The return of the scarlet macaws in Manuel Antonio

Lapas For about the last week I’ve been waking up to the sound of scarlet macaws but haven’t been able to see them (their sound is very distinct and unlike the bird itself, not very pretty sounding). One particular day this week, at least 5 pairs flew over my home. It was 5:45 and I wasn’t fully functioning to actually want to take the time to count them all but from the photos, there was at least 5 pairs.

The endangered macaws (called Lapas in Costa Rica) have recently returned to Manuel Antonio because a local group has been bringing them back to the area and releasing them into the wild. Their efforts seem to be working.  And while these photos were taken against a gray morning sky, seeing the red macaws fly over the green jungle landscape near my home is such a stunning sight.  It adds another dimension of pure grace to an already beautiful location.Macaws 3

They seem to have a flight path over my home at around 5:30 a.m. heading from the northern part of Quepos towards the National Park.

On one particular day, I sat outside on my terrace as the sun was just rising, creating gold highlights on the tips of the dark green jungle landscape. The squawking of the macaws was followed by the screeching of about 30 parakeets and then the melancholy sound of a pair of toucans. What a beautiful way to start the day.  Now if someone would just bring me my morning coffee, it would be like I was on vacation on the Osa Peninsula.

Here’s two more photos of when it got a little lighter…Absolutely incredible, isn’t it?

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