Experience Costa Rica bird photography at its very best.
Tropical birds on mossy branches, bats and hummingbirds in flight as well as colorful frogs. Enjoy this relaxed setting at three lodges hidden away in the rain and cloud forests.
This will be my 7th season conducting this very detailed 8 day 8 night trip. I have spent a lot of time scouting and putting this adventure together. This will offer the serious wildlife photographer a very high quality shoot.
Quality not Quantity This will only be offered to 6 or 7 photographers. This ensures that each guest has an equal opportunity at the multi-flash set up, the most active feeder, or the best position to photograph the honey creepers.
Hummingbird Photography will be done with my multi-flash set ups. Each photographer will be taught how to use the set up as well as how to make adjustments to remove shadows or to control exposure without blurring the bird. While one photographer is using the multi-flash set up, the remaining group will be using a single flash mounted on their cameras. With such a small group, everyone will have plenty of opportunities to capture fantastic hummingbird images.
Bat photography workshop. Using my multi-flash setup each photographer will get the chance to try your hand at bats in flight. Photograph several species of leaf-nose bats.
An Incredible Sight to See, and Photograph. Wild Keel-billed and Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, Collared Aracari, Emerald Toucanets and several species of brightly colored Parrots and Parakeets fly through the jungle around you landing in trees, sometimes in groups of four or five at a time.
Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica. No need to wait or wonder what shuttle to take. Grab one of the dozen reliable red taxis waiting right at the front exit. Within seconds you will be on your way to the beautiful Hotel Bougainvillea. Taxis at the airport are dependable and accept US funds, trip costs about $26.00 USD or 13,000 colones. If you need spending money, there is an exchange right at the hotel. When you arrive,there will be a lovely hotel room waiting for you. Take the afternoon to photograph the beautiful orchids, birds and other tropical flowers in the hotel's huge 8 acre tropical garden. The Hotel has free wireless Internet throughout the grounds and in the rooms. That evening we will meet for dinner. Afterwards I have reserved conference room where I will cover important topics such as the correct way to use fill flash for birds.
Shoot in the garden in the morning then meet for a delicious breakfast buffet, and after loading the vehicle we begin our journey. We will head to the Central Volcanic Mountain Range in which you will find both cloud and rain forest vegetation. When arriving at the lodge we will unpack and head to the dining area for lunch. After lunch we will be photographing tanagers, honeycreepers, woodpeckers and the collared aracari.
While eating breakfast at the lodge we will be photographing several colourful species of birds. Such as the Black-headed Saltator, Blue Dacnis, Red-legged Honey Creepers, Green Honey Creepers, and the Great Curassow, just to name a few. After lunch, macro photography for the red-eyed tree frogs and glass frogs on beautiful setups. In the evening more bird photography, then at night I have hired a guide for a private tour in the jungle. Here we photograph everything from the red-eyed tree frog to the giant smoky jungle frog in their natural habitat.
Spend the morning photographing birds from our breakfast table. Tough life! Then we will be on the road again heading to our next lodge located in the wildlife-rich lowlands of Costa Rica. When we arrive at our lodge a quick walk around the property will offer dozens of photo opportunities for wild toucans, brown hooded parrots, orange-chinned parakeets, Montezuma Oropendula , Collared Aracari, just to name a few.
Day 5 & 6
Mornings will be spent photographing the huge selection of wild species that visit the lodge grounds. After breakfast a short drive offers you some fantastic hummingbird and honey creeper opportunities. As the sun disappears and darkness sets in, the bats begin to fly. Multiple flashes catch these creatures in mid-flight.
An amazing shoot you will not soon forget.
Morning is spent photographing birds, then I have arranged a boat trip up a local river. There you have opportunities to capture images of Howler & Spider Monkeys, Green & Scarlet Macaws as well as large crocodiles and much more.
Morning is spent photographing birds, return to Hotel Bougainvillea. After freshening up, we will meet for a nice dinner and maybe a swim in their beautiful pool to celebrate a great week of Costa Rica's finest wildlife photography.
Breakfast at Bougainvillea. If you have time before your flight, maybe photograph some flowers or birds in the garden. Then grab a taxi for the airport.
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The Itinerary Includes:
All dinners except the 2 dinners at Bougainvillea (breakfast only included)
Use and instruction of multi-flash setup.
Personalized instruction offered at all times.
Bottled water always on hand .
Alcoholic drinks, non-meal time drinks or snacks.
Taxi ride to and from airport.
January 6 to January 14, 2018. 8 days & 8 nights Wild Birds of Costa Rica Tour/Workshop - Total Cost $3,800.00 U.S funds. (double occupancy) We suggest you fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica on Jan 6, 2018. Depart on January 14th out of the same airport. 4 openings available
* Maximum 6 - 7 photographers *
Non-photographers: $500.00 discount
Single Supplement: $560.00 additional
Deposit & Registration for Tours/Workshops
A non-refundable $1500.00 USD deposit is required to reserve your spot. Please make deposit payable to Michael Bertelsen and send to PO Box 5335, Huntsville , ON, Canada P1H 2K7
Remaining amount of $2300.00 to be paid 60 days prior to trip. Pay to Brenda Dunton of Huntsville Travel, Tel 705 789-6432 Huntsville, ON, P1H 1T4 TICO # 3036070
Contact Michael if you have further questions or to check availability and to request a booking.
Michael, I wanted to thank you again for putting together such a fabulous trip to Costa Rica. The logistics were absolutely seamless. Your pre-planning was most evident and appreciated as were your personal attention to detail and overall enthusiasm. The accommodations were very comfortable and perfect for the trip. Limiting the number of participants allowed each of us the opportunity to enjoy maximum use of the facilities and access to your expertise and knowledge. I got some absolutely incredible photographs but more important, thanks to your patience and tutoring, I learned how to really use my camera and to understand bird photography. Everyone returned a better photographer regardless. I also think we experienced a real view of Costa Rica. I would recommend the trip without reservation to all levels of photographers and birding enthusiasts. Best personal regards, Gary S
Hi Michael, I just want to thank you for the super time I had on our recent Wild Birds of Costa Rica photography trip. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to photograph such an array of beautiful birds and unique animals. Thanks to your knowledge of the geographic locations, animal behavior and detailed photographic expertise, you made sure both inexperienced and experienced photographers got the shot. I'm sure it took a lot of organizing to put together such a great trip. I really enjoyed the eco-lodges you chose;
the service staff, who were friendly and helpful; and, the food, which was very good. I met some really nice people, from diverse walks of life, who I hope to meet again sometime on another of your photographic adventures. Thanks again, Bob B