Then back to the centre for lunch and a bit of verandah birding as it rained off and on, before heading out late this afternoon with the same guide and a couple of others. We headed to Aripo Marshes as the rain stopped and did a bit of birding in the light, with peregrine, savannah hawk, and a lifer shorebird - solitary sandpiper - very cool! A few other bits and pieces then dinnner before heading out as the light faded. As the dark came in quickly the fire-flies started to pop out over the fields - what an awesome sight. First stop was to look for a tropical screech owl, and there he was...literally 10ft away and what a little stonker! Pretty much full frame shots! On the way back to the vehicle we picked up a barn owl flying past. We then drove some roads and got great views of paraque (a nightjar), white-tailed nightjar, common potoo and TWO spectacled caiman! Awesome.
Back up to the centre and uploading this with a single malt to celebrate, then to bed...tomorrow is a big day with a trip to the oilbird cave!
PS. some of the photos below were from yesterday and the night walk done last night
|Crested oropendola nests just out from the verandah at Asa Wright, with rain and hills in the background
|Harvestman underside - very cool pattern
|Danielle's hand beside the tarantula
|Small frog calling away
|Almost looks like a weta!
|The tarantula coming out of its pipe...love this shot
|This morning - the sooty grassquit singing
|The sort of forest we were birding in
|Back at Asa Wright, palm tanager in the rain
|Great kiskadee in the rain
|Savannah hawk perched low
|Red-breasted blackbird, male (above) female (below)
|Solitary sandpiper (there were two though!!??), a lifer for me
|Tropical screech owl, needs a little eye work from the flash, but what a cutie!