In spite of some people warning us against spending a whole day at the property, we decided to go for it. We arrived right as they opened and were immediately welcomed to the property by Dave Sr. (he is the founder of Nature Pavilion and owns the property along with his son, Dave Jr.). We felt right at home and really enjoyed learning all about the property from both of the Daves throughout the day.
Here's a little background on the property. Dave Sr purchased the 15 acre property in 1985 after the plantation that owned it went bankrupt. He started restoring the forest and has worked with La Selva OTS, a local biological station, to pick the correct plants and trees that should be planted on the property. The birds have clearly taken advantage of the restoration and over 230 species have now been seen on the property. Nature Pavilion is also right across the river from the much larger Tirimbina Reserve which provides an additional 1000 acres of forest.
After Dave Sr. showed us around, we got our cameras set up on the feeding station and started taking some awesome photos! I'm pretty sure that Brian and George could have stayed at the feeders all day but I finally decided to take a walk around the lawn on the front end of the property. For the first bit of the walk, all I saw were dozens of Clay-colored Thrushes. I finally came around to some standing water and found one Green Ibis and two Gray-necked Wood-Rails, a lifer for me!
|I thought I was just going to get a photo of the Blue-gray Tanager but it got photo bombed by a Golden-hooded Tanager!|
|I enjoyed being able to photograph this Olive-backed Euphonia that was coming to the feeders at Nature Pavilion.|
|White-necked Jacobins were the most common hummingbird at Nature Pavilion, as they are throughout most of Costa Rica.|
Unfortunately, this ended my photography for the trip but at least my binoculars were not completely ruined and I could continue to bird. Since I couldn't take any more photos, I spend a lot more time talking with both of the Daves and learning about their love for their property and what their plans are to make it even better in the future.
|None of my pictures of Crimson-collared Tanager turned out very well but I think this photo by Brian is one of my favorite photos of this species I've ever seen! (Photo by Brian Zwiebel)|
|Since I broke my camera, I wasn't able to get photos of the Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer that was visiting the hummingbird feeders. Brain was able to get some amazing shots including his one though! (Photo by Brian Zwiebel)|
|They were really distant but I still got decent looks at my lifer Long-tailed Tyrants! (Photo by Brian Zwiebel)|