One of the main reasons I started this blog was to offer advice to photographers visiting Costa Rica. When I went there this summer, I was keen to learn as much as I could about the country and the wildlife, so that I could make the most of my time. Some of the best information came from blogs, so I thought I’d put some info out there too. If you aren’t interested in going, just enjoy the pictures, and maybe I can change your mind.

The hardest part was choosing where to visit; the country has so many nature reserves it’s tricky to narrow it down. I bought an excellent book, ‘Where to Watch Birds in Costa Rica’ by Barrett Lawson, which has a lot of info on the wildlife you can see in each area. With this book I selected three destinations: Tortugeuro, Monteverde and Guanacaste (plus a few necessary nights in the capital, San Jose).

All it took to get there was a day long coach ride down to London, a sleepless night in Heathrow, a nine hour flight to Atlanta, Georgia and a four hour flight to San Jose. Ok, so it’s not the shortest or easiest journey, but it was an adventure. I spent the first night in a hotel in San Jose, and the first day was spent walking around the capital. The very first foreign animal I saw was a squirrel (a variegated squirrel), scurrying up a tree in the hotel’s small garden.

Variegated squirrelVariegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides). Canon EOS 500D and Sigma 150-500mm lens @ 500mm, f/6.3, 1/125, ISO 800.

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Hotel Garden. Taken with a Nikon Coolpix compact.

About TM HIbbert

Naturalist, photographer, fiction-lover.

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