Trip report: Costa Rica custom tour (July-Aug. 2015) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Sam Woods. This was a custom tour that visited many of the sites of our set-departure Costa Rica Photo Journey.

This was by no means typical of many of the Costa Rica tours we run, designed, specifically for two people of limited mobility. The main scope of the tour was to have good sets of feeders almost everywhere for the photographer in the party, make sure we got cracking looks at Scarlet Macaws, as this species was a major wish for both the participants; and to ensure we had some easy going birding for the other person in the group. Thus this tour was part photo tour, part birding tour, but essentially at a laidback speed throughout. The tour was relaxed with shorter days than typical of our usual Costa Rican offerings, but in spite of this we saw plentiful birds, with superb feeders almost everywhere, and excellent birding enjoyed during our shorter days in the field, which shows just what can be seen in Costa Rica while birding at a sensible, and relaxed pace.

Among the many highlights were a handful of male Resplendent Quetzals, an assortment of incredible hummingbirds, including the outstanding Fiery-throated; very close encounters with both Black-breasted and Spotted Wood-Quails; a troop of Fiery-billed Aracaris around our hotel reception near Carara; and the amazing experience of watching 120 Scarlet Macaws pass overhead in an hour spell. And that’s just the birds, we also enjoyed Red-eyed and Golden-eyed Treefrogs, and Strawberry and Green-and-black Poison Frogs for a great all round birding, natural history, and photography experience.

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