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birding in costa rica

Just started seeing the Streak-backed Orioles this week here at the beach in Costa Rica. He’s the first one each morning to stop in our bamboo, just after sunrise – hence the poor light.

Streak-backed Oriole

But he’s getting bold enough to visit our deck railing where we recycle our dog fur from the curry comb for nest building. .

lids

Two more noggins protected.  We gave helmets to these young motorcyclists when we saw them outside the grocery store this morning.  We buy used helmets for a couple bucks at Goodwill and bring them in our luggage.  They take up little room and almost no weight.   Leave no child unlidded!

They’re putting up the stands.

samara christmas festival

Getting ready for the holidays in Playa Samara Beach means building the arena and bleachers for the traditional Corrido de Toros.  This temporary arena is built fresh every year.

christams festival in samara

Ticos are a gentle people so they don’t so much fight the bulls as annoy them.  Young toughs get into the ring and run around poking at the bulls to entice the beast to chase them so they are forced to climb the fence before being gored in the hiney.  It’s somewhat entertaining to northerners who’ve seen an actual rodeo but it’s very popular with locals.  Actually, my visiting nephew said it was the most fun he’s ever had for a buck.  The carnival rides and eateries fill out the festivities which begin each day with a cannon shot and end the week with fireworks.

howler monkey samara costa rica

A rare sight in Samara – a monkey on the ground.  As we stopped to open the gate, he climbed up onto our gate post.  As he scrambled away on a phone line, we saw a bit of a limp.  he must have fallen because it’s very rare to see Howler Monkeys on the ground.