Article & photographs by Sue Netherton
On a cold windy day, ten CBMS members arrived at Polteana for our first Study Group Meeting in South East Cornwall. They all spent the first half an hour or so in the kitchen, seated around the table enjoying the warmth of the Aga and hot drinks.
Then to the serious stuff - The Wildlife of Costa Rica. We looked at an hour an a half's worth of phots of the very varied and colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and lepidoptera of this amazing little country slotted into Central America between Nicaragua and Panama. Introduced were strange names of bird families such as Motmots and Trogans and towards the end of the presentation, several of the 52 species of Humming Birds found in Costa Rica.
After lunch, some us explored a length of the West Looe River. It was far too cold for butterflies, but there were plenty of flowers to see. A noisy pair of Mallards took off and we saw a Blackcap.