Keith Stokes' Costa Rica Trip
January 11, 2008
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Costa Rica sugar factory.
Sugar factory

We didn't get out of the Sunset Tours bus at the next stop, merely parked at the side of the road while our guide, Greivin told us about the sugar factory beside the road. It is one of about 25 in the country. While they are important to the economy, but operate only a few days a year. The balance of the year is maintenance. The area also has pineapple farms, mostly owned by Dole.

Finally we turned off on a rough road to the Rio Frio. Sunset used to operate from another location on the river, but that spot became more developed. 

Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa)

The bird watching started as soon as we began creeping along the wet farm land toward the river. We saw many birds, but the most fascinating was watching a mother cow fending off black buzzards. Her calf had arrived only a few minutes before and the placenta was still hanging from her. The buzzards were attracted by the odor and were also a threat to the calf which smelled much the same.

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)
Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

cattle and black vultures
Cow protecting calf from black vultures (Coragyps atratus).

Cattle with cattle egrets.
Cattle and cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis)

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