We stayed for 5 days at the Savegre Hotel and Nature Reserve in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. Aside from the Resplendent Quetzal, we also saw quite a number of birds around the area. Here are some of those.
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) - this is one of the common birds in Savegre, basically their version of our Eurasian Tree Sparrow. They prefer the areas close to human habitation and are so used to people you could almost step on them sometimes. Photo by Cynthia. Canon 5DMkII, 300mm+1.4X ISO-1600, f5.6, 1/125
Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi) - another common bird, that can be seen everywhere: near human habitation, in the garden, in the forest, etc. Perhaps because of its abundance that it was declared the national bird of Costa Rica. Canon 5DMkIII, Tamron 150-600 @600mm ISO-4000, f8, 1/500
Collared Whitestart (Myioborus torquatus) - a colorful bird of the warbler family, they prefer the forest edges to hunt for insects. Canon 5DMKIII, Tamron 150-600 @600mm ISO-3200, f6.3, 1/200
Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher (Ptiliogonys caudatus) - another "friendly" and colorful bird. This bird can be seen around the restaurant/garden area and is completely unafraid of humans and in one occassion I had to change my zoom setting from 600 to 350mm to get a full body shot. Canon 5DMKIII, Tamron 150-600 @350 ISO 1600, f8, 1/400
At last my wife Cynthia and I were able to visit Costa Rica albeit for only a short time. It was all spent at San Gerardo de Dota. This is one of the places in Costa Rica where the magnificently colored Resplendent Quetzal can easily be seen.
Sorry for the late post - I blame the holidays for that - :D. Anyway, Cynthia and I made a short trip to Baguio in mid-November of last year. Thanks to the help of local birder, Jocelyn Floresca-Alberto, we got three lifers - the Island Thrush, Red Crossbill, and a Turquoise Flycatcher - and also some local avifauna.
Island Thrush (Turdus poliocephalus) Canon 5D Mk III, 500mm+1.4X ISO-2000, f7.1, 1/400, on a tripod