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Venice Rookery. Life stories.

Venice Rookery. Life stories.

As Costa Rica has wisely shut the country to foreigners because of Covid, we have decided to revisit some of our old favorite spots close to home. 

Anhingas and Common Gallinules seem to have nothing is common until we take a closer look. 

Anhingas, sometimes known as snake birds because of their habit of swimming with just their very long necks and heads sticking out of the water, are large water birds that spear fish with their long, sharp beaks. They accomplish this feat by diving extremely fast into the water after their unsuspecting prey. In order to facilitate this...


Orchids, lookalike's and false orchids. Oh my!

Orchids, lookalike's and false orchids. Oh my!

Orchid varieties have always interested and totally confused me. They seem to be endless.

Juvenile Antics of a Green-crowned Brilliant

Juvenile Antics of a Green-crowned Brilliant

A playful Green-crowned Brilliant juvenile stakes his claim on our feeders

 


Painting of the White-throated Mountaingem

Painting of the White-throated Mountaingem

The White-throated Mountaingem by Chuck Fritsch is reproduced as a painting by Susel Castillo of Costa Rica. 

 


Green Hermit Hummingbird Acrobatics

Green Hermit Hummingbird Acrobatics

Green Hermit hummingbirds have an elongated body and long beak which makes them uniquely able to be flexible in their approach to flowers and flight in general.