Costa Rica Photography Workshop

April 8 - 18, 2011

In April, 2011 I once again returned to Costa Rica, along with my wife and 6 participants, visiting some of my favorite locations from previous trips, along with several new ones.  We first went to one of the new sites, the Maquenque Wildlife Refuge, shooting on the grounds there, along with a boat ride on the San Carlos and San Juan Rivers.  After a couple of days there, we headed to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, stopping en route for a couple of hours at the Danaus Eco Center.  Although the Arenal Volcano had quieted down considerably since my last visit there, the grounds were quite productive for wildlife.  We then traveled to the Pacific Coast, and had a last minute change in our itinerary, having lunch and spending several wonderful hours shooting at a fantastic wetlands area called Solimar.  Once at the Pacific coast, we enjoyed visits to Manuel Antonio Park, and Carara National Park, along with several spontaneous stops on the road to shoot a wide variety of wildlife.

I am posting two Galleries of images from this trip, representing a small selection of the many satisfying images I brought home.  Costa Rica never disappoints me, as each time I visit I continue to see and shoot new species of birds, reptiles, etc.  In addition to those included in these Galleries, we also saw Great Green Macaw, Laughing Falcon, Jabiru Stork, Hoffman's Woodpecker, Double-striped Thicknee, Southern Lapwing, Northern Waterthrush, White-tipped Dove, Masked Tityra and numerous other new or infrequently seen bird species.

Lastly, I continue to use the QStarz BT-Q1000 Platinum GPS Receiver to track my location while I'm shooting.  Then using the program RoboGeo, I can put the latitude and longitude for each image into the EXIF or 'Metadata' for each file, so I know exactly where I was when the shot was taken.  I can then create Google Earth files, to show the actual map locations for the photos, along with a thumbnail image.  If you have Google Earth installed, you can click or download the following files to see where the photos were taken: Costa Rica April, 2011 Gallery 1, Costa Rica April, 2011 Gallery 2.

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Costa Rica - April, 2011 - Gallery 1 Costa Rica - April, 2011 - Gallery 2
Costa Rica - April, 2011 - Gallery 1

Turquoise-browed Motmot 1 Great Black Hawk Turquoise-browed Motmot 2


Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Juvenile) Whimbrel Spotted Sandpiper


Great Kiskadee with Bug Great Kiskadee Feeding Chicks Flycatcher


Guineafowl Fer de Lance Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Red-legged Honeycreeper Common Pauraque Montezuma Oropendola in Flight


Blue-gray Tanager Smoky-brown Woodpecker Cinnamon Becard


Black-faced Grosbeak Black-cowled Oriole