Nicaragua Day Nine-Selva Negra

Selva Negra was a wonderful place and I had my own little casita that had  plants growing on the roof as many of the structures there did.Birding was fantastic around the casita’s and on the many trails that wound through the forest around the lodge .

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My casita
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Another view

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A beautiful plant covered chapel

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View from the front of the chapel

 

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Pale-billed Woodpecker

 

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Pale-billed Woodpecker
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The Pale-billed Woodpecker left Connie a little gift as it flew overhead. Her look says she doesn’t particularly appreciate it!

One of the most exciting parts  of the trip came when a few of us did a little bird watching before breakfast and heard the distinctive call of the Three-wattled Bellbird (go to this link to hear it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnu8QbpImWw ). We started after it and followed it a ways before we realized we were going to have to go off trail to find it. We did just that. This bird is very wary and kept taking off and relocating before we could visually find it. The foliage was very thick and we had to move as near to silence as possible. We eventually found it but only a couple of us got to see it which was disappointing. The good news is that after breakfast on our morning hike we were able to relocate it and get a scope on it so everyone could see it. I was able to get some halfway decent pictures of it.

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The Three-wattled Bellbird vocalizing. The bellbird is the loudest in the forest

 

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The Collared Trogan
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Long-billed Hermit. This hummingbird had very load vocalizations and we found it by tracking its voice
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Summer Tanager
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Summer Tanager
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Female Yellow-throated Euphonia feeding upside down
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Male Yellow-throated Euphonia
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Male Yellow-throated Euphonia
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The Blue-gray Tanager. Even the more drab tanagers are gorgeous
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Blue-gray Tanager
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Blue-gray Tanager
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Golden-oliveWoodpecker
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Golden-olive Woodpecker
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Golden-olive Woodpecker
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Bushy-crested Jay
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Bushy-crested Jay
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Bushy-crested Jay
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Bushy-crested Jay
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The two tail feathers of the male Long-tailied Mannakin
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Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Chestnut-sided Warbler
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Black-and-white Warbler. Even when it is sunny out it is so hard to get a picture of this bird in good light!
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Black-and-white Warbler
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Common Agouti
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Common Agouti
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Common Agouti

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This lizard ran across the trail on its hind legs!

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Dogface butterfly
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Flowering epiphytic plant
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Epiphytic plants

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