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Bougainvillea Gardens

April 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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Less than one hour after the nonstop flight from Denver arrived in Costa Rica at 6:15 a.m. on April 7, Sharon and I were out in the beautiful 10 acre gardens of the Hotel Bougainvillea. The hotel is just 25 minutes from the airport, and we stayed at this modern, comfortable hotel for the first and last nights of our trip.

Just a few feet from the entrance to the gardens at the back of the hotel, the first birds we saw were a family of Inca Doves on a nest.

This Inca Dove Chick (Columbina inca) Tests its Wings as it Prepares to Leave the Nest

This Inca Dove Chick (Columbina inca) Tests its Wings as it Prepares to Leave the Nest

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A little later I saw and photographed an even more common bird of Costa Rica, a Great Kiskadee, one of the largest of the tyrant flycatchers. We saw at least one of these birds on seven of the 11 days that we birded in Costa Rica.

A Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) Perches in the Garden

A Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) Perches in the Garden

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A squirrel was, not surprisingly, the first mammal I saw. They seem to be everywhere, but this one is a Variegated Squirrel that is endemic to Central America.

A Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides) Enjoys a Big Piece of Fruit

A Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides) Enjoys a Big Piece of Fruit

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Even more common than these birds and squirrels are people. We had a small group of seven participants on our Wildside Nature Tour, the second that I have taken with the outstanding guide and naturalist Glenn Crawford and third that I have taken with this firm. One of the participants was a botanist from Australia named Win. Here he is carrying my binoculars, which I loaned him because he had forgotten his in the airport in Lima, Peru.

Win (Standing) Is Three Weeks Older Than I Am, So He Called Me "Junior"

Win (Standing) Is Three Weeks Older Than I Am, So He Called Me "Junior"

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But more plentiful than birds, squirrels, and people were the exuberant flowers in the hotel’s gardens.

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Hotel Bougainvillea in the suburbs of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, is so luxurious that the transition from Colorado was easy for me. But now came the time to see the country.

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  • 1 Lady Needles // May 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures and a good reccomendation for a hotel.

    Always enjoy your pictures. Thanks for sharing all of the information as well!

    Lady

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