Macaws and more at Macaw Lodge

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Ridiculously colourful Scarlet Macaws

The exciting birding continues as we've moved on to our base for the next few days, the wonderful Macaw Lodge not far from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

You really feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of normal life here as this wonderful eco-lodge is set in the middle of hundreds of acres of protected habitat. There's a clue in the name as to one of the target species here, Scarlet Macaw, which is doing well here thanks to their habitat conservation work. And we enjoyed incredible views of three birds feeding in a fruiting tree right outside our bedroom windows!

But with over 300 bird species on the list here there's plenty more to enjoy as we found on our morning walk around the beautiful gardens and unspoiled forest.

Two White-throated Crakes positively showed off on the edge of a small pool, Charming Hummingbirds buzzed the purple verbena flowers, a Long-billed Gnatwren scolded us from the low branches of a bush. Deeper into the forest we caught up with a pair of fidgety Dot-winged Antwrens and a stately White-whiskered Puffbird.

But perhaps the star bird of the morning was an impressive King Vulture which circled overhead before obligingly landing on a bare branch above us. You can imagine how the cameras clicked and whirred, and the view through our Leica scope blew you away!

King Vulture landed above us, this superb photo by Steve Simnett in our group

With flowers, butterflies, lizards and basilisks, fish, bats and frogs, there's wildlife to look for in every direction. And with delicious locally-sourced food, home-grown chocolate and even yoga opportunities (!), there really is something for all nature-lovers at Macaw Lodge, no wonder we keep coming back for more!

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The beautiful gardens at Macaw Lodge

We've still more exciting birding to come on our Birdwatching Trip in Costa Rica so do check back for more.

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