Snowcaps that is.
The rain lightened (but didn't stop altogether) as the morning wore on. We back-tracked back up the highway to a site by Braulio Carillo that we'd bypassed on our way to La Selva due to the rain, a former butterfly garden that failed commercially and had been abandoned. The vervain flowers are still there however, and a number of specialties could be found.
I ended up putting the camera into the sleeve of my raincoat to keep the lens and body dry from the mist and sprinkles. The low light didn't help the auto-focus and I ended up manually focusing for almost all the pics; the birds just zoomed back and forth too fast at various distances for it to lock on.
Rufous-tailed wasn't a specialty though. It's one of the most widely distributed hummers in the tropics.
Violet-crowned Wood-nymph is also pretty common. I didn't quite manage the shot I wanted of it (though Mindy got an incredible one that she showed me after the trip).
Red-footed Plumeleteer was another species that we saw best at this site (it was the only time I saw it well)
The stars of the show though, were some of the smaller species. Black-crested Coquette was an amazingly patterned plumed hummer.
We had mostly distant looks at Green Thorntail, first the female, then the narrowly swallow-tailed male:
Finally the star of the show, Snowcap.
At least some of them had some olive feathers in the back, I'm guessing that it's a first year bird, but that's purely a guess.
I would have enjoyed spending longer than the hour we had here, but further birds awaited us, and onward we had to go.