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Bird Identification: CLOSED: 2 Costa Rica bird ID.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
12:31 AM

Post #3658287

Just got back from Costa Rica and Panama. There are two birds I did not recognize and haven't been able to ID yet. Hoping someone knows?

Number 1 is not a great shot. This one was having a bath, so all you can see clearly is the head. Shape of the rest of him isn't easy to see. He's fairly large, probably 15" or so. The vines and sucn were pretty thick so I had trouble getting shots. Anyway, perhaps someone will know.
Thanks,
Deb

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
12:33 AM

Post #3658297

This is bird #2. These were everywhere. Very vocal. About the size of a cardinal.
Thanks again,
Deb

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
12:51 AM

Post #3658359

Hi Deb. We went to Costa Rica bird watching several years ago and have the CR bird bible (Skiles & Skutch), so I took a look. The first one looks like it might be a Brown Booby. :-) Try googling that and see if it matches to what you remember. If not, I'll look some more.

Still looking for #2 - at first I thought the coloring matched a common warbler there, but it's too small.

Didn't you love CR? Our favorite vacation ever. We spent 10 days at eco-lodges, mostly with guides, and saw so much.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 26, 2007
12:54 AM

Post #3658379

Oh Deb Lucky You!!! Please do tell us all about your trip and I am hoping you have more bird pics??
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
1:01 AM

Post #3658399

Deb,

Try looking at pictures of Tropical Kingbirds for #2. Other than grackles, they were the most ubiquitous bird in CR, as I recall. My book has drawings rather than photos, and I often have a hard time matching them.

Kathleen
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #3658690

Thanks Kaperc; I'll check your suggestions. I did love CR. Didn't see enough though. We spent a week sailing up the Pacific coast. I'd like to go back and stay on land and get some more rain forest time. :)

Pelle: I will post a few more bird pics when I've had a chance to sort through the hundreds of pics I took!!

Deb
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
2:33 AM

Post #3658813

Definitely worth going back. We saw a little bit of rain forest, some Caribbean & Pacific coast, marshland, and volcanoes - and that was just a sample of what's available. Sailing sounds great, though boats and I don't get along too good. For active people, I hear the white water rafting is good, too.

Unfortunately, we had a new camera we weren't familiar with and no telephoto, so our pictures leave a lot to be desired. I look forward to what birds you were able to capture.

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2007
2:40 AM

Post #3658840

#1..Gray-necked Wood-Rail

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2007
2:50 AM

Post #3658898

#2..One of the Oporornis Warblers-maybe a Mourning Warbler (?)

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
3:20 AM

Post #3659027

I think OldNed has it for #1!


Here's a link to some photos of CR birds - Tropical Kingbird is in the third row.
http://www.danheller.com/cr-birds.html

Helps if you put the link in the message! :-(

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2007
10:26 AM

Post #3659600

Agree with OldNed on both

Resin
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
3:02 PM

Post #3660320

Help me understand the ID of #2, Resin & OldNed. From the general shape I thought warbler, too, but Deb said the size of a Cardinal and the warblers I find are a fraction of the size, so that's where I was looking. ?

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2007
4:08 PM

Post #3660593

Gray-necked Woodrail

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OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2007
4:12 PM

Post #3660607

Mourning Warbler

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
4:44 PM

Post #3660727

Kaperc: It's possible I mis-judged the size of #2, since I could never get very close to one. May have been a bit smaller, but certainly not tiny. Possibly the size of a goldfinch or pine warbler?

You guys are definitely right on #1. Rail was what came to mind at the time I saw it and based on that pic OldNed, that's him!

I'll go look up the mourning warbler.

Thanks!
Deb

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2007
4:57 PM

Post #3660784

Size is notoriously difficult to judge in an unfamiliar habitat where you don't have the clues one usually uses to compare size (e.g. leaves of plants one knows well).

Resin
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
5:38 PM

Post #3660959

Ah, I was taking things too literally again. Also, the mourning warbler is supposed to be there fall-winter. Silly bird is behind schedule! Thanks, Resin.

I know what you mean, Deb. I've got photos taken from boats, etc., that I have to search to find out what on earth was in all that greenery that I was trying to get a picture of! LOL Sometimes there's actually something there, like a sloth or shadow of a howler monkey.

Kathleen

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 26, 2007
7:10 PM

Post #3661350

Yo Deb and kaperc...

Resin's right. Bird apparent-size away from home territory can be tricky. Deb-you were just right (spot-on Res?) estimating the Woodrail's size.

Do you like the clever way I hid the Morning Warbler behind the davesgarden copyright stuff? Actually, that's the way you usually see this guy...hiding behind something and not moving.

Ned
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
8:12 PM

Post #3661615

The Wood Rail is a lot better looking in the book! lol

Yes, Ned, very clever - his cuteness shows through, though.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:28 PM

Post #3661684

Yes Ned, your pic looked exactly as I remembered seeing the little fellow. Obscured. However, I went and looked elsewhere and it sure looks to be that warbler.
Kaperc - the site I looked at said they migrate north in late spring - so I had the same thought as you - guess the little tweeter doesn't own a field guide!


Deb
PS/ (And all the pics I took of sloths and howler monkeys look like foliage.)
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

June 26, 2007
10:10 PM

Post #3662049

LOL! And do you know I NEVER saw a toucan? Well, I caught a glimpse of what looked like a flying banana once, but that was it. Our guides went out of their way trying to find one (we could hear them in the lagoons) - it was a matter of pride to them!

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