Northern Costa Rica

Friday March 3 –  Sunday March 12, 2017

Bare-necked Umbrellabird

Despite having made numerous trips to Costa Rica, I still find the place extremely fun and rewarding to visit.  With over 900 species of birds and numerous species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects and flowers in a variety of beautiful habitats there are a staggering amount of amazing photographic opportunities available to photographers.  In March of 2017 we will return to Costa Rica with the intent of producing lovely images.


Our trip will start and end at the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste Province.  From there we will make the short transfer to the town of Bijagua where we will spend the next three nights.  Here we will see various species of toucans and other colorful tropical birds.  Some of the more exotic birds that we have found in this area in the past include Black-crested Coquette, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Emerald Tanager, Rufous-winged Tanager, Crested Owl, Ocellated Antbird, Ornate Hawk Eagle and Cinnamon Woodpecker.  We will also visit the beautiful Rio Celeste waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen.  Those who are interested will have opportunities to work on photographing it in all its glory.  We will stay in comfortable lodging with great food during our time in the area and no doubt will want to spend some time at the busy feeders near the breakfast table.


The next destination will be the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border.  This area is essentially a huge wetlands area which we will explore on two boat rides.  Species here include all six species of kingfisher, tons of wading birds, Black-collared Hawk, Snail Kite, Northern Jacana, Sungrebe and many others.  With luck we may even see a Jabiru.  Photography in this area tends to be amazing and in the past I have taken more photos here than at any other location in Costa Rica.


Once we have had our fill of wetland birds we will move into the mountains of the Monte Verde area.  Our main target species here are the bizarre Three-wattled Bellbird and the Resplendent Quetzal but these are only two of a great many species of interesting birds in the area. 


On our way back to Guanacaste we will spend a night in Fortuna setting us up for a session at some amazing bird feeders and some great nature trails.  After exploring the area until we are content we will head for Liberia for our last night in Costa Rica.  The next morning will be spend exploring the dry forests of Santa Rosa National Park before catching our afternoon flights home.


This trip will be limited to six guests to ensure the best experience.  The cost of the trip is $2450 per person and includes all transportation within Costa Rica as well as most meals, all park entrance fees and guide fees.  If you prefer a private room there will be an additional cost of $410. 


We will have a full-time professional driver with a clean, comfortable and well-maintained van.  Our group will also be joined by a local professional nature guide who is very familiar with all of the areas we will visit.


This trip is appropriate for people of all levels of photographic experience and every participant will have access to a professional nature photography that is happy to help you to get the best images you can.  It is a great opportunity to learn about nature and photography while having lots of fun.