The Highlands – Costa Rica 2019

Our next destination was the Savegre Valley in the Talamanca Mountain Range which is about 7000 feet above sea level and the home of the Resplendent Quetzal a bird that is the star turn for visitors. Unfortunately I did not manage to get a very good picture of the spectacular male, maybe a reason to come back again! We also visited The high Paramo which is the highest point of the Pan-American Highway at over 11000 feet above sea level, there were great views from here. We also had two visits to the excellent restaurant Paraiso Quetzal where the bird feeders attract a great variety of birds. We had also stopped on the journey to this destination at our guide Lalo’s boss’s house where we saw Buff-fronted Quail-Dove.

Resplendent Quetzal (female)

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Resplendent Quetzal (male)

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Quetzal mania!

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Buff-fronted Quail-Dove

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Flame-coloured Tanager

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Fiery-throated Hummingbird

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Volcano Hummingbird

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Hairy Woodpecker

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Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher

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Collared Redstart

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Slaty Flowerpiercer

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Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush

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Yellow-bellied Siskin

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Yellow-faced Grassquit

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