Guided by Fito Downs. This was a set departure tour.
It is always a pleasure to lead the Costa Rica Intro Tour. This time of the year is always excellent not only because the bird activity but also the weather conditions. February is usually dry, and we had basically no rain at all. It did only rain 25 minutes while we were at La Selva Station and it was at night. The rest of the tour was totally dry, especially at the Pacific Coast which is normal for this season. We also visited two new places recently added to the tour, Cope Arte near the foothills of Braulio Carrillo National Park where we got wonderful views of the uncommon Crested Owl on its day roost. Also, we saw the rare and cute Honduran White Bat. Another new place visited was near the town of Orotina at Alvaro’s Farm. There we saw the only Olive Sparrow of the tour along with four species of owls, including the most wanted; Black and White Owl. Both visits were great, and we like to keep supporting the locals and their wonderful places. More highlights of the tour include the phenomenal views of Great Green Macaws near La Selva Station attending a nest. A pair of Resplendent Quetzals was also building a nest at Paraiso del Quetzal, which was made even more special by the fact the we were the only people around and had the birds just for ourselves. During the visit at Carara National Park we saw numerous Scarlet Macaws and Yellow-throated Toucans, and the Tarcoles River tour was excellent as usual with numerous water birds and shorebirds. At the end of the trip we had very close encounters with Highland Tinamou, Black-breasted Wood-Quails, and more Resplendent Quetzals at Monteverde Reserve. With all these amazing sightings, we can be more than happy with our successful trip to wonderful Costa Rica.
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