Curú Wildlife Refuge & Tortuga Island

Jan 01, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Time passes so fast! New day! New year!

Early this morning, as the sun started to raise over the horizon, we reached Curú Wildlife Refuge. The onset of scenery here is truly breathtaking: an expansive sandy beach flanked by exposed ruddy rocked hills topped with semi-deciduous forest. Upon disembarkation, we started exploring the adjacent mangrove forest and tropical dry forest and as expected, we soon found a great abundance of wildlife. Lucky day indeed! Because we found at least two separate troops of white-faced capuchin monkeys, two troops of howler monkeys, and two troops of white-nosed coatis. Aside from that, collared peccaries, white-tailed deer, and crab-eating raccoons. For those of us particularly interested in birds we had great views of many species of flycatchers, wrens, parrots, and the national bird of Nicaragua – the beautiful turquoise-browed motmot. What a fantastic day we had in Curú Wildlife Refuge!

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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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Mark Coger

Video Chronicler

Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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