Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Crocadile Hunter

Part 2 of last weekend.

On Sunday, we took a side trip on our way home from Monteverde to Tarcoles.
We wanted to take a riverboat tour down the Rio Tarcoles.

This river has gained a reputation of being the country's dirtiest, because all the rivers from the central valley drain into it. Then the Rio Tarcoles flows into the Pacific ocean. While going down the river, it was hard to ignore the piles of trash along the side of the river.

Suprisingly it is an impressive refuge for wildlife. There is a huge diversity of birds, crocodiles, herons, storks, spoonbills, and other waterbirds. This is also one of the only areas in the country where you can see scarlet macaws.

We took the two hour riverboat tour through the mangrove forest and the Tarcoles River. We were able to see so much wildlife. We had our binoculars, fieldguides, and cameras all ready. Maggi and Dave were able to capture some great videos.

We saw some amazing things. One thing was exceptionally exciting for Maggi, but I will wait and let her tell you about it in another post.

At one point on our tour, our boat driver got out, and fed the crocs. It was so crazy. He went out in his bare feet, with some raw chicken, and taunted these things. They took the bait, and gave us a wonderful show. Watching the video later, the tour boat driver, was watching the birds more carefully than those crocs.

While on the tour, we learned that they have named many of the crocs in the river. Some of the names I can remember are. . . Ossama Bin Laden, becasue he is the hardest to find, Monica Lewinski (she is the biggest female in the river), Bill Clinton, and Madonna. . . The only famous one we saw was Monica.

We were able to see the scarlet maccaws, the picture doesn't do it justice, it was hard to shoot those things.

We all had a blast. It was a great way to spend with Dave on Father's Day. He jokes and says that is what every dad wants, but I couldn't help but think about how blessed we are to be on this amazing adventure.

O Lord, Our Lord,
How majestic is your name in all the earth! you have set your glory above the heavens. . .
When I consider your heavans, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him. . .
all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8

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