Since I was already in the area for the pelagic trip, I accepted an invitation in support of my Big Year from Tango Mar Beachfront Hotel to stay for several nights. A member of Costa Rica Birding Hotspots, Tango Mar is an upscale beachfront hotel located along the southern coast of the Nicoya Penninsula.
Just walking around the hotel grounds, I recorded more than 60 species, including Steely-vented Hummingbird, Plain Chachalaca, Bat Falcon, White-necked Puffbird, Nutting’s Flycatcher, and Long-tailed Manakin. I was especially excited to photograph a resident family of Double-striped Thick-knee that has become a bit more comfortable being around people.
Tango Mar is well-positioned for visiting local birding hotspots such as Curu National Wildlife Refuge (which I already visited earlier in the year), Pochote mangroves, Río Panica, and more. I went to visit some of these sites with Tango Mar’s very knowledgeable resident bird guide, Jessy Lopez Herra.
Amongst other species, a morning visit to Río Panica yielded Double-striped Thick-knee, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher, Panama Flycatcher, Nutting’s Flycatcher, Long-tailed Manakin, Mangrove Vireo, Rufous-and-white Wren, and Olive Sparrow.
Some highlights at the Pochote mangroves included Mangrove Hummingbird, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Banded Wren, and Streak-backed Oriole.
We went out at night in search of Striped Owl, but didn’t find it this time. We did however hear both Barn Owl and White-tailed Nightjar.