Birdwatching in Costa Rica

Old Dec 23rd, 2008, 02:54 PM
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I would like to buy my 21 year old son a birding book for our trip to BDC in May & am looking for suggestions. This is a family trip but he's the only one into birding & is studying to be a wildlife biologist so I would like to find an appropriate book for him...any ideas??
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Old Dec 23rd, 2008, 03:07 PM
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I like the Birds of Costa Rica book by Garrigues and Dean. It's a good portable size and has great pictures and also shows distribution areas.
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Old Dec 24th, 2008, 03:20 AM
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Thanks volcanogirl!
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Old Dec 24th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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You're welcome, petite! Merry Christmas!
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Old Dec 30th, 2008, 06:46 PM
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VG,
And guess what book Santa got me this year….yeah, Birds of Costa Rica book by Garrigues and Dean. Thank you, it’s really a beautiful book.
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Old Dec 30th, 2008, 10:51 PM
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Santa must have thought you've been very good this year.

I carry my book around with me, and whenever a guide spots something or I do, I make a little note by the picture in my book and note where we spotted it. It's fun to look through it and remember everything we saw.
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Old Dec 31st, 2008, 09:05 PM
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Just returned from several nights at Rancho Naturalista. Noticed EVERYONE who came and went during our stay was toting the Garrigues/Dean book. I, of course, forgot mine! Still carrying around the Skutch and Stiles, but I like it. The Garrigues is definitely handier to take on the trail. I usually leave mine in the room for later reference (take notes on trail) unless hiking without a guide.

Have a nice trip xyz99!
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Old Jan 1st, 2009, 04:48 AM
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Take a look at Ecolodge Inn at Coyote Mountain, www.cerrocoyote.com, as a somewhat unique place for birdwatching.
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Old Jan 1st, 2009, 04:52 AM
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shillmac, I noticed all the guides carry Skutch and Stiles - that thing is huge; you must have big biceps!
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Old Jan 1st, 2009, 07:23 AM
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No, I don't carry it unless I am birding without a guide, and sometimes not even then. Usually keep it in the room as a reference for later in the day.

Met a very nice family from Houston this past week at Rancho. You're going to have to make it down there, vg.

Happy New Year!
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Old Jan 1st, 2009, 11:23 AM
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I did a Cano Negro tour and we saw quite a few water birds. We really regretted not having a birding guide for our Hanging Bridges tour because the canopy is so vast that we really couldn't see the birds. When we go back, we will definitely get a birding guide.
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Old Jan 1st, 2009, 12:46 PM
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Our guides have really tended to zero in on us when they've seen us carrying the book - I think it shows them you're interested in things and gets you a little extra attention that they think might bore other people. For us, the more details the better!

shillmac, I will have to check that area out. We're mulling over our vacation plans now and have eyed Argentina and Belize, but CR is still drawing me back. Happy New Year!
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