Spotted Barbtail

Onzaga Road and Reserva Biológica Cachalú

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19 – 20 May 2015 and 27 – 28 May 2015. Though most birders associate northern and/or north-eastern Colombia with the endemic birds of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the Guajira Peninsula, and perhaps the Perijá Mountains, there are a couple of really cool, highly endangered, highly localized endemic species in the northern extents [...]

Antpitta quest – Tapanti National Park and Reserva El Copal


29 May – 1 June 2014 Tapanti National Park is situated in the Orosi Valley, not far from San Jose. The drive to Tapanti takes you through small towns and “shade” coffee plantations. I say shade in quotes because many of the plantations were shaded with non-native eucalyptus, a species of tree that provides little value to birds. To me it [...]

Birding the Monteverde area, Costa Rica


18-22 April 2014 The Monteverde area is one of the most famous birding destinations in Costa Rica, famously home to the Resplendent Quetzal as well as less sexy birds such as Highland Tinamou, Chiriqui Quail-Dove, Black-breasted Wood-Quail, Gray-throated Leaftosser, and more. With a list like this, several great reserves to bird, and a comfy town [...]

El Sendero los Quetzales


5 July 2012 – El Sendero los Quetzales (Boquete side) Expectations were high for the Los Quetzales trail, and it did not disappoint. We parked at the ANAM ranger station and hiked the 4WD road in and the first few kilometers of the trail. Quite close to the ranger station we had our first of many mixed species flocks and found the beautiful [...]