Birds of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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A few weeks after I purchased my Digital camera, I talked my wife and two daughters into a trip to Costa Rica. All three of them have no interest in birding, but the all-inclusive resort offered a huge pool, many activities and a chance to get away somewere warm in the middle of winter. I knew Costa Rica was a birding paradise, but I had no idea on what I would find at the resort. I did some research on the web, only to find out that the region we were heading to (Guanacaste) was not known as a birding hot spot. I knew that I could not spend much time away from the resort (see wife and kids), so I figured that the only chance I had in taking pictures of birds was around the resort itself. So off we went to the unknown hoping for the best. And what a trip it turned out to be!

The resort was built just a couple of years ago in a beautiful setting facing the Pacific Ocean and surounded by a tropical forrest. When we got to our room, I walked out to the balcony. The view was magnificent, but best of all, I saw my first photo subject of the trip feeding at a tree just a few yards away. I ran back in, unpacked my photo equipment and proceeded in taking pictures of bird #38, a Streak-backed Oriole. That tree produced six species of birds during my stay!!

I was able to get in a routine that allowed me to take many pictures and still spend a lot of time with my family. I would wake up before 6am, explore the area next to the resort for a couple of hours, come back and wake everyone up so that we can have breakfast. After breakfast, we would spend some time at the pool or ocean, and then have lunch. The gang would then head back to the room for a nap and I would spend time exploring the surroundings. Here are some of these images :