Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

We moved on to our final base for our Costa Rica Birdwatching Trip at La Ensenada, a ranch in an idyllic setting right on the Pacific Coast, which gave us the chance to bird the dry forest here.

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White-throated Magpie-Jay

Some of the birds were extremely confiding here as White-throated Magpie-Jays helped us with our breakfast each morning and a pair of Pacific Screech-Owls roosted in the tree right by our cabins.

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Impressive Jabiru, these two photographed on our last visit here

During our visit, we enjoyed a real variety of activities, including a visit to a nearby cattle ranch with huge areas of wetland simply stuffed with birds including Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, huge flocks of Blue-winged Teal and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and masses of herons and egrets. Good for raptors here too with Laughing Falcon and Snail Kite, but a real highlight was the amazing Long-tailed Manakin.

Magnificent Frigatebird mangroves

Magnificent Frigatebirds festooned the trees!

We took a pre-breakfast boat ride along the coast and enjoyed close views of waders including Willet, Whimbrel, Short-billed Dowitchers and Semi-palmated Plovers perched on the low branches, while Magnificent Frigatebirds perched on the upper branches, what an incredible sight! We also saw Mangrove Hummingbird and Mangrove Warbler, and Ospreys too numerous to count!

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The jetty was lined with Royal Terns

We also took a tractor ride around Ensenada ranch including a visit to the saltpans where we enjoyed more waders including Surfbird, Semi-palmated, Western and Least Sandpipers. We finished our stay at Ensenada with a ride up to the viewpoint overlooking the coast and the Gulf of Nicoya where we watched the sunset while drinking a toast to our wonderful trip.

Our thanks go to Rose, Ivan, Steve, Carla, Chris and Juanita for being such a great fun group, and for Sergio, Abelardo and Paulo for making it all happen.

Can't wait for our next exciting Costa Rica trip in 2020! For details of this and all our forthcoming tours, please email us on

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