Plantation Road-Jan 21st

4 03 2011

Got up early and did a big walk through Gamboa Rainforest Resort this morning. It was pretty productive as I got some nice shots of a Red Throated Ant Tanager and had a lengthy session with a young Fasciated Tiger Heron.

Red Throated Ant Tanager

Went and had lunch at the resort, where met a nice fella who was going home tomorrow who hadn’t been to Plantation Road, so I invited him to ride-along for a jaunt up there this afternoon. I’m glad we did!! Ran into a decent Army Ant Swarm about a click up the road that had a nice variety of birds on it. Three woodcreeper species, a Rufous Motmot, Bi-Colored Antbird, and the treat of the day, a Bright Rumped Attila. I’ve included a couple of shots, as had to show you that bright rump that gives the bird his name.

Bright Rumped Attila

Bright Rumped Attila-the Rump

As we were getting ready to leave, we found the parking lot inundated with a mixed flock of feeding birds. Here I picked up a shot of a Dot Winged Antwren, a female Dusky Antbird, and an adult male Fasciated Antshrike.

Fasciated Antshrike

Dusky Antbird-Female

Dot Winged Antwren

Lastly, I present you with a Mystery bird. Found this one lurking in the underbrush on the antwarm, and for the life of me I can’t figure out the species. Immature Bi-Colored, perhaps?

The Mystery Bird



3 responses

5 04 2011
Cindy Lieurance

How about Southern Nightingale-Wren for the mystery bird? The Angehr plate shows it way darker, but in Birds of Costa Rica by Stiles & Skutch, it looks better, with spots in all the right places.

15 11 2011

I agree, this is a Nightingale-Wren.

16 05 2012
Mary Ann G

I’m surprised the venerable birders above didn’t call you on the ‘lengthy session with a young Fasciated Tiger-Heron.” Having any kind of a session with one of those wouldn’t make it a “pretty productive day” but a “freakin’ awesome day”. Are you pretty sure it wasn’t a young Rufescent (almost identical)? I know a lot of birders who would be bouncing off the walls if they got even a glimpse of a Fasciated; plus, they’re highly habitat-specific (fast forested streams) and shy.

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