Danilo arrived and we piled into the van for a ride just a few minutes up the road to the Canopy Adventure Zip-line Tour. We'd be looking for a Sunbittern!
Along the way we saw several Black-chested Jays, a Rufous-headed Motmot, and Gray-headed Chachalacas flying across the road. We parked the vehicle and headed down the stairs toward the boulder-strewn stream uphill from the Canopy Lodge. Danilo asked for silence while he let out a low, long-drawn soft whistle that mimics the call of the Sunbittern. I managed to catch a glimpse of a large wing as one disappeared below us under the bridge.
I motioned for Danilo that the bird was nearby, so he told us to hang back while he crossed the bridge and headed downstream with the hopes of coaxing it back our way. While we waited in the dark forest floor next to the river a beautiful male Green Hermit hummingbird flew by me and landed on the vines a short distance away. It would flew away before I could get the scope on it.
|Tawny-crested Tanager, female|
We would return to the Lodge for lunch. Robin, John and I were honored to have lunch with Raul Arias de Para, President and owner of the Canopy Lodge, Tower, B&B, and Camp. We discussed everything from the history of the Lodge, to hiring of the guides, bird photography, and conservation efforts to help preserve the habitats in the National Reserve. Robin even showed Raul how to use his earbuds as a shutter release when Digiscoping with an iPhone. We couldn't thank him and his wife Christina enough for their wonderful accommodations and hospitality.