Casa Orquideas, Golfo Dulce

Jan 02, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


After leaving beautiful Panama yesterday, we woke up this morning in the little bay of Golfito, on the Southwestern coast of Costa Rica. Golfito literally means in Spanish “little bay” and in this little bay we spent the morning exploring the mangrove forest by Zodiacs and kayaks to find several species of herons, and shore birds, such as yellow crowned night heron, tri-colored heron, ruddy turnstones, willets, whimbrels, and may others.

During the afternoon National Geographic Quest, repositioned to the nearby Casa Orquideas botanical garden.

Casa Orquideas was put together over the last 35 years by Ron and Trudy Mc-Allister, American expats living in this remote part of the world. They have put together a world-class exhibit of spices, fruits and flowers of the tropics.

The well-maintained property is a joy to explore.

While learning through the interpretation of the naturalist about the plants in the garden, we got frequently visited by many of the colorful birds of the surrounding forest.

Scarlet macaws, yellow-throated toucans, scarlet-rumped tanagers, red-legged honeycreepers, and many others.

It was truly a great way to start a new year and see a new country.

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About the Author

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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