Trip report: Costa Rica: Birding with a Camera® (March 2020) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Ben Knoot. This was a set departure tour.

Costa Rica is a perfect first-stop destination for new neotropical birders and photographers. It is easily accessible, full of stunning birds and animals and filled with incredibly friendly people. It is not only an excellent introduction to tropical birding and photography but it is one of those countries you can repeatedly revisit and always see and photograph new and beautiful species. This birding with a camera tour is an excellent combination of the Atlantic and Pacific Slopes as well as a combination of high and low elevations. In this report you will find summaries of our day-to-day activities, photos of some of the highlights from each day and of course, fun anecdotes from the guests, the guide and our overall experience while in this epic country.

There were many excellent birds seen and photographed on this trip, but eventually the group was able to narrow down a list of their TOP FIVE and even a TOP BIRD of the trip.

Top Five Birds
1. Resplendent Quetzal
2. Golden-browed Chlorophonia
3. American Pygmy Kingfisher
4. Sunbittern
5. Snowcap

Top Three Photographic Opportunities
1. Resplendent Quetzal at Nest
2. Sunbittern On and Near Nesting Site
3. Golden-browed Chlorophonia feeding in a Berry Bush

Read the full TROPICAL BIRDING Costa Rica: Birding with a Camera® 2020 Trip Report (PDF format; 10.3 MB size file).