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Recent content by alfredoscott

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    Bird from Costa Rica

    I have seen that species a million times here in CR. It is a Black- headed Trogon Male
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    Painted Vulture in Florida?

    Mr William Bartram was an american explorer who spend a good part of his life studying the botany and ornithology of the southern British colonies in North America. People consider him as the first naturalist who penetrated the dense tropical forests of Florida. He described in 1791 two...
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    What kind of Hornbill is a Toucan?

    You briefly saw a bird but you are not sure if it is a Tucan or a Hornbill. So how do you tell them apart at a glance? First clue, look around you. Where are you? Africa, Asia? Ok, is a hornbill. Anywhere from Southern Mexico, through Central America to northern Argentina? Well, is a tucan...
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    Motmots, the Rollers of the Neotropics

    When a birder from Africa or Asia sees our Turquoise- browed Motmot, the first thing they say is “what kind of Roller is that?” Is a Motmot a kind of Roller? Well, not exactly, but they are related. We don’t have Rollers in the tropical Americas but the family of motmots are cousins of...
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    Yellow-eared Parrot saved from extinction thanks to the Vatican and conservationists

    The celebration of Palm Sunday is a very popular tradition in the Catholic world of Latin America. In Colombia the feathers of the Yellow-eared Parrot have been used as decorations during this festivity. The local Church intervened trying to get people to change the custom and achieve the...
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    Scientists are using only one tail feather of hummingbirds to find their wintering gr

    Can just one feather save the dry forest in Costa Rica? Scientists are using only one tail feather (R4) of Ruby- thoated hummingbirds to find their wintering grounds in Costa Rica and maybe protect the habitat they use in winter. See the article in...
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    a good listing software for my lifelist

    Hi from Costa Rica. After many birding trips around the globe I got a list of birds that is impossible to handle to me. It is simply impossible to be updated on all the taxonomy changes (splits/lumps) so I dont know for sure how big my lifelist is. I keep my lifelist in a excel spreadsheet...
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    Quetzals and people living together!

    This is a remarkable project I want to share with you. This local comunity of farmers in the highlands of Costa Rica have developed a sustainable strategy to protect the population of Resplendent Quetzal, but also protect the cloud forest and have a much higher income thatnks to the quality of...
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    Costa Rica in august (Covid)

    Hi. The government and institute of tourism announced the country will open the international airports on Aug 1st. But not all the visitors are allowed to come, it totally depends on how is the situation in your contry
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    Talamanca Reserve

    Hi. I have been birding the area and know the birds well. Please tell me about your plan and I can help you to get the best of san gerardo. Warm regards, Alfredo Scott www.watchingbirdscostarica.com
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    Hummingbird photography

    Hi. Do you have an itinerary already planned for your trip to Costa Rica? I can help you to find some rare hummers and endemics in places that are perfect for taking pictures. I have beed guiding birders and photographers in Costa Rica for more than 20 years. Best regards, Alfredo Scott...
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    First trip CR March 2018

    Staying at La Selva and then Selva Verde doesnt make much sense. Same part of the country basically. The best thing to do is hiring a local birding guide and rent a car. The problem with Cerro Lodge is that there is not forest or birding areas around the lodge at all. Birding along the open...
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    Caño negro in august

    Green Basilisc is super common in the gardens of Selva Verde Lodge in Sarapiqui. Santa Rosa National Park is too far from any lodge. You better stay in Ensenada Lodge and visit Solimar wetlands Caño Negro is a river and wetland with cattle ranches all around. Do not expect forest trails. People...
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    Best on site birding lodges in Costa Rica

    You can not miss the northern Pacific for dry forest specialties. Ensenada Lodge and Solimar wetlands are a must. Caño Negro is too far, the road is not in good conditions and you go there only for 4 birds. The rest of birds you find there are the same you see in a normal day in Tarcoles River