Spring in Costa Rica
February 27, 2018 – March 6, 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.
On this trip we will visit a variety of locations starting with some of the tallest mountains in Costa Rica in the cloud forest and working our way down in elevation until we eventually reach the tropical rain forest near sea level. This offers us a chance to get a good cross section of species and some wonderful birds, plants and nature in general. With this schedule we expect to species like the Resplendent Quetzal (a bird that truly lives up to the name resplendent), a variety of colorful hummingbirds, beautiful tanagers, manakins, antbirds and many more.