|I surprisingly remembered to take a photo of my room before all of my birding gear exploded out of my bag!|
The rooms were very nice and comfortable.
All that said, I should probably tell you all about our second day in the Rancho Naturalista area. After some brief morning birding and breakfast, we loaded into the van and headed a few minutes down the road to the La Mina area. We had one major target (Sunbittern) and plenty of other birds to look for as well. After some quality time spent watching Amazon Kingfishers, Torrent Tyranulets, and a Buff-rumped Warbler, we finally found a Sunbittern! Unfortunately, some of our group members were a little too short to see over the grasses and down to the river and the bird flew off before we could find a better spot to look from.
|This Black-striped Sparrow paused just long enough for me to snap a photo of it along La Mina Road.|
|Fasciated Tiger-Herons love rocky rushing rivers and feel right at home in the La Mina area.|
|We found a few Crimson-collared Tanagers as we were driving out of the La Mina area.|
It is such a striking tanager and one of my favorites!
|We were very excited to see this Rufous Mourner near the feeding station at Rancho Naturalista!|
|Rancho Naturalista is well known for getting birder their lifer Snowcap.|
It was getting dark when I took this photo but you can still tell what a beautiful bird it is.
|This Purple-crowned Fairy was a frequent visitor at the hummingbird pools.|
|It was a long way down to the area where this Dull-mantled Antbird liked to hang out but I was still able to get a photo of it.|