Hummingbirds of Costa Rica

Something about hummingbirds feels delicate, precious and even otherworldly…that’s why I’ve pulled together my favorite photos from our recent trip.

Costa Rica: A final stop at Rancho Naturalista

From the moment we booked our trip to Costa Rica I wanted to make sure that I had the opportunity to see the Snowcap. I first learned of this little hummingbird during a live virtual birding event at the beginning of the Covid pandemic.

Costa Rica: Cloud Forest Birding at Savegre

I understood in that moment why artists depicted angels with wings, and why the ancient Mayas and Aztec worshipped this bird . There was something divine about it.

Costa Rica: Birding Puerto Jiménez

I marveled at the crimson head of the Pale-billed Woodpecker that hammered away on a tree. And the Black-mandibled Toucan was closer than I’d ever seen.

Costa Rica: From Guanacaste to Dominical

Having family with a house in Costa Rica is amazing. Each morning I awoke to the distant call of toucans.

Costa Rica: Birding Rio Celeste

Howler monkeys in the distance screamed and bellowed in response. They weren’t happy to hear the truck either.

Costa Rica: Loads of Birds at Arenal Observatory Lodge

That’s when a flurry of Montezuma Oropendulas, Brown Jays, Pale-billed Aracari, Crested Guans and Great Currasows appeared and clamored to get to the fruit.

Birding Costa Rica: Arenal and Hanging Bridges

Everyone came rushing toward me as I pointed into the forest with my right hand. Honestly, I don’t know how they missed its bright yellow breast gleaming in the open as it perched on the branch.

France: A path forward

It had been over an hour of tripping, with thorny branches pulling and tugging on me and I was horrified by Frédéric’s bloody legs. I’d had enough of this hike.

France – Last days of Languedoc

We enjoyed our last picnic in the shade by the Orbieu river where both a Golden Oriole and Hoopoe took turns serenading us. This would be the last time I’d enjoy one of Dominique’s fantastic Mediterranean salads.