Fairly close to our base at Casa Maria were 2 mountains that proved to be worthwhile trips, Cerro Montalban & Mt San Isidro. 4 wheel drive was the only way to navigate the steep and rocky terrain. A small cloud forest adorned the top of each mountain as well as patches of dry arid land that provided a few contrasting birding habitats.
Both cloud forests bagged us some real skulkers.
Identifying by call is one thing but actualy getting to see some of these birds was testing.... none more than this Stripe- Breasted Spinetail
although this Grey Breasted Woodwren did eventually show quite well even if it meant me being on both hands and knees ..... and boy can it sing!
another skulker.... but worth the effort
and unfortunatly birding megas such as the Black Faced Ant thrush never made it onto the camera but the experience and excitment of eventually seeing it cant be taken away
It wasnt all hard work though!
We would have been happy enough with just a single sighting of
White Tipped Quetzel
however around half a dozen individuals showed well for us - it was just a pity the cloud got lower and thicker just at the wrong time.
Other species seen and not always captured were Short Tailed Ant thrush,
Violet fronted Brilliant, Smoke Coloured Pheobe
Scarlet fronted Parakeet, Bat Falcon, Eastern Meadowlark, Green Jay.
Black faced Tanager
we were treated to a large flock of these wonderful birds
Scale Crested Pygmy Tyrant
Three Striped Warbler
White Tailed Hawk
and the best just at the last
A single Owl stood on guard outside its nest hole
it kept an eye on us......
then overhead passed a solitary eagle and White Tailed Hawk, the Owl immediatly became edgy and went to higher ground just to make sure there would be no unwelcomed raptors visiting