Our room was close to the river and a quick look before the long hike to breakfast had us tiptoeing past Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs and Black & Green Poison Dart Frogs to the rocky river bank and then some marvellous views of an amazing bird on the far bank - Sunbittern! Spotted Sandpipers were common along the river. From the dining room balcony Montezuma Oropendulas were in and out of the fruit feeders constantly, a stunning male Summer Tanager popped in and a pair of skulking Red-throated Ant Tanagers lurked in the bushes.
For the morning we opted for a walk around the lodge trails on the opposite side of the road. These are trails you are allowed to walk by yourself! Things started off nicely with another new hummingbird - the superbly named Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer. After that things quietened down with just Violet-crowned Woodnymph, White-breasted Wood-Wren and House Wren for our efforts and the going was muddy and very hot and humid. When we reached the central track a few more birds became apparent with Purple-crowned Fairy, 2 Paltry Tyrannulets, Stripe-breasted Wren and 2 Blue-black Grassquits. Nearing the road again a pair of stunning Black-throated Trogons moved across the track as we headed towards our lunch. On fruit feeders right by the path in the lodge grounds 2 Collared Aracaris taunted me at point blank range as I'd left my camera in our room!
Our treat for the afternoon was one we'd booked in advance - a white-water rafting trip down the river. What better way to treat your partner on Valentines Day! Needless to say I didn't take bins and camera but in a very enjoyable (if rather tame in terms of white water) couple of hours we still got some nice views of many river birds - 5 Neotropic Cormorants, 2 Bare-throated Tiger Herons, c15 Cattle Egrets, 6 Snowy Egrets, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Green Herons, 2 Little Blue Herons, 3 Amazon Kingfishers, 2 Green Kingfishers, 3 Ringed Kingfishers, 8 Black Phoebes, 3 Sunbitterns many Spotted Sandpipers and several Mangrove Swallows as well as Broad-winged Hawk.
Back on terrafirma at the lodge we had time for a wander so chose the short self-guided trail not far from our room. Chestnut-sided Warblers were very obvious and a confiding Buff-rumped Warbler flitted along the path in front of us. We also managed Passerini's Tanager, White-collared Manakin, Tropical Gnatcatcher, White-tipped Doves and Clay-coloured Thrushes.