Waking up time the earliest on this trip. 3.45!
Today the lugage was packed in the bus for a fast unloading. So, it was crowded. We had breakfast on the lodge before leaving. Coffe, juice, pancakes and the dripped bread, omelett. At 4 aclock in the middle of the night. Well, most of it ended up in the backpack for eating at the airport.
We drove through the night trying to get another nap. It took about an h to get to the airport. We droped Herman off on the way. And then goodbye to the CR staff.
This time I only got one window seat. But at least it was the first part down to Panama. So the Andes would be in view.
We went through the last birds at the gate while we ate the rest of the breakfast. And waited for boarding to Panama.
In Panama we left the airport as the plane for Amsterdam was not due before 19.40. We were picked up by the local guide they shall have during the stay in Panama.
We headed straight for Panama City. It was a weird town. Lots and lots of sky scrapers that was in strange shapes. And most of them not finished. Maybe they hav e the same tax rules I heard of in another country. That they had reduced taxes as long as it was not finished.
The town is located at the shore to the Pacific. And I saw a shore with lots and lots of vaders. And we did not stop. My trigger finger scratched. :(
The guide obviousely had something in mind. We stoped at some kind of park. A lawn with a tree. On the ground some yellow finches was feeding. Saffron Finch!
We continued to the Canal. There were ships and some laughing gulls. People seemed to find it interesting with the ships, but I got bored.
Then we went to an area with marches ans small lakes. Probably close to the Metropolitan Nat Park as we were outside a gate. There were a brown heron, some jacanas and some other birds. And some ants that wanted to share our lunch. We walked a bit along the small lakes and birded.
We continued to Parque Nacional Soberania, a reserve in the forest. With hummer feeders and "näsbjörn". The best thing I saw there were a huge butterfly. A blue " jungfruslända" three times the size of ours. And I did not get any shot of it as it flew away before I had time to get the camera ready as I hardly believed my eyes.
When we turned back to Panama city and the airport there was trouble on that old railway bridge. It was a one way lane for cars and cars could not meet on the bridge. And now it seemed as the lights was out of order and cars was standing in the middle from both directions and noone wanted to back off. It took 1 min and a polis to get one side to back its cars. Well, luckily we made it to the airport. It was a relief even if we lost some birding time. Then we said goodbye to those who should stay and headed for the gate.
And now all the trouble started. We were checked over and over. There seemed it had been an "incident" on a plane arriving from Amsterdam and now we had to suffer for that.
But that is in another post already written.
Thanks to HG and Herman Venegas for a great trip to Costa Rica.
OM NÅGON FRÅN RESAN LÄSER DET HÄR SÅ VORE DET ROLIGT OM NI VILLE GE ER TILL KÄNNA. TRYCK BARA PÅ ORDET "KOMMENTARER" UNDER INLÄGGET SÅ KAN NI SKRIVA NÅGOT! Ni dör inte om ni gör det.
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