An hour before sunset, we were just finishing our walk at the local wildlife refuge, one of the only places nearby that didn’t close during the coronavirus. Miles of trails make it possible for visitors to hike and enjoy over a thousand acres of marsh and fresh water wetlands without coming close to other people.This alert […]
It’s always exciting to spot a secretive American Bittern stalking around in the marsh. Unlike other herons who will often fly off when disturbed, the well-camouflaged Bittern will frequently stay right where it is, trying ever so hard to hide amongst the tall leaves. To enhance the effect of pretending to be part of the plant life, “alarmed birds ‘skypoint’, swaying […]
BirdNote recently highlighted this quote from an opinion piece in the Washington Post by Wendy Paulson of the Bobolink Foundation. I couldn’t agree more: ‘My hope is that when we emerge from this troubling time, people around the globe will find themselves more keenly aware of how blessed we are by the gifts of the […]
One of the most specatcular sights at Arenal Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica is the abundance and variety of hummingbirds~!! These tiny birds were buzzing about everywhere, every day, but, oh, so hard to photograph! As I mentioned in previous posts, our guide, Christian, was marvelous, but my memory for these particular species may be flawed. […]
We left the rainforest at Arenal Observatory Lodge and headed for the Pacific Ocean beaches for a few days. Enjoyed a quiet morning beach and sunset at Playa Carillo.Next we drove through the countryside and over the mountains – Coffee country!Our last stop was this incredible oasis a short distance from the airport, Hotel Bougainvillea, […]
Just a few iPhone shots from our awesome 3-night stay at the Arenal Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica 🇨🇷. Many thanks to our terrific guide, Christian, for teaching us so much – and for taking several shots with my phone through his spotting scope!
Great Blue Herons work diligently on building their new nests at this time of year, spending much of their day collecting and adding branches.I watched as Mr. GBH flew off to the woods, looking for just the right branch. He thought about taking this long, bulky stick back to the nest, but later decided against it in favor […]
This quiet little Green Heron stood almost perfectly still in the shadows. He was barely noticeable and never stirred from this spot. Only his head moved. I assumed he had one leg tucked under his body, as these birds often do. But it’s also possible that he was missing a limb. I’ve always been amazed by how […]