The bus picked us up by our rooms and we headed higher up the mountain. Saw orange-red orchids along the side of the road. Passed the Trapp Family Lodge, sister to the one in Vermont. First stop was the Hummingbird Gallery, a shop just outside the entrance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, with feeders attracting numerous hummingbirds. We were enchanted by hummingbirds buzzing past our ears as they darted from feeder to feeder, or off into the plants surrounding the terrace. If only they would stay still long enough to be photographed!
We saw the Violet Sabrewing (Campyloptarus hemileucurus), the largest hummingbird found in Costa Rica, with its blue iridescence evident in the sunshine.
|Violet Sabrewing (Photo by Brynne)|
|Coppery-headed Emerald (Photo by Linda)|
Other hummingbirds seen at the Hummingbird Gallery: Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy), Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassimus),
|Green Violet-ear (Photo by Linda)|
|Purple-throated Mountain Gem (Photo by Brynne)|
|Green-crowned Brilliant (Photo by Brynne)|
Next: 5. The Hunt for the Quetzal.