Costa Rica

From November 2016, when we traveled to Papagayo Peninsula and stayed at the Hyatt Andaz. It was a fantastic trip. We highly recommend the hotel, which had great rooms, facilities, restaurants, and a very friendly and helpful staff.

For a bird guide, the key book you need to get is The Birds of Costa Rica.

We took several tours with Mardigi Tours and recommend them highly.

I’ve organized this section by the ordering in the above mentioned bird book. Any thumbnail image with an * after it means that I did not take that photo. (Fortunately there are not many.)

Currasows, Chachalacas, Guans

638a1845 Gray-headed Chachalaca

638a2052 Crested Guan


image_gallery-6 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck *


638a9469 Anhinga


Brown Pelican Brown Pelican


Frigatebird Magnificent Frigatebird

Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

Black-crowned Night-Heron Black-crowned Night-Heron

638a3327 Boat-billed Heron

638a9276 Great Blue Heron

Green Heron Green Heron

638a9401 Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret Cattle Egret

638a0311 Great Egret

638a0054 Snowy Egret


Jabiru Jabiru

Wood Stork Wood Stork


1312_sibl_9780307957900_art_r1 Black-necked Stilt *

Sandpipers, Allies

Spotted Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper

New World Vultures

Black Vulture Black Vulture

638a0167 Turkey Vulture


Osprey Osprey

Hawks, Kites, Eagles

638a1672 Broad-winged Hawk

638a0344 Common Black Hawk

Gray Hawk Gray Hawk

638a1680 Roadside Hawk

Falcons, Caracaras

638a0505 Crested Caracara

638a0546 Laughing Falcon


638a5750 Barn Swallow

image_gallery Mangrove Swallow

638a1947 Gray-breasted Martin


Carnivet's Emerald Carnivet’s Emerald

Cinnamon Hummingbird Cinnamon Hummingbird

638a1327 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

638a2377 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Steely-Vented Hummingbird Steely-vented Hummingbird

Pigeons, Doves

image_gallery-5 Common Ground-Dove *

Inca Dove Inca Dove

White-winged Dove White-winged Dove


Orange-chinned Parakeet Orange-chinned Parakeet

Orange-fronted Parakeet Orange-fronted Parakeet

White-fronted Parrot White-fronted Parrot

Scarlet Macaw Scarlet Macaw


Groove-billed Ani Groove-billed Ani


Black-headed Trogon Black-headed Trogon

638a4097 Gartered Trogon


638a2958 Blue-crowned Motmot

638a3149  Rufous Motmot


638a3584 American Pygmy Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher Belted Kingfisher

Kingfisher Green Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher Ringed Kingfisher


638a1798 Keel-billed Toucan


638a2502 Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Hoffman's Woodpecker Hoffman’s Woodpecker

638a4084 Pale-billed Woodpecker

638a3744 Rufous-winged Woodpecker

Ovenbirds, Woodcreepers

638a2707 Spotted Woodcreeper

638a3784 Streak-headed Woodcreeper

638a3792 Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Tyrant Flycatchers

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

image_gallery-4 Black Phoebe *

Great Kiskadee Great Kiskadee

638a0571 Boat-billed Flycatcher

638a8629 Social Flycatcher *

Streaked Flycatcher Streaked Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird Tropical Kingbird


638a3771 White-collared Manakin


image_gallery-3 Brown Jay *

White-Throated Magpie-Jay White-throated Magpie-jay

Thrushes, Allies

638a2139 Clay-colored Thrush

Gnatwrens, Gnatcatchers

White-lored Gnatcatcher White-lored Gnatcatcher


638a0732 Rufous-naped Wren

New World Warblers

638a3206 Buff-rumped Warbler

638a3082 Ovenbird

638a2930 American Redstart

Tanagers, Seedeaters, Allies

638a2242 Blue-gray Tanager

638a2259 Golden-hooded Tanager

638a2265Palm Tanager

638a2237 Passerini’s Tanager

638a3975 Green Honeycreeper

638a1872 Red-legged Honeycreeper

Blue-Black Grasquit Blue-black Grassquit

638a2106 Yellow-faced Grassquit

638a2075 Variable Seedeater

638a2065 Thick-billed Seed-finch

638a2134 Buff-throated Saltator

638a2252 Grayish Saltator

Finches, New World Sparrows, Allies

638a4242 Stripe-headed Sparrow

Grosbeaks, Buntings, Allies

638a1431 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

638a4284 Summer Tanager

image_gallery-2 Painted Bunting *

Blackbirds, Orioles

image_gallery-7 Melodious Blackbird *

Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle Great-tailed Grackle

638a2286 Baltimore Oriole

638a1428 Streak-backed Oriole

638a4020 Montezuma Oropendola


scrub euphoria male Scrub Euphonia

638a3961 White-vented Euphonia

638a2690 Yellow-crowned Euphonia

638a2161 Yellow-throated Euphonia


Other Animals

638a2897 Frogs

638a3542 Poisonous Dart Frogs

termites Termites

638a0959 Butterflies

638a1388 Giant Grasshopper

Iguana Iguanas

638a3627 Jesus Christ Lizard

638a3399 Leaf-cutter Ants

Halloween Crab Halloween Crabs

638a1009 Hermit Crabs

638a4216 Howler Monkeys

638a9855 White-faced Monkeys

638a9941 Bats

638a3381 Caymans

638a9984 Crocodiles

638a0573 Deer

638a2426 Agouti

638a2987 Three-toed Sloth

Other Photos

Hyatt Andaz Night Shots


Nature photos from around the world