Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tamarindo Estuary

This is the beginning of our Tamarindo estuary tour in Las Baulas National Park. This photo was taken near the mouth of the estuary, and you can see that it is wide, allowing ocean water to flow in at low tide and allowing fresh water to flow into the ocean.

The Tamarindo estuary ecosystem is dominated by mangroves lining the shore. All 6 of the species of mangroves native to Costa Rica can be found here, although I will have to confess that I can't tell one mangrove from another. I will show some close-up photos of the mangrove forests in my upcoming posts. I hope you will be surprised.

The mangrove estuary provides excellent habitat for wildlife, including 57 different species of birds. I will show a few photos of the animals during my upcoming photos from our boat trip up the estuary.

7 comments:

brattcat said...

I'm definitely looking forward to this boat ride.

Jilly said...

Is anywhere in Tamarindo not gorgeous?! I love estuaries - fascinating usually for birdlife. A lovely shot.

Saretta said...

Looking forward to the wildlife shots!

Sharon said...

In this photo, it looks so peaceful and calm. Perfect for spotting birds and other wildlife.

Jarart said...

This will be fun!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I can't wait to go around the bend and see what comes next.

glenda said...

Looking forward to the wildlife to be seen on this trip.

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