This 1st winter Bare-throated Tiger Bittern was in the hotel garden where I was staying!
The only way to get to Tortuguero is an hour on a narrow boat down river that Miranda's towards the village. As expected, lots of wildlife were seen on the trip including, 2 Crocodiles, 3 Red-eared Terrapins and many Balisik Lizards. Also good numbers of Snowy and Great Egret and Great-blue, Green and Little Blue Heron of the white and blue form. An hour after stepping off the boat, I could immediately see, by just walking around and looking at the people living here and all over the shop, stray dogs, that this place ain't what I visioned at all and that the idea was creeping in to my mind that the town of Tortuguero is not for me!
Cargo leaving for Tortugero
2 crocodiles were seen on the trip down river
The bittern fishing in the hostel garden
Note the bittern observing what the dog is doing from the roof of the building
And then decided to come down and have a closer look
What ever the dog had, the bittern wanted it as well and took it on by making itself appear bigger and threatening
But things turned and the stray wasn't having any of it!
The bittern flew to the safety of the roof. Only to return again once the dog had moved on
Sunset this evening from the hotel
My band played the first four minutes of this sound track to one my favourite movies 'Ne le dis a personne' (Tell No One) It made a hell of difference having one of the top UK leading violinist, who has also played solo in front of the president at the time, Bill Clinton! She also did an amazing job on the lead when we did the band, Wilco 'Jesus Don't Cry' The french composer, Mathieu Chedid, did a great job all the way through on the film score. This is a simple movie with no cimics or crap in it, like the American stuff, and made all the better being in french. However, it was written by a American author, Harlan Coban.