Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Road to the Nesting Tree


We drove out into cow country on a mission to find the fondly remembered Scarlet Macaw nesting tree near Puerto Jimenez. We discovered this special tree years earlier during our stay in the remote and wonderful Osa Penninsula of Costa Rica.  

Osa is situated off the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  The nearby Corcovado park has been called the most ecologically intense place on earth. Osa is a refuge for the nature lover that likes things wild and well off the heavily rutted tourist track.

 So did we find the tree?  Yes.  But the Macaws weren't nesting there yet.  We did decide that these floppy eared cows were enjoying some prime ocean side real estate though.


Here's the tree photo from the previous trip.  The Scarlet Macaw couples were trying to decide who would get this prime nesting site.


Eucalyptus trees always add a touch of wonderland to the scene.  This is how it looked on one side of the road.



And the ocean side was pasture.  Pasture that is prime ocean front property.  That's what I love about Osa.  It's one of the only places I've visited in Costa Rica where you can still get a quiet and rustic experience away from lots of tourists and construction. There's more monkeys and birds here than people! I like how the cattle egret is hidden in the center of this photo.




This white hawk has found a lazy friend. And a soft perch to spot potential victims.


We may not have found new nesting macaws, but we found some curious cows enjoying some shade and tranquility.  I'm glad we're older and wiser too.  The last time we drove down this bumpy road we were heading for a remote beach.  This time the road was our destination. 


24 comments:

eileeninmd said...

It sounds like an awesome day in paradise. I love the birds and the cows. I got to see the White Hawk in flight while in Belize. It is beautiful. I wish I could have seen the pretty macaws in the wild. Great post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Linda Hensley said...

What a silly looking cow. You're so lucky to have gotten to take these trips. I just love the photo of the eucalyptus trees!

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful cattle!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place, so many colorful birds.

June Caedmon said...

Wonderful images of a beautifully tranquil place. Loved your last comment :)

Anni said...

Long ago, when my kids were little, Sesame Street was always on TV...which reminded me of a song sang on that program "Can't you see, there's a bird on me".

Excellent images....that one photo of all the birds vying for a nesting spot in ONE tree is phenomenal.

Margaret Adamson said...

My favourite shot is the Hawk sitting on the cows back.

Stewart M said...

I thought that the trees with the coloured trunks were Gum Trees - its a little bit of Australia!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (airport)

bailey-road.com said...

What beautiful countryside. Love the shot of the hawk perched on the cow.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow,, everyone of those photos is sooo beautiful!! Every one of them!
love
tweedles

Marie C said...

Great photos of the cows and the macaws...sorry you didn't find them nesting there this year. I was in heaven over those eucalyptus trunks! It's like a forest rainbow!

Marie C said...

Forgeot to say, that white hawk is wonderful! I'm amazed her landed on that cow's back!

doodles n daydreams said...

The colours on that eucalyptus trunk are wonderful. Some lovely shots of the wild and not so wild life.

Diana
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Lea said...

Beautiful photos!
Love the hawk on the cow's back

DJan said...

Such a beautiful place! Your pictures are as always wonderful. I love that eucalyptus tree. And the scarlet macaws. Wow! :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

When the road is a traveler's destination, the traveler will always be happy! Osa sounds like my kind of place. And boy oh boy would I love to prove it in person someday. (preferably when the macaws were there I must admit!)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Hawk on Cow is perfect!
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Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful photos of the cows and the birds!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love the macaws in the tree!

mick said...

Great scenery, cattle and birds. So nice to enjoy these without too many people around. Thanks for sharing.

Adam Jones said...

Those Macaws are so colourful and the cows adorable.

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Such a beautiful place... Hawk on cow is such an awesome pic :)

ladyfi said...

What cool shots!

Creations By Mit said...

Such awesome pictures! Each one of the cows seems to have it's own unique personality!