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WINGS Birding Tours – Photo Gallery

Costa Rica in November

We’ll begin in the lush highlands of Cerro de la Muerte at Trogon Lodge, where flowers and feeders attract many birds… …such as this Green Violet-ear… Credit: Gavin Bieber …and where fruiting wild avocados are food for the Resplendant Quetzal. The habitats change dramatically in the Pacific Lowlands, and our boat ride into the mangroves is a much-anticipated event. At home in the tall forests of nearby tropical rain forest, here at Carara National Park, is the Crested Guan… …while the flooded trails closer to the river allow us to sample the diversity of forest edge species. Credit: Alan Humphreys Among the attractions at Monteverde are Bare-shanked Screech-Owl… Credit: Alan Humphreys …the Stripe-tailed Hummingbird at the feeders… Credit: Gavin Bieber …Collared Redstart along the trails… Credit: Gavin Bieber …and a waterfall, where a Green-fronted Lancebill can almost be guaranteed. We stop for one night at a lodge which offers great birding and an opportunity to see Volcan Arenal, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, provided it isn’t covered in clouds. Broad-billed Motmot is one of the many species we’ll likely see in this area. On our full day at La Selva we could see Bronze-tailed Plumleteer, one of the few hummingbird species with red feet. White-ringed Flycatcher is one of La Selva’s specialties, usually in open areas… …while this passion flower prefers the forest understory. We always have time to look at things other than birds, such as these busy leaf-cutter ants by the trail… …this rarely seen metalmark, <em>Sarota dematria</em>…. …these mating Harlequin Treefrogs…. …and this tiny but stunningly beautiful Strawberry Poison-dart Frog. The Keel-billed Toucan never fails to make someone’s short list of favorite birds of the tour.