Three-wattled Bellbird

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 [...]

Reserva El Jaguar – Nicaragua


28 – 30 March 2014 The border crossing into Nicaragua at Los Manos was a bit hectic, but we made it through the border in just under 2 hours and made it to Estelí before dark. We decided to stay at a hostel that night so we could use the internet to make plans for the rest of our time in Nicaragua. We stayed at a popular backpackers hostel [...]

Los Quetzales cabins


7/8 – Los Quetzales cabins Rather than wait for the 8:30 tractor ride up the hill, we opted for an earlier start and hiked up to the cabins ourselves. It seemed a little slow and the rain threatened, but we saw some great birds, including Black-thighed Grosbeak, Purple-throated Mountain-gem, and Fiery-throated Hummingbird. Absolutely [...]