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Braulio  Carrillo  National  Park,  Costa Rica,  Carrillo  Sector  Photo
Volcán  Irazú  on  the  Horizon  and  Río  Sucio  in  Center

Foto  de  Parque  Nacional  Braulio  Carrillo  en  Costa  Rica,  Sector  Carrillo
Volcán  Irazú  por  el  Horizonte  y  Río  Sucio  en  el  Centro

© 1985 Peter W. Wendelken

Braulio Carrillo National Park, Carrillo Sector with Río Sucio and Volcán Irazú. 1985 Photo by Peter W. Wendelken

On April 23, 1985 I took a bus to near the upper end of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At that time, the road to Guápiles (highway 32) traversing Braulio Carrillo National Park was under construction and had been paved from the upper end, near San José, down to the Carrillo Sector of the park. There wasn't any traffic to speak of and I began walking downhill along the road and had some fine views of great birds, among them a male and female Barred Becard at their nest, Resplendent Quetzals, a Barred Forest Falcon and a Spangle-cheeked Tanager.

After a while a National Park vehicle came by and the driver asked if I would like a ride. I joined the people in the car and we rode down to the ranger station in the Carrillo Sector near which this photo was taken. That ranger station was closed at a later date and moved to a point east of the Río Sucio known as the Gonzales Ranger Station. In 1985, however, the ranger station was located west of  the Río Sucio and uphill toward San José. The National Park personnel were very gracious and I was invited to stay in the barracks at the ranger station. The barracks was used as a base for patrols in the park to prevent poaching. There were several wonderful trails there at that time. I stayed there for several days and saw more great birds including the Black-and-yellow Tanager, Emerald Tanager, Blue-and-gold Tanager, Snowcap, Barred Hawk and a pair of Double-toothed Kites. I also saw a Tyra Eria barbara, a very large weasel, at very close range, crossing a stream bed.

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