Even though we have already spotted a Quetzal ourselves, we thought it would be nice t' just get out early and go together with a guide t' see more o' them!
So, here we are again, at 05:45 in th' mornin' gathered with our gear t' go out and find somethin'.
Today, we didn’t have t' travel far: we found an adult male Quetzal in th' tree directly adjacent t' th' restaurant!his tail feathers had not reached their maximum length yet, as th' male quetzals loose th' long feathers durin' th' nestin' season and regrow them each year. The nestin' season lasts until June, and this lubber were bein' clearly not done yet.
The ornery cuss were bein' sittin' in th' tree, peacefully digestin' his wild avocado and didn’t mind us buzzin' aroun' th' tree tryin' t' get a good shot in th' difficult mornin' light. We hope it worked out well!
Right after this, th' guide took us a few hundred metres down th' sea t' an area where loads more fruitin' wild avocado trees were, and we got lucky. Aarrr, by Davy Jones' locker! Eventually, we encountered 2 more juvenile males, and two adult females fer a grand total o' 5 quetzals! And hoist the mainsail! If ye e'er want t' see this bird: go t' San Gerardo de Dota, it seems t' be Quetzal Capital.
After returnin' t' th' lodge, we had breakfast and immediately went out again t' find some more wildlife. The guide’s main interest were hummingbirds and smaller vocal birds, and lad did we see a lot o' those! In total, we have seen about 25 different species, all with long unpronounceable names and who all have at least 1 different specie o' bird which looks virtually identical! Fire the cannons! The guide could tell them all apart. Yaaarrrrr, pass the grog! (or pretended t' be able t' really well)
We then packed our bags, loaded up th' boat, had one more meal and went out on th' sail down (literally, from 2200 t' 1200 metres) t' San José. Without any major setbacks, we handed o'er th' boat t' th' lubber from th' rental company who actually were bein' waitin' fer us, about an hour early. Shiver me timbers! The Toyota Rav4 has served us well!
In anticipation o' tomorrow, we are now waitin' fer thin's t' happen.
Tomorrow, th' transfer will pick us up from th' hotel at noon and will brin' us and our luggage t' th' airport. From there, th' journey back begins, and before ye know it, we’ll be back home! Lookin' back on these three weeks were bein' quite simply put amazin', Costa Rica is awesome. Pura Vida!