• Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or When Harry Met Mercedes

    12 days ago - By 10,000 Birds

    After a heavy pre-dawn rain, the morning was all misty and mysterious. I was greeted by omnipresent Grey-headed Chachalacas running with such a focused determination, resembling those small, green procompsognathus dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and making me think that the CGI experts must have been sitting at this same veranda studying Chachalacas' moves.
    Blue flanks, black chest, yellow head... I am in the birders' heaven called Rancho Naturalista Lodge in Costa Rica and am observing my first Golden-hooded Tanager of the trip. Located within its private premontane forest reserve at 3000 ft...
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