A WEEK IN COSTA RICA


This actual display of the 98 birds seen in our week (Apr 4-12 2018) in Costa Rica can be found here.

The two locations we stayed at (3 days at each) were:

Birding: General Notes

As a casual birder I didn't intend to start a list, but we had such an interesting morning on our first day (spotted the Keel-billed Toucan just sitting there watching us) walking with a guide in Arenal that I did write down the birds we had seen...added to it next day...the list began from that.

Most of these identifications were made by the guides; there were several that the guides spotted but I wasn't quick enough with the binoculars and didn't record.

The guides were all outstanding on this trip. In other countries, birding is usually second or third behind other interests, and some guides feel that a good guess is enough for most tourists. In Costa Rica, birds and birding are a priority interest for all the guides and they have to undergo specialized training to get the top jobs, including learning how to make calls for most of the birds. They were truly amazing at spotting and identifying them, and there were no occasions when I had any serious doubts about an identification.

There may be a few errors here but a much greater number of omissions.

A simple list doesn't do justice to the colors and shapes of birds so I 'borrowed' images from such sites as Costa Rica Birding Tours and occasionally from WikiPedia, suspecting that no more than a dozen people will see this page but just in case, please do not link this page to any site with commercial interests!

Particular notes

Neither the list nor the pictures seemed to reflect the adventure of our explorations, so perhaps these more detailed notes will infuse the account with the Indiana Jones spirit:

Animals

Butterflies

Kudos


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animals

 

Iguanas

Black Iguana

Black Iguana

Green Iguana

Green Iguana
  

Monkeys

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

White-faced Capuchin

White-faced Capuchin

Other

Agouti

Agouti

Coatimundi

Coatimundi
  

Sloths

Three-toed Sloth

Three-toed Sloth

Two-toed Sloth

Two-toed Sloth