Costa Rica September 2018

Tuesday September 11, 2018 – Thursday September 20, 2018

Costa Rica offers a dizzying number of bird (and all sorts of wildlife) species in a relatively small but absolutely beautiful area making it a must visit location for nature photographers.  This tropical paradise hosts roughly the same number of species as the entirety of the United States and many of those are colorful songbirds and families of birds, antbirds and woodcreepers for example, that aren’t found in the US at all.


Ecotourism is a major industry in the country which means there is a good variety of comfortable lodges and protected areas with excellent habitat.  This makes Costa Rica an excellent place for any photographer or bird enthusiast to visit as a first international photography/birding trip.  There is a reasonable amount of the familiar; birds like Clay-colored Thrush, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Roseate Spoonbill and a generous amount of the exotic; species such as Keel-billed Toucan, Spectacled Owl and Violet Sabrewing.  There are opportunities to explore beautiful beaches, mangrove forests, huge wetlands, tropical dry forests, tropical rain forests, cloud forests and more.


This trip will focus on the northern part of Costa Rica and will cover a variety of habitats including tropical dry forest, rain forest, tropical wetlands and others on both the Pacific and Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  We will have a chance to visit some of the best birding locations in the country.  We will have opportunities to do photography at various feeders as well as spending time doing photography in more natural settings. 


What to Expect

Possible Species




Northern Jacana with chick