Arenal-Costa Rica

Arenal, the home of a volcano that last erupted 60 years ago! Sadly for us, there was a lot of cloud and we didn’t manage to fully see the volcano, but we did hike up to see the cloud surrounding it a little clearer!!

However, I was very excited on the way up as we saw the bird I most wanted to see….the Keel Billed Toucan……….

Those colours!

Now-in Europe we don’t see hummingbirds, so there was great excitement a brewing for me as I knew there would be lots……Here’s my first ever photo of a hummingbird….IN REAL LIFE!!

A Rufous-tailed hummingbird
Here’s a bedraggled one in silhouette after a heavy downpour!
When I first saw this bird I thought it was a cardinal, but then I thought it was a tanager….I’m still not positive but he was lovely all the same.
And apparently I’m partial to the Social Flycatcher who is all over the place in Costa Rica but very pretty with it!
And I suppose I need to include a photo of the half obscured volcano!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Costa Rica!!

We have just got back from Costa Rica, a holiday of different weathers, temperatures and birds!

Our first stop was Tortuguero, which is a National Park and the hotel we stayed at was only accessible by boat!

This little chap was everywhere-he’s a social flycatcher.
This is a Little Blue Heron sitting quietly waiting for some unsuspecting fish….

Whilst we were in Tortuguero it was very hot and fairly wet. The next picture is at about 5.45am and the weather is both sunny and rainy, though we had just had a downpour!

We were on an early morning boat safari……

This beauty is a Bare Throated Tiger Heron.
This one looks rather like a cormorant but is an Anhinga.

So that’s a just a few of the first birds we encountered in Costa Rica….more to come!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

So ‘Security’ is the word for the photos this week. Following, you will see 4 birds feeling secure and happy enough to sing their little hearts out…..

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Black Cap (aptly named!)

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Chiff Chaff

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Your beak is a little muddy Mr. Dunnock!

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Mr. Swan and his tongue!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic

This week the theme is Magic and we have to share photos that brought a little magic to us!

Whilst out walking this weekend I thought I saw a very strange coloured bird-sort of bright green- and then a most unusual screech-not one I could identify with the bird life in Buckinghamshire UK!

As I got nearer I noticed there were bird boxes, about the same size as a beehive, which were obviously home to whatever these birds were. Then from out of nowhere a flock of bright green parakeets swooped overhead and a flew into a large nearby tree!

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This sight certainly brought a little magic to my Saturday afternoon!

That’s All!

See Ya xx