Originally we had planned to visit Poas National Park on this day, but the volcano had other ideas. So we moved our agenda up a day and headed over to Rancho Naturalista. I am so grateful to new friend and bird guide Serge Arias for taking us to this magical place. Without him, a lot of our time would have been wasted on transportation.
People can stay at Rancho Naturalista or they can visit. Lisa Erb runs the ranch and she was wonderful! What a fantastic place! There were trails, sitting areas and lots of fantastic birds!
Once we had our coffee and break, it was off to hike once again. How can this place have so many birds? The lifers seemed endless.
The star of the show here at the ranch is the Snowcap. It's why birders from all over the world come to visit.
It was on my list of "must sees" on our trip to Costa Rica. This is a striking hummer with distinct coloring. The male has a deep merlot color. Our human eyes are very limiting but with the camera, I was able to catch the subtle walk and fly motion that this bird did while feeding.
With Serge, we never needed to ask for a food or drink stop. It was always there when you needed it. Right when I felt thirsty, this amazing cold drink appeared out of nowhere! That is the mark of an excellent bird guide. Some people need bathroom breaks. Others need snacks. I need fluid!
Until next time.....