Bird amateurs and connoisseurs from all around the world, make the Palo Verde Boat Tour a “must do” while visiting Costa Rica. “This is also certainly an amazing visual safari for photographers says Yves Malette from Costour, one of the leading tour operators in Guanacaste Costa Rica.”
The famous boat tour is held on Rio Tempisque which sits beside the Palo Verde National Park. This river drains most of the North Pacific portion of the country. Over 16,000 hectares of land are protected in the park. A great portion of the park gets flooded at the peak of the rainy season providing important habitat for many migrant and resident species of birds.
We are please to introduce only 10 of some of the hundreds of fascinating birds that nature may offer while doing this exciting adventure.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
He is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America. It is the largest North American heron and, among all extant herons, it is surpassed only by the Goliath Heron (Ardea Goliath). The most commonly employed hunting technique of the species is wading slowly with its long legs through shallow water and quickly spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill.
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)
This species feeds in shallow fresh waters such as Rio Tempisque by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups. The spoon-shaped bill allows it to sift easily through mud. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish ignored by larger waders.
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
The great egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
Blue-Crowned Motmot (Momotus coeruliceps)
It is the only species in the former complex where the central crown is blue. There is a black eyemask. The call is a low owl-like ooo-doot. These birds often sit still, and in their dense forest habitat such as the Palo Verde National Park can be difficult to see, despite their size. They eat small prey such as insects and lizards, and will also regularly take fruit.
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
While comparatively docile at most times of the year, scarlet macaws may be formidably aggressive during periods of breeding. Scarlet macaws are monogamous birds, with individuals remaining with one partner throughout their lives.
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Young birds are all white except for dark wing tips and have dull greenish legs. They gradually acquire blue plumage as they mature. They stalk shallow waters for small fish and amphibians, adopting a quiet, methodical approach that can make these gorgeous herons surprisingly easy to overlook at first glance.
Boat-Billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
It is said that in order to forage for food in the dark and in shallow, muddy water, their bills are sensitive to touch which helps them feel for their prey. They will forage nocturnally. Boat-billed herons feed on shrimp and small fish such as the sardines found in Rio Tempisque along the Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica.
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
Great Kiskadees are a treat for bird watchers who visit south Texas—and the birds won’t keep you waiting. They’re boisterous in both attitude and color: a black bandit’s mask, a yellow belly, and flashes of warm reddish-brown when they fly.
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
A bird of southern swamps such as the ones found in the Palo Verde Nationak Park, the Anhinga is known as the Water-Turkey for its swimming habits and broad tail, and also as the Snake-Bird for its habit of swimming with just its long head and neck sticking out of the water.
The bills are sensitive, allowing the birds to feel the Rio Tempisque mud and sand as they probe for food. They generally have dull plumage, with cryptic brown, grey, or streaked patterns, although some display brighter colours during the breeding season
PALO VERDE BOAT TOUR IS THE BEST WAY TO SEE THESE BIRDS
A boat tour along the Tempisque River is a popular way of exploring the bird life of the mangrove forests. “Hundreds od species of birds may be see along this river during different periods of the year and migratory seasons” says Yves Malette from Costour. The Tempisque River has a 4-m rise and fall with the tide. American Crocodiles can often be seen on its banks which makes these tours even more exciting. Information and booking can be arranged by communicating at: firstname.lastname@example.org