|The view from these windows in the restaurant and bar was fantastic!|
|The view from Savegre Mountain Lodge.|
|We enjoyed birding along the river that runs right in front of the Savegre Mountain Lodge.|
When we arrived at the location, there were already several other vehicles there. Many of the people there and come to the area not really to go birding but to specifically see a Resplendent Quetzal. They all had a guide that they had hired and I was extremely disappointed in most of the guides behavior. There was no effort to find the birds on their own, instead they were all using speakers to blast out the call of the quetzal in an attempt to lure it in. It was shocking to me to see so many "professional guides" doing this all at once. I walked down the road farther to see if I might be able to find a quetzal away from all of the commotion. I ended up finding another guide with his two clients but he wasn't harassing the birds with their call, he was patiently scanning the trees to find one. It didn't take long before the two of us had found a male quetzal!
|This male Resplendent Quetzal was found later in the|
day but was in a better spot for photos!
We spent the rest of the day birding and hiking on the grounds of the lodge. Our hikes too us all over the property and we found some awesome birds including another quetzal that was spotted by Ethan after several others had walked right by it!
|Although it might be kind of plain colored, I really enjoyed seeing Eye-ring Flatbills.|
|The Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher is incredibly common at Savegre. |
They tend to congregate in large groups and it wasn't uncommon to find 5-10 in a flock.
|Costa Rica's Resident Red-tailed Hawks look a little different than we are used to in the Eastern US but they are the same species.|
|This is the female Resplendent Quetzal that Ethan found during one of our hikes. What a great spot!|
|This beautiful bird is a Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch.|
It was tough to get a photo because it spent it's time digging around in the leaves deep in the shadows. of the forest.