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I have been digiscoping for around 18 years now and through persistence and good equipment I am getting great results. I use a Swarovski 80hd spotting scope and a Sony RX100 camera which has just replaced my old faithful Nikon P5100. The majority of my bird watching takes place in County Durham in England which has a variety of different habitats from coast to moors. Digiscoping is great because it allows me to get good photos without disturbing birds. VIEW THE LATEST PHOTOBOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

Monday, 13 March 2017

Costa Rica Birding 1

So, updating my blog didn't go as planned, I had trouble updating the blog from another country - again.
Also was enjoying the holiday too much to get into the tech side of things - didnt touch a phone for 3 weeks - it was great!
I am just going to upload a few photos with brief comments rather otherwise the blogs will take ages to read.
Thanks to Yehudi and Rodrigo for guiding and driving us around Costa Rica - it was great, and to Cotinga Tours for arranging everything for us - it went very smoothly - except when we were trapped in the hotel by road workers.

Our tour took us to:

  • Cerro de la Muerte / Savegre area
  • Villa Lapas / Carara area
  • Guanacaste 
  • Arenal
  • Selva Verde
  • Tortuguero
  • Finally we had a few days recovery at Quepos / Manuel Antonio
Birding usually started before 6:00am everyday with a break around lunchtime then out again around 14:00, we also had a couple of evenings owl watching - which proved very successful.
There were 9 of us on the tour 4 Brits, 3 Americans and 2 Aussies so there were differing levels of knowledge of the birds - the best of who was an 80 year American woman - Dorothy, who was very switched on and was interested in getting new birds (and she knew which ones she wanted).

So onto some birds photos.

 Female Resplendant Quetzal - at Finca Mirador los Quetzales.  They did prove hard to find and although I did see a male it was very brief and I didn't manage a photo of it. Even this female was a difficult bird to photo as it was so obscured by foliage.

 Scarlet Macaws - Carara.  When we stopped at the hotel here almost immediately we saw some Macaws flying over the river and perching in a tree.  Then late we found this nest hole with these 2 wise old birds looking out of it.

Slaty Tailed Trogon - Villa Lapas. We saw a total of 6 species of Trogon in all - which of course includes the Quetzal.
 Long Tailed Silky Flycatcher - Savegre. This was one of my target birds and although we saw them in a few places in the area this was about the best shot I got of one.

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