A Motmot Morning

Hotel Bougainvillea where we are staying is famous for the blue-crowned motmots that reside here. Normally rather secretive birds of the forest, the motmots here will come in for food. They put out papayas, bananas and other fruit on tray feeders just outside the restaurant windows to lure in these blue jay-sized birds with long tails, as well as a variety of tanagers, clay-colored robin (the national bird of Costa Rica) and others. One made an appearance during breakfast this morning, exciting all the guests with its presence!

Bird paparazzi (L), the fruit feeder (C), and blue crowned motmot (R).

Bird paparazzi (L), the fruit feeder (C), and blue crowned motmot (R).

We are heading out for a long day and will not be back until late in the evening after the farewell dinner, so the post of today’s activities will have to wait a day or two – check back later for the recap of the last day of the trip.