Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Costa Rica March/April 2017?

Just thought I'd stick a quick post out about Costa Rica. For those that know me you'll know that Costa Rica has a big place in my heart. It was here that I got properly started in bird guiding and I've spent over two-years of my life there showing people the countries fabulous birds.

I may go on about Asia and Australia a lot, but it's undeniable that Costa Rica is one of THE top birding destinations in the world. It is a small country with a range of habitats, elevations and two coastlines, a good road network, good accommodation (managed specifically for birds and birders) and very friendly people. All of this means a lot of very cool birds in a relatively small area.

Birding Ecotours has got a GUARANTEED DEPARTURE going to Costa Rica next March! This is a special tour, not only will you have some amazing birds and wildlife during the tour, but by joining it you will be supporting the Neotropical Bird Club because the tour is an NBC Conservation Tour. The tour is going to be guided by Kevin Easley, one of the best local guides in the country. So why not join me and him there!

Tour information can be found here: Complete Costa Rica Tour. This tour involves two-legs. You can do both legs (c4 weeks), or you can just do either one of them (c2 weeks each). Both have been designed to connect with Costa Rica's finest and most-sought species, For any information about this tour please email: info@birdingecotours.co.za (or drop me a line!).

Some highlight birds are likely to include: Resplendent Quetzal (arguably the best-looking bird on the planet), Three-wattled Bellbird, Great Green Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Snowy Cotinga, Lovely Cotinga, Turquoise Cotinga, Snowcap, Lesser Ground Cuckoo, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, Coppery-headed Emerald, Baird's Trogon and a plethora of Hummingbirds, Furnarids, Flycatchers, Tanagers etc... A large trip list full of national and regional (Chiriqui) endemics can be expected.

Some target bird photos to whet your appetite!

Resplendent Quetzal (Kevin Easley via Birding Ecotours)

Snowcap (via Birding Ecotours)

Three-wattled Bellbird (Kevin Easley via Birding Ecotours)

Coppery-headed Emerald (via Birding Ecotours)

Unspotted Saw-whet Owl (via Birding Ecotours)

Wrenthrush (via Birding Ecotours)

Rufous-tailed Jacamar (via Birding Ecotours)

Blue-diademed Motmot (via Birding Ecotours)

Broab-billed Motmot (via Birding Ecotours)

Collared Trogon (via Birding Ecotours)

Lesser Ground-Cuckoo (via Birding Ecotours)

Red-capped Manakin (via Birding Ecotours)

Emerald Tanager (via Birding Ecotours)

Silver-throated Tanager (via Birding Ecotours)

Speckled Tanager (via Birding Ecotours)   

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