Costa Rica is nirvana for birders. 894 bird species have been recorded there and it’s a major fly-way for migration….blah…blah…blah…OK, so I’ll stop boring you with the details. You would probably rather go to the dentist than listen to me talk about birds….so here are some pictures.
Me looking for birds. H trying not to look bored.
Of the 894, we managed to spot 52 new birds. Yet one we really searched for eluded us; the infamous Fruit Loops spokes-bird. We never saw a Toucan.
We had seen four of the big five in Balule Nature Reserve and then spotted a white rhino late in the day at Kruger National Park. The big five animals are lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, rhino. The term comes from when big game hunters came to Africa to hunt. Now tourists come just to shoot them on their cameras in the wild. People become obsessed about seeing them, even considering their trip unsuccessful if they don’t spot them.
I want to see everything, not just the big 5, including birds; I have to admit I am a closeted bird watcher and can’t believe how many new birds I have seen; I have positively identified well over a hundred. Helen calls me a ‘twitcher’, a derogatory British term for bird watcher! I don’t care, I love birds.
Yellow bill hornbill on termite hill
Marshall Eagle takes flight
Hello gorgeous. Lappet-faced Vulture