It can be dangerous lying on the beach! One moment all was quiet, sunny and the waves were lapping gently at my feet, the next moment a screeching shadow passed close overhead and landed on a branch further down the beach. And the shadow, by now clearly a hawk of some kind, kept screeching and shifting its weight nervously from one claw to another.
Osprey with catch on the beach
Surprisingly I could tiptoe quite close and see what was going on. The bird, an osprey, had a remarkably large fish in its claws and was grabbing a bite when it wasn’t checking that intruders weren’t about to pounce.
So do bear in mind, next time you sun yourself on a Costa Rican beach, that nature also likes to be there…..