We stayed at the lodge, and I will review that experience elsewhere. The hummingbirds did not disappoint. There were plenty to see all day. I was told not to use a flash to photograph them as it's not good for them. As a professional photographer and somewhat knowledgable ecologist, I found this curious and illogical. 90% of the images of hummingbirds in their slide show presentation were made by a camera using flash. It's the only way to freeze their wings (or any fast-moving object). Also, every living thing finds a flash of annoying (unless you're a model and have gotten used to it). However, it's their property so I ceased (while others used flash). It was Bespeckled Bear season, but apparently they left the area a week earlier than the normally do, so we saw none. On our morning bird walk, we saw precious few species within what seemed a quarter mile of our position, with the exception of a woodpecker that was relatively close by. Most others were basically specks in the scope of Arsenio, our guide. My wife and I did see Chocolate Toucans, and the colored beak variety on self-guided walks we took, along with some other species. I rate this experience "average", but it is really smack in the middle of that and "good". My expectations may have been too optimistic.
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