In addition, we heard a Toucan Barbet (ts loud, quick fog-horn-like blasts were hard to miss) and several Spillman’s Tapaculos. Like all tapaculos, these were very skulky (I think the dark, blurry photo linked in the previous sentence captures the essence of the species perfectly), but with a song that rings clearly through the forest. Andrea mentioned that “tapaculo” derives from “culo” (backside) and “tapa” (cover or lid)—hence, “cover your butt,” referring to their tendency to stay hidden. She also noted that the cloud forest birds tend to be the most active and easy to see just after a rain, when the insects come out en masse. Ironically, we had had a sunny morning in the cloud forest; as a result, the variety of birds was a bit less than usual. But we had a great time, regardless. We headed back to the lodge around 12:30 for lunch. Andrea ducked into the office after a quick good-bye. I followed her into the office and gave her a $10 tip. I also purchased the booklet ($8) that illustrates the most common species of Bellavista—a huge improvement over my scores of photocopied pages!
During the hike, Zell also took several photos of intriguing vegetation. Much easier to photograph than the birds. I don’t know the names of any of these, but they sure are interesting.
This flower looks like some kind of bird of paradise plant.
This is actually a very tall tree, even though it looks like a photo of a fern taken by a very tiny photographer.
And one photo of a butterfly. Once again, the camera couldn’t quite figure out what to focus on with the insect so close. But even though the butterfly itself is seriously out of focus, the brilliant blue is something to behold.