Our birding photography guide, Jean Hall, took a special trip to Costa Rica this month. Below are her thoughts along with some highlight photos.
“A friend, who is an avian scientist, told me “Tropical birding is a serious addiction”. I now see why. I was amazed by the colors, size variation, and diversity of tropical birds I encountered in Costa Rica. The country itself is gorgeous, full of friendly people and good food….but the draw for many of us is the crazy good birding.
Some of my trip highlights were:
- Twenty five scarlet macaws in a secret location by the Pacific…..all squawking and clownishly fighting under a threatening sky.
- Hummingbirds everywhere! They have over 60 species in the country.
- Watching a pair of emerald toucanets building a nest cavity high up in the jungle canopy.
- Standing in hushed silence as a male Resplendent Quetzal flew over our heads and into nearby branches.
If you can go to Costa Rica….go to Costa Rica! I’ve been there twice, but this was my first birding adventure. My guide was Roy Orozco of naturespecialist.com and he was terrific. I am always humbled by the knowledge of so many guides worldwide.”