We were with a guide in this banana plantation, it was early morning before the mosquitoes got too bad. This man passed us on his way to work in a coffee field.
A few local workers greeted us in Spanish as they passed, and we spotted dozens of different bird species. There were no other birders and no other people.
At one point we heard an amplified male voice speaking very urgent Spanish. We two gringos could not see where the voice was coming from, and it was so fast we had no idea what was being said, but the urgency indicated it was an emergency. It was so loud that our guide stopped talking and waited for the message to end.
When the amplified voice stopped, our guide continued telling us about the bird. I interrupted and said, “What was that voice saying?”
“The local store is having a meat sale.”
Photo credit: Athena Alexander