Birdwatching in Nosara is as simple as walking out of your door on any given day. As an activity, birdwatching has gained in popularity worldwide; Costa Rica and Nosara are no exceptions to the rule.
Costa Rican biodiversity is the sum of more than 505.00 different species of bugs, fish, and reptiles including 894 different species of birds. Here in Nosara, we’re privy to over 270 species of birds, with 19 of them being globally threatened.
After making two outings to the forest and the river-mouth of Nosara, this reporter learned a few things that may come in handy for your preparations for birdwatching in the area.
If you’re looking for a birding experience here in Nosara, here are few tips that you should know:
The early bird gets the worm, pun intended: Being outdoors by 5:30AM is a good bet to see some of the shy little birds in the forests and along the riverbanks, they don’t tend to hunt or forage in the middle of the afternoon, due to heat, although you can get lucky sometimes.
Read a book: Having a copy of Audubon’s field guide or a comparable brand will get your mind into the game of birdwatching, and give you the chance to bone up on variations of plumage, transitionary periods into adulthood and sexual dimorphism, which can dictate what colours and patterns you might see with any given species.
Master the art of Zen, (wo)man: Coming from the modern western world, we tend to take life by the horns. Birding is an art in itself and requires patience, attention and, well, more patience. The photographers at National Geographic may spend a month or two out in the bush before catching a 30-second window of opportunity to actually see their quarry, so keep your eyes and ears open and enjoy the experience.
Birdwatching Options Tours
Logarta Lodge have it own registered private nature reserve, knowledgeable staff, and a gorgeous vista of the mouth of both the Montana and Nosara rivers. Contact them at [email protected] or by phone at (506) 2682-0035. http://www.lagarta.com
Nosara Boat Tours offer a series of guided tours on an eco-friendly vessel good for groups of up to 10. They can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at (506) 2682-0610. http://www.nosarariversafari.com
Experience Nosara takes you out into the river ecosystem and the tropical dry forest inside Lagarta Lodge’s private reserve for birding-specific tours, led by a biologist/ornithologist. Find them at [email protected] or by phone at (506) 8705-2010. http://www.experience-nosara.com