Our villa is located about a ten minute beach walk from one river and a thirty minute walk from another — the complex where we stay is bordered by these two rivers. “Rio Hato”, the village where I worked and where Minga lived, literally means “Hato River”.
The farther river is quite serene and is usually pretty deserted. Most people who stay here are on vacation and not thinking of an hour round trip walk in the heat. This is dry season, so the level of water in the river is very low. These rivers used to be clean enough to swim in, but now they have a lot of pesticide and fertilizer run-off, and there are parasites called schistosomes in fresh water. Better to look at than to enter.
I think the white birds are egrets. Willing to stand corrected by my readers who are experienced birders.