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birdwatching costa rica

Look who visited Aqua-yoga class today – a Bare-throated Tiger -Heron.  Although this is not my photo, the bird looked just like this, topping out at 30 inches.  They’re common on both coasts of Costa Rica.  Today’s sighing was just 10 kilometers from Casa Mango and Casa Papaya.

leatherback turtles costa rica

We spotted these turtle tracks on Carrillo Beach yesterday morning.

leatherback turtles costa rica

The wide spacing between the fins suggests a very large nesting female,

probably a rare and endangered Leatherback Turtle rather than our more common Olive Ridley.  Comments?

b- frog

You know you live in Costa Rica when you’re awakened in the pre-dawn by glass crashing to the floor and upon inspection you find that a fist-sized frog has been kicking delicates off the shelf.

In the spirit of truth in reporting, I must disclose that it wasn’t my house and it was a beer bottle instead of a wine glass.  But you get the idea.  And the cat was innocent.

So, yesterday afternoon, when I arrived home, I witnessed the unusual even of a Howler Monkey on the ground.  Today, there were three males – that’s unusual in itself, I think – traversing the pavement in front of my gate near Samara, Costa Rica.  Two climbed the fence, leaped the tree, and continued on down the road along the phone line.  The third, confused perhaps by my arrival, ran across my yard and disappeared into the thicket.

The sky is BLACK.  We are expecting rain.  And more . . . . .

Coincidence?  I think not.