COSTA RICA – QUETZALS, VOLCANOES & HUMMINGBIRDS

Thu 7th - Fri 22nd March 2024

Just back from our third tour to Costa Rica and what a time we had! Costa Rica never ceases to amaze us with its amazing wildlife diversity and our clients experienced so much, we were often left without words.

Our tour kicked off in the Caribbean lowlands with KING VULTURES, BLACK-AND-WHITE HAWK EAGLE, NORTHERN EMERALD TOUCANETS, SPECTACLED & BLACK-AND-WHITE OWL, AMERICAN PYGMY KINGFISHER, ORNATE HAWK-EAGLE, PLAIN-COLOURED TANAGER, YELLOW-WINGED TANAGER and many species of Hummingbird.

Of all the Hummingbirds, SNOWCAP is a very sought-after bird and we had amazing views as they zipped around a small garden with EMERALD TANAGER, SPECKLED TANAGER, BLACK-AND-YELLOW TANAGER, WHITE-RUFFED MANAKIN and so much more before moving onto the Highlands where we found many endemic or near-endemic species.

One species everyone wants to see is RESPLENDENT QUETZAL and the group were treated to some amazing views which left everyone open-mouthed! Other goodies included TALAMANCA, VOLCANO & FIERY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, BLACK-CHEEKED WARBLER, OCHRACEOUS PEEWEE, SULPHUR-WINGED PARAKEET, RUDDY PIGEON, LARGE-FOOTED & YELLOW-THIGHED FINCHES, ACORN WOODPECKERS, SLATY FLOWERPIERCER and lots more.

From the cool Highlands to the hot and humid Southern Pacific lowlands we encountered a new selection of species including BI-COLOURED & CHESTNUT-BACKED ANTBIRDS, SCARLET MACAWS, LESSER NIGHTHAWKS, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS, DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE along with the added bonus of a boat trip on the River Tarcoles which was out of this world. Huge AMERICAN CROCODILES swam past and the birding was fabulous with many species of wader including COLLARED PLOVER, WILLET, DOUBLE-STRIPED THICK-KNEE and lots of HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL. ROSEATE SPOONBILL, BROWN PELICAN plus AMAZON, RINGED, BELTED & GREEN KINGFISHERS.

After a few nights we drove north to the Northern Pacific coast where it was hot and dry and we found PACIFIC SCREECH & FERRUGINOUS PYGMY OWLS, WHITE-NECKED PUFFBIRD, CINNAMON & CANIVET’S EMERALD HUMMINGBIRDS, SPOT-BREASTED & STREAK-BACKED ORIOLES, HOOK-BILLED KITE, CRANE HAWK and stacks more.

The tour concluded back in San Jose and it had been amazing, with so many wildlife highlights, we’d had wonderful scenery, lovely accommodation and gorgeous and very filling food which was all enjoyed with an amazing group to spend the time with!

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