Saturday, January 24, 2009

Costa Rica - Day 7 (Jan 9, 2009)

We are really getting into the routine now... early morning bird watching followed by breakfast and then on to the day's adventure. Today finds us taking a short bus ride to a nearby farm (admission of $2/person is part of our package) where rumor has it that the Resplendent Quetzal is dining daily on wild avocado fruits. We catch a glimpse of a male and female Quetzal in the trees shortly before they fly away, not to return even though we watched and waited for another 30-45 minutes. While waiting, your intrepid blogger took a few photos of the flora and fauna seen nearby and Niño and others in our group gathered kindling so our fire wouldn't fail tonight.
From Costa Rica - Day 7

We make a plan to meet for lunch and return later in the day for another attempt at better viewing. Some of us hike back to the hotel (~2.3 km from the farm) and some take the bus. After lunch is free time for whatever we want to do until our 4 PM meeting for another try at viewing the Quetzals. I take a NAP to refresh myself.

While waiting for our trip to view the Quetzals, I manage to catch 4 of the 5 Hummingbirds that can be seen at Savegre on film.

Then it is off to try to see the Resplendent Quetzals again and we have much better luck in the afternoon. Once seen, it is truly understandable why they are named "Resplendent." I've included just two of the photos I took below; more can be seen in the complete Costa Rica - Day 7 album (which doesn't include ALL of the over 100 photos taken on this day).

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