Brown Violetear

Cerro Jefe and Cerro Azul

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27 – 29 July 2014 After we recovered from our adventures in the Darién we headed up to Cerro Jefe and Cerro Azul outside of Panamá City to try our luck with a few more hard to find birds, namely the Tacarcuna Chlorospingus and the Spiny-faced Antshrike (aka Speckled Antshrike or just Xenornis). We had the great fortune to meet Bill Adsett, a [...]

The Cordillera Talamanca – Rancho Naturalista, Aravar, and the Vereh Valley

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25 – 27 May 2014 The Tawny-chested Flycatcher is endemic to foothill forests on the Caribbean slopes of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In Costa Rica the best place to see this endemic is none other than Rancho Naturalista, a top-notch birding lodge located near Turrialba in the Cordillera Talamanca. Rancho Naturalista is a great place to see many of [...]

Braulio Carillo National Park and El Tapir

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7-9 May 2014 The Quebrada Gonzalez station in Braulio Carillo National Park is well known as a birding destination where you can find fantastic primary foothill rainforest at about 500 m elevation. Just about a mile north of Quebrada Gonzalez is the small hummingbird garden of El Tapir, famous as a great place to find the Snowcap. However, El [...]

Arenal, Costa Rica

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12-15 April 2014 For many known birding destinations in Costa Rica, we don’t have great earth-shattering news to share. The destinations are well documented (in Barrett Lawson’s excellent Costa Rican birdfinding guide as well as online) and the expected species are well documented. That said, we can still share our experiences, tag on a few [...]