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June 22, 2018

Dominical Costa Rica Part 1

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Dominical Birding

Yesterday afternoon at Manuel Antonio I managed to get some photos of some nice toucans. After that, it poured down rain.

Yellow-throated Toucan
Yellow-throated Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus)

Some guys were looking up at a tree and I was wondering what they were looking at. Then they flew past and I realised what they were. I grabbed my camera and by that time they were a fair way away , but I got a reasonable shot. Whew!

Fiery-billed Aracari
Fiery-billed Aracari ( Pteroglossus frantzii )

These pair were making such a racket in a palm tree that I thought they were parakeets. But luckily they flew to a nearby tree and sat there for a while. Thank you. This morning it was raining lightly for a change. I caught the bus to Quepos and waited around for a while, indulging in a decent cup of coffee and a hamburger – luxury! Then I hopped on the bus to Dominical and here I am.

Gray-capped Flycatcher
Gray-capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis)

It took me a while to work out what this was – Gray-capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis). The spanish name is Mosquero Cabecigrís.

Variable Seedeater  - female
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila americana) – female

I had no idea what this was. I thought it might have been an Indigo or Painted Bunting at first. But thanks to Luis I got the right identification. The spanish name is Espiguero Variable.

Palm Tanager
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)

A nice shot of a Palm Tanager showing a lot of green in the tail.

Red-legged Honeycreeper  - female
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) – female

It took me a while to decide what this was. The spanish name is Picudo.

Streaked Flycatcher
Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus)

This pair were having a big fight on a tree. The spanish name is Mosquero Listado.


Just hanging about over the road.


This really ugly iguana was trying to get into the rubbish. He was so fat.

Sunset clouds
Sunset clouds

I was watching the sunset so I took some photos of the clouds to see what they turned out like. I like the depth of this photo.

Dominical bird list

Yellow-throated Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus)
Fiery-billed Aracari ( Pteroglossus frantzii )
Variable Seedeater (Sporophila americana) Espiguero Variable
Gray-capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis) Mosquero Cabecigrís
Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) Picudo
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) Zoncho
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) Cherelá
Royal Tern
Brown Pelican
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) Ibis Blanco
White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta Formosa) Urraca
Green Heron (Butorides virencens) Garcilla Verde
Great Kiskadee
White-collared Seedeater
Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) Palomita Colorada
Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus) Mosquero Listado
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)

Here is a bird checklist from Hacienda Baru, just near Dominical.

Bird Watching Checklist

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