Saturday, March 17, 2012

Costa Rica Update – 310 Species at Halfway

We're at the halfway point of my Costa Rica tour, and things are going great. Some participants have had over 200 lifers out of over 300 species that we've tallied, and except for our first morning at Tapantí National Park we haven't even touched the Caribbean Slope yet.

One participant in my group passed her 1000th lifer today. It came a whirlwind of species mobbing a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, and it was either Scaly-breasted, Cinnamon, or Mangrove Hummingbird (the latter a Costa Rican endemic), or Spot-breasted Oriole, that achieved the honor as her millennial lifer.

A couple photo highlights from the past days:

A White-crested Coquette at Bosque del Rio Tigre was simply amazing.


And this Orange-collared Manakin at a ridiculously easy to observe lek at Carara National Park yesterday was a joy to watch.

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