Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bird Watching

Male Resplendent QuetzalImage via Wikipedia Costa Rica is on one of the world’s great bird migration routes. The Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde is a popular place to see many kinds of multi-colored birds. One of the birds that everyone wants to see is the Resplendent Quetzal, which has been called by some the most beautiful bird in the world. If birds were celebrities, the Quetzal would be Lebron James. What makes Monteverde such a great place for bird watching are the mountains and dense vegetation. You can view birds in the hummingbird gardens at the Park entrance and in the garden of your hotel.

If your stay in Costa Rica does not allow you to get outside the city, you can still see plenty of birds. Take an early morning walk and go to a park or just walk the garden of your hotel. You will probably see a Blue-gray Tanger and a Clay-colored Robin. The latter is the national bird of Costa Rica. If you are just a beginner in the bird watching department, you probably could use a guide. The trained eye of a guide can point out birds that a beginner would miss. For a beginners and veterans the more birds you see the more fun it is.
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