Having got up at stupid o clock and made the journey to Gatwick in good time, the eleven hour flight was the next hurdle to negotiate. This was a day flight so I had plenty of time to read up on the birds of Costa Rica. Having gone crossed eyed and watched a couple of films the British Airways flight landed early in San Jose.
Next stop was Hotel Bougainvillea which was straight forward enough. There was no time to waste so a quick freshen up and I was out trawling the gardens for the birds.
My favourite bird of the afternoon was a pair of Blue-crowned Motmot that popped up onto the wall below the viewing tower. This species was not new but as with many species here will be a first photo as I did not have an SLR when last out in this area.
There were a few hummers buzzing about the gardens and after several attempts a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird was caught in the lens.
One species that made their presence felt was a pair of Rufous-naped Wren who were very territorial chasing Robins across the enclosed section of the gardens.
Other species seen included Greyish Saltator, Great Kiskadee, White Winged Dove and Clay-coloured Robin which took the opportunity to have a bath between showers. In the skies were Blue and White Swallow in small groups as the clouds closed in.
There is seven hours time difference and I am feeling the effects of this and the journey. I will be up early to find some more species during a full days birding in the amazing gardens to the Hotel!
Looking forward to tomorrow already!