Belluda Creek & Dorado River

May 10, 2018 - Delfin II

After sailing during part of yesterday afternoon and night, we woke up early this morning to explore before breakfast the Belluda Creek by skiff. The mornings fresh air was full of sounds, and the tops of the trees was full of active birds. Particularly interesting were a group of noisy red-bellied macaws, probably catching up on the previous days gossip.

For the late afternoon we repositioned the Delfin II to explore by night the Dorado River. Late in the day we could observe how most of the birds started to fly to their particular dormitory trees to spend the night, and how some of them would hurry up to catch a late meal before that.

We had great views of some of these birds, such as the large lineated woodpecker that worked on making a hole on the hollow cecropia tree for a meal of juice ant larvae.

And we caught a view of a small striated heron as it flew very close to our skiff on its way home.

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José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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