Deja Vu from 2000 Miles describes deja vu as ” the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time.”

I know while birding I have experienced this many times. Often when birding the local patch and seeing a familiar bird.  I feel that I have been here before looking at the same bird.  And maybe I have??

But I still get the feeling when birding my local area but the feeling is for areas far from Illinois or Indiana.  Maybe walking a trail at Atterbury FWA brings the feeling that I walked this same trial somewhere far away from the Midwest.  Maybe Oregon or California. Somewhere but not here.

Have you ever had the feeling that you have been here before? While walking a trail in Ecola State Park, Oregon I was sure I had been there before but couldn’t place when or where…

But on a recent Saturday morning there was no doubt the location of the feeling.

Observing from Rick’s Cafe Boatyard I noticed a group of Turkey Vultures on the Eagle Creek Reservoir Dam.  After a quick scan to check that there were no Black Vultures mixed in I gave my attention to other birds flying up and down the reservoir. While watching a group of Double-crested Cormorants fly I noticed the Turkey Vultures had lifted off and were flying in a group high above the ground.

And immediately there was no doubt that I was back at Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

The view from Rick’s Cafe Boatyard, Indianapolis – 9/26/15.
The view along the main road – Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica – 12/19/14.

As you can see from the photos there isn’t much difference except the sky is cloudy and overcast in Indiana and is a clear and tropic-blue in Costa Rica.

Plus the difference that there are Turkey and Black Vultures, Magnificent Frigatebirds, and Brown Pelicans soaring in the photo from Costa Rica.  And only Turkey Vultures and two Bald Eagles in the photo from Indiana.  But the feeling was the same for both as when I posted about Costa Rica back in February – both times it was really something to watch!



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