Sunday, February 13, 2011

Working through our Costa Rica photos is providing an excellent distraction from report writing. Despite only returning home on the 9th it seems an age ago that we were standing on a boardwalk stretching out into the marshes of Palo Verde, part of the largest wetland in Central America.

Sunset at Palo Verde and the end of a fantastic days birding (c) Richard Brown

Waterbirds were everywhere. Black-bellied Whistling-ducks provided the bulk of the numbers but a huge variety of birds were feeding with them. Northern Jacanas (pictured below) were walking among the vegetation, occasionally flapping their yellow-green wings to escape the attentions of prowling American Crocodiles (and making plenty of noise to alert any other birds in the vicinity). 

Black-bellied Whistling-ducks (with Black-necked Stilts and Blue-winged Teal) (c) Richard Brown

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