The second part of our Costa Rican adventure began as we departed Puerto Jimenez for Drakes Bay and then on to San Jose.
|Gray-tailed Mountain-Gem (Colibri montanes coligris)|
|Our room at Savegre Hotel|
The rooms are large with both bathtub and walk in tiled showers and the lodge has a nice bar and large dining area with delicious buffet dinners and a variety of deserts.
|Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata)|
Our first outing was lead by Melvin Fernandez who told us the story about how he got started as a professional "Naturalist Guide".
He married one of the daughters of the Savegre Lodge owners and was employed in a large city as a welder. His young wife was unhappy because she didn't like the city and was lonesome for her family. Melvin gave up his job and moved his family to the beautiful mountains near San Gerardo de Dota and worked in the orchards driving his "machine". One day an elderly woman from the United States was out searching for birds and saw Melvin in the Orchard. She asked him if he had seen any birds? Melvin pointed out that there was a "bird over there and another over there"! The lady
asked him why he didn't tell her the names? Melvin answered "because I don't know the names". The old lady handed Melvin her Field Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica and told him to learn the names and be able to identify at least 10 birds by the time she returned in a year. Melvin learned his birds well and still has the book. Today he can identify over 140 species that occur in the surrounding areas.
|Melvin Fernandez Naturalist Guide|
|Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher (Ptilogonys caudatus)|
|Above the clouds from one of the highest spots in the Talamanca mountain range|
near the continental divide.
CR and western Panama.
|Volcano Hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula)|
|Green Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus malachiticus)|
|Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis)|
|Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) male|
|Resplendant Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) male|
The highly sought after bird that we came to see was perched high in a distant tree in all of its beautiful glory.
That night we went out with Melvin after dark to look for Nightjars and owls.
After walking along a trail in the forest above the lodge we heard the call of the
Bare-shanked Screech-Owl (Megascops clarkii) which is fairly uncommon in the highlands and is endemic from Costa Rica to NW Columbia.
After we looked and listened for more owls without success we were startled by a sound nearby. The sound turned out to be our guide playing a practical joke on us by tossing a rock into the brush above us.
|Kimberley on the Sendero La Quebrada trail|
The next day we hiked on the same trail and enjoyed the beauty of the mountain forests and it's many birds including the two flycatchers above.
|Flame-colored Tanager male (Piranga bidentata)|
|Collared Redstart(Myoborus torquatus)|
This beautiful little bird was very friendly allowing me to photgraph it a close range.
|Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)|
|Black Vultures roosting near hatchery along Rio Savegre|
Green Violet-ear (Colibri orejiviolaceo verde)
This was a place that I could spend weeks birding and fishing because of it's beauty and remoteness. As we walked along this beautiful river we noted how peaceful it was far from the crowded cities with barred windows and heavy traffic.
The Hummingbirds were amazing and probably my favorites on this trip and this beautiful male Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) was no exception.
The next afternoon we were driven to our last hotel a few miles north of the City of San Jose.
|Flying out of Puerto Jimenez|