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.