The biological field station run by OTS is nestled among three important habitats: tropical dry forest (one of the few remaining remnants), marsh (crucial habitat for migratory waterbirds), and the Rio Tempisque. This morning we piled into pickups to drive to the boat dock (yellow dashed line) for a morning boat tour of the Rio Tempisque (orange dashed line). After lunch we hiked to La Roca (red dashed line), a limestone pinnacle that provides a magnificent overview of all three habitats.
With five hours sleep under our belt, we were counting on a hearty breakfast to get us through the morning.
Pickups carried us t the boat dock.
The village of Puerto Humo was once an important transportation hub before the construction of the Pan American highway, when goods where moved up the Pacific coast by water.
Now it helps support local ranches.
Thus, cattle feel perfectly at home here.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
A pair of nestling Snowy Egrets.
Starting the hike to La Roca.
Nice of them to provide stairs for the last, toughest part of the climb.
View of the marsh from La Roca.
Marsh and mountains, from La Roca.
Boardwalk over the marsh at Palo Verde.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron