. During one of our birding journeys and traveling with two very keen UK birders residents in Australia we found nearly by accident while discussing the field marks between Nicaraguan Grackle (endemic) and the most common cousin Great tailed, a major and rare specie only sighted twice before: Palo Verde National Park 1978 and Tortuguero Area near Parismina 1998. American White Pelican it’s vagrant specie to the north of Nicaragua and very rare further south. In Costa Rica only twice has been observed and as for me goes my second time ever ( was fortunate to photographed in 1998 ).
To our surprise this isolated individual became 13 and to our joy on the next day we were able to count 69 total. Never heard in my country before such a huge number, all of us were more than trill. As part of our net and thanks to technology I was able to share it with our local association or ornithology nearly minutes after sighted. Since it was late afternoon the 3 of us had them for ourselves.
Needless to say it was not new to my birder friends yet to see it way of its range was well worth. On the next morning and with the sole idea to get better images we rush at the same spot before 5:30 am; but this time we had a beat of a hike to make since the moved further out in the swamp at Cano Negro.
Since most of our local birders had not seen one in their lifetime, it was a most seek specie. Within hours after few birders drove over 6 hours to get there at 6 am leaving San Jose and nearby areas the day before. I believe only a hand full of us had seen this specie back in 1998; today although I am only 41 years old I am consider a veteran nearly retired birder. LOL. My eyes never rest, my cameras always working, I am far from retire the game just began..
American White Pelican it was the bird of the year 2015