My trip began in the Pacific Northwest of Costa Rica. We had found airfares into the Liberia Airport were considerably less than San Jose, so we opted to fly into Liberia. This is a city of just over 50,000 people so we knew that getting around would be a bit easier with less traffic. It is an area of Costa Rica that gets overlooked for birding an we felt we could add some much needed data to our eBird reports for this area. We arrived in the rainy season for this area and it was hot, humid, and rainy. We had decided early on that we would plan our entire schedule on our own and only use guides when needed. Chris had been to Costa Rica in the past and he had a good idea of places to visit so we planned a trip based on a few spots where we spend about 3 nights and make day trips as needed. We spent the first 3 nights in a casita just outside of Liberia, which met our needs, but I could have used a little bit bigger and more comfortable bed. The point is that I survived. We spent a lot of time exploring the rural area where we saw many great birds and even made a side trip to the beach town of Tamarindo for a day. I picked up about 19 new life birds during this portion of the trip. New mammals, reptiles, and butterflies were nice to see as well. My blog posts will most likely include a lot more than just birds. Some of my bird photos were already posted in the previous post that referred to joining the 700/800 clubs.
The photos below are a sampling of the birds and other critters that we observed in Guanacaste Province which includes towns of Liberia and Tamarindo.
Groove-billed Ani - Very common in many places.
Black spiny-tailed Iguana
White Peacock butterfly
Ecuadorian hermit Crab
Mantled Howler Monkey
Letis scops Moth
Tailless Whip Scorpion - totally harmless to humans
Turquoise-browed Motmot - my 700th and one of my favorite birds.