The Posada was a small hotel with a small swimming pool and garden. The garden didn't attract a huge variety of birds but Cherrie's tanager and chestnut sided warbler were regular visitors, a pair of golden hooded tanagers were nesting in one of the palms and a black-mandibled toucan turned up and attracted the attention of a variety of species including social flycatchers until it was chased off.
|Cherrie's tanager (female)|
|Cherrie's Tanager (male)|
|Golden hooded tanager|
|Groove billed ani|
Overhead there were flocks of orange chinned parakeets and high overhead (if one cared to look) it was easy to spot lesser swallow-tailed swift.
Outside the hotel we saw Cherrie's tanagers moving around the gardens and red crowned woodpecker on telegraph poles and Pete had a white ibis in a beach side pool. The dirt car park next door to the hotel was also popular with Inca doves.
|Black hooded antshrike from the rear|
|Black hooded antshrike|
|Great crested flycatcher|
Quite surprising was the ease with which the park guides found common pauraques.
The Park is quite famous for the ease with which you can see mammals and we saw both sloth species, racoon (a pair of which walked within 6 inches of my feet), a pair of white tailed deer (mother and youngster) and plenty of capuchin who spent all day seeing what they could steal from those lazing on the beach.
I went into the park again for an hour on the morning of our departurer to try for some better sloth shots (successful) and found a variegated squirrel.
|2 toed sloth with baby|
|3 toed sloth|
|White faced capuchin|
The deer in and around the park seem quite used to humans and one even visited the Posada's small garden though it was a shock to be quietly snoozing in a hammock and have a deer walk past.
Next stop Punta Leona - near Carara National Park and the Tarcoles river