[Tweeters] Birding in Costa Rica

Jacquelyn Miller jcmiller31 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 23 17:08:27 PDT 2019

I recently visited the Manual Antonio National Park area in Costa Rica and
the highlight of the trip wasn't the park, but the guided birding trips
that my sister and I took with Alexander Montero from the Manuel Antonio
Wildlife Refuge. Even though only 23-years of age, we were amazed at his
expertise and stamina. We saw 93 species the first day out and another 82
the second (and much shorter) day. One of the highlights of the our first
day of birding was seeing a mother and baby Common Potoo in their cryptic
pose on a fence post on our way to San Juana Lodge (you can see a photo at
the Western Washington Birders Facebook group website at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wwbirders/ or at Trileigh Tucker's Flickr
site at

Potoos are normally very difficult to see because they are so camouflaged,
however, Alexander spotted the birds because of the baby's whitish
feathers. We were literally two-feet away from the Potoos. And when we
drove home much later in the day, they were still there, but facing away
from us toward the East because, according to Alexander, the mother was
continually protecting the baby from the sun.

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