were on, paused to have a look at me, before continuing on into the opposite side of the forest. Justin just got onto the long fluffy tail as it disappeared and I wasn’t quick enough with my camera when it had a good hard look at me. I thought the close encounter that had with the individual I observed on my local patch was awesome but this was hundreds times better and I really never thought I would see another one of these very elusive Costa Rican mammals again. It don’t get better than this. So glad I joined Justin and Gram instead of doin the patch instead. But tomorrow morning, I’ll be on my site at last!

Green Parrot Snake hanging out by the Frog Pond

While on the pond itself was this Giant Water Scorpion

The only other Broad-winged Hawk that I’ve ever seen, was in a net at Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast

At least some 3 Grey Hawk were sighted

Looking north towards Lake Arenal, where I rowed across some twelve year ago, from the lookout tower at the observatory

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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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