Trip report: Costa Rica Photo Journey (February 2016) by Tropical Birding

Guided by George Lin. This was a set departure tour.

Covering only 0.03% of the surface of Earth, Costa Rica boasts 6% of the biodiversity on earth, making it one of the top 20 most biodiverse countries in the world. Costa Rica formed as a part of the land bridge that formed more than 100 million years ago, joining North America and South America. As a result, there are eight distinct ecoregions that fostered an ideal environment for species migration and evolution.

On the Costa Rica Photo Journey, we cover the Caribbean Moist Forest, Central American Dry Forest, Moist Pacific Mangroves, Pacific Moist Forest and Talamancan Montane Forest. On the Tropical Birding Photo Journey, we target birds that are not only colorful or unique, but easy to photograph. Even though this was the very first Photo Journey in Costa Rica, we had great results from our trip.

Some of the highlights included 4 Toucan species just on the first day (Keel-billed Toucan, Yellow-throated Toucan, Emerald Toucanet and Collared Aracari) with everybody getting good photos of them; Staking out the Resplendent Quetzal and finally getting a nice shot of the male, swarms of Fiery-throated Hummingbirds and photographing 6 owl species.

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