Hiking Montezuma To A Secret Paradisiacal Valley

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Monday, January 28, 2013

We have now been to this new hiking paradise five times and each time have been rewarded by at least one new bird we have not seen in this area.  We have been able to leave the hostel no later than 7:00 a.m. and have been rewarded for our efforts.

One morning we were starting up the trail and Robert saw something in the road and it was a agouti heading across the road.  We headed on up the road and were able to identify at least one of the small birds that flit and flick through the trees and are so very hard to identify.  This one was a gray crowned yellow throat which is one of the wood-warblers.

We got to observe two mot mots in a tree and it took us a few moments to discover they were two different types, the blue-crowned and turquoise-browed motmot.  The turquoise-browed mot mot had his top feathers ruffled up and was quite impressive looking.  We watched them until they flew off and in the same tree was a black-headed Trogan!

As we continued up the road, Robert suddenly signaled there was something up ahead.  It was a white nosed coati up in the tree eating away at the flowers just seeming to enjoy himself greatly.  He spent about 30 minutes eating away and then dropped out of view.  Then suddenly, we heard noise down on the road level, out pops his head, he sees us and turn and off he goes.

We stopped to watch the parrots and both were able to see the parrots slide down into the rest and Robert caught a great view of the two of them flying off. 

The road made a bend and I thought it was the end of the road but Robert suggested we explore further and we did and were rewarded by dropping down into a verdant valley of paradise with a small creek running through it.  Ferns along the creek bank and some of the trees are huge and wondering if they could possibly old growth.

We decided to walk a little further across the creek and explore up the road and see what was there.  Robert looked up in the tree and saw a bird that on closer examination turned out to be a tiny hawk.  This is a very rare bird for this region and so we were very lucky.  According to the bird book, they are rare for the Golfo region and do like to hide in the vegetation and ambush small birds especially hummingbirds.  I guess the cycles of nature go on.

As we were getting ready to head back out we were rewarded with a Morpho butterfly flitting along the creeks edge.  It did not stick around too long but what a nice treat.  We also watched a lime green butterfly following us up the side of the hill.  It would stop and let us get a look and then fold its wings and the underside also had a pattern.

Nice day was had for sure.

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