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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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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. ?
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.
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!
PS/ (And all the pics I took of sloths and howler monkeys look like foliage.)
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!