Costa Rica Day 5, Feb 18, 2017

This post covers Day 5 of our photography trip to Costa Rica. It’s been 5 days since my last post, but it takes time to go through the pictures and ID the birds, and I also have other things to do 🙂. Still three more days to go.

We were out at dawn birding around Bosque del Tolomuco lodge, from 6 AM to 8:30 AM. We hiked the road below the lodge, and the one above it (where there are orange trees), and spent some time at the feeders. Since we were at the feeders the night before, there are some ‘repeats’ in the photographs. We had breakfast at the lodge, and then headed up to the Cloud Bridge Nature Reserve (, which is just before the entrance to Chirripó National Park. There were a lot of birds, and some waterfalls along the Rio Chirripó Pacifico (Chirripó Pacific River).

On the way back to the lodge we stopped at San Isidro for a late lunch, and then went to Mass. We stopped and bought some empanadas and brought them back to the room at Tolomuco for dinner.

Here are the pictures:



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  1. Mary Jill
    Posted March 13, 2017 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful, what color and boy, those hummingbirds!!
    For some reason, the Slate-throated Redstart was my favorite, even though he is not the most colorful. Something about him struck me.

    • Joe
      Posted March 14, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      I like the Redstart, too. We were excited when we saw him.

  2. Terry
    Posted March 13, 2017 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Definitely fast shutter for waterfall is better-everything else is sharper too. Can you make a map of where you went on this trip and post it here? I have been to CR twice and it seems you went to some more obscure or non-touristy places?? Maybe that’s where the birds are?

    • Joe
      Posted March 14, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Sometimes people like the way the slow shutter speed blurs the water movement – it’s kind of artsy. But for this waterfall I agree, I prefer the faster shutter speed.

      I will post a map of where we went. Either in a separate post, or as part of a future one.

      I think the birds are everywhere in Costa Rica. But we definitely went to birding ‘hotspots’, since that was the purpose of our trip. All the places we went are on the as ‘hotspot’ locations. Also, as you well know, you’ll find birds if you look for them. But if you’re looking for other things (sight-seeing, beach combing, etc) then you won’t see as many.

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