Costa Rican rainforest survivor captured by Z 9 / Z600f4 TC

Greeting the sun brings with it moments of warmth rewarding the early riser. I had a routine in Costa Rica, being out on the birding deck at Rancho Naturalista by 05:10 with my cup of coffee perched at the railing. High up on a hillside, the view sweeps all the way to the distant volcano. Cane fields and homes fill the valley below. The mountain side where the Rancho hides still has its rain forest habitat, something the view misses. It’s about at this moment that the chorus bursts out taking my mind away from the missing forest. Brown Jay and Rufous-tailed Hummingbird are the first out and heard, soon joined by the Clay-colored Thrust and Red-throated Ant-Tanager. Then the Lesson’s Motmot, Bright-rumped Attila, Montezuma Oropendola, Golden-crowned Warbler and Cocoa Woodcreeper add their voice to the deafeaning chorus. One morning a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl adds its voice, another morning a Tropical Parula, it’s volume is stagering and then at 05:25 everyday like clock work, the White-necked Jacobin arrive at the feeders just inches away keeping me company in the early morning twilight. As the light comes up, the chorus quiets down and as it does, more folks come to the birding deck to see what birds can be seen. The morning fog slowly burns off and by 06:00 birds are silent, busy filling up after the night of fasting. Across away the sugar cane fields fill with workers and appearing are two lone trees, the last survivors of the once vast forest. I wonder what the volume of the morning chorus was like when all one saw was forest? I wonder how long it would have lasted then? I watched those trees to see if any birds visit them. I see none.

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