Costa Rica

Wildlife Photography in Costa Rica with Fiona Reid Tours

How Fiona described the trip during which these images were taken:

We set out from San Jose to the wilderness of the Osa Peninsula, where we stay nestled between a pristine beach and miles of forest, on the edge of Corcovado National Park. We look for Baird’s Tapir, White-lipped Peccary and even highly elusive species such as Jaguar which are sometimes seen here.

Our next stop is the dry northwest where we stay in a converted cattle ranch on the Gulf of Nicoya. At this time of year, large numbers of wildfowl concentrate in the receding waters. We’ll see Mantled Howlers, Green Iguanas and much more, with easy viewing made possible by low, open forest and grasslands. We take a float trip on the Bebedero River for more wildlife watching, and we will see numerous bats in their roosts and foraging.

Next we venture up to cloud forest around Arenal Volcano where we spend a day exploring the forest canopy from hanging bridges. We may be able to see the volcano glowing at night from our lodge. We then move to the Atlantic lowlands where we stay at a rainforest lodge with an abundance of animal life on our doorstep. We visit La Selva Biological Station for a day, to enjoy close-up views of Tinamous, Curassows and more at our lodge, Tirimbina Research Station, we should see Honduran White Bats, and with luck an anteater, sloth or porcupine, as well as numerous colourful birds.

Our last port of call is Suria Mountain Lodge, home to the Resplendent Quetzal, an array of hummingbirds, and fascinating oak forest. We take a day trip above the tree line into the unique Paramo habitat before returning to San Jose for a last night at our comfortable lodge with its expansive gardens.