The electric boat moved almost noiselessly along the Rio Nosara. The birds on the banks seemed largely unaware of our presence. The sounds of the forest were all around us.
But suddenly there was a thud somewhere beneath our feet and the boat slowed, then stopped.
At this point we had been out on the river for well over an hour and had seen lots of wildlife. The crocodiles known to nest on its banks had eluded us but birds there had been aplenty, and a small troop of Howler Monkeys too. We were nearing the end of our Costa Rica trip and this outing was a welcome opportunity to add to my list of sightings.
Did you know that cormorants poop when scared? We didn’t, until our naturalist guide Victor told us. And we saw it for ourselves when the boat driver manoeuvred close to this tree! Best not to go directly below such a tree as you could get hit with an unwelcome shower!
We had just turned back towards the hotel when there was a slight knock underneath the boat. We had scraped a log. No problem. But then it happened again and this time it seemed it was a problem. A blade of the propeller had snapped off. But again, no, not a problem, as the driver carried not one but two spares in his tool box and the spanner with which to fit one. The outboard motor was hauled into the boat, the damaged prop removed, and the replacement lined up to be attached. But yes, a problem after all, as it was the wrong size; and so was its twin in the tool box. As our naturalist guide Victor explained later, the motor had quite recently been replaced and these spares fitted the old motor but not, it turned out, this replacement.
So what to do? With very little help from the driver, who seemed to find the whole thing rather amusing, Victor managed to get us back with a combination of paddling (luckily they carried oars!) and wading in the thankfully shallow water, pulling us along.
Of course it took far longer than it should have done, but Victor’s hard work and willingness to get very wet ensured we made it back without getting wet ourselves! Only as we neared the end did he mention that he was rather worried about those crocodiles!
Needless to say, we tipped him well. But the boat driver? Not so well!
I’m sharing the above gallery of bird images with Cee for her CFFC theme this week of Birds. And for those of you who enjoyed the views I shared previously from our beautiful hotel here, Lagarta Lodge, here’s what it looked like from the river as we neared the end of our adventurous ride. Use the slider to see our room’s location.
Lagarta Lodge from the Rio Nosaro
I visited Costa Rica in February 2022