Costa Rica September 2022

Saturday Sept 24 - Saturday October 1

Fiery-throated Hummingbird

The focus of this trip is to photograph the birds of Costa Rica’s Caribbean lowlands and those of the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountains.  

Keel-billed Toucan

The Caribbean lowlands are known for having a huge diversity of species of plants and historically was dominated by rain forests.  Much of the forest has been cleared but there are still some nice stands of old-growth forest and modern conservation efforts mean that there are many areas that are being allowed to regenerate.  

Golden-hooded Tanager

It shouldn’t be a surprise that this area is subject to lots of rain and while there is what is considered to be a dry and wet season, the chance of rain is always present.  The upside is that all that water means that the area is absolutely packed with life of all types and a vast wealth of photographic subjects.  

Red-legged Honeycreeper

During our visit we will spend time at what is probably the crowned jewel of the region, La Selva Biological Station.  While we are in the area, we will have opportunities to explore trails through some excellent primary forest as well as some more open areas along the roads.  We will also have an opportunity to do some exploring by boat.  

Great Curassow

Some of the species that could be encountered in this area include Great Green Macaw, Keel-billed Toucan, King Vulture, Common Tody Flycatcher, White-collared Manakin, Rufous Motmot, Chestnut-collared Woodpecker, Sunbittern, Fasciated Antshrike, Great Potoo and Black-crowned Antbird.  

Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher

Once we’ve had a good taste of the lowlands, we will head into the high mountains to the beautiful cloud forest that is home of a large number of regional endemics and a variety of other spectacular birds including the aptly named Resplendent Quetzal.  Here we will spend time exploring a beautiful river valley high in the Talamanca mountains.  There are some nice trails through the cloud forest as well as ample birding opportunities along the roads.  In addition, there is a nice feeder station that can offer opportunities to photograph some of the area’s special birds in cool comfort.

Resplendent Quetzal

While we will be making a strong effort to find and photograph the Resplendent Quetzal we will also be on the lookout for such species as Sulphur-winged Parakeet, the adorable Collared Redstart, Large-footed Finch, Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Flame-throated Warbler, Dusky Nightjar, White-throated Mountain-gem, American Dipper, Emerald Toucanet, Volcano Hummingbird, Flame-colored Tanager, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Barred Becard, Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl, Spangle-cheeked Tanager and many others.  

Lesser Violetear

This trip has been designed to allow for a slower pace in order to cultivate excellent opportunities to photograph the amazing birds of the areas covered on the trip.  We should also have some nice opportunities to photograph the multitude of beautiful plants, animals and scenery Costa Rica has on offer.  

Collared Redstart

The trip starts and ends at the San Jose International Airport (SJO) and will be limited to three participants plus the guide.  We will have our own car, allowing us the freedom and flexibility to take advantage of unexpected opportunities that might present themselves during our travels.  The trip is centered around photography and is open to photographers of all skill levels and should be an excellent opportunity build your skills as participant are encouraged to share with and learn from one another in a friendly environment.  


The cost of the trip is $2435 per person with a shared room, for a private room there is an additional cost of $285.

Flame-colored Tanager