Costa Rica 2020

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Drake Bay

 

Whist exploring the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Drake Bay in Costa Rica in the dry season at the beginning of this year I was on a mission to capture the amazing bird life found in the stunning rainforests. Due to COVID-19 my diving plans were cancelled allowing me to take the opportunity to explore deeper into the rainforest to discover an explosion of sounds, colour and life.

Driving into the Monteverde Cloud Forest you enter the clouds to find a hidden world covered head to toe in moss and the largest plants I had ever seen. Walking on the forest floor which is covered by human sized leaves and tree roots you feel like an ant. You are ingulfed in a symphony

 

of green and the most beautiful bird sounds. But my mission was to find a Quetzal bird and being on the forest floor wasn’t going to help, so I needed to go higher. I went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve where I was able to do just that. You walk across hanging bridges high up in the tree tops, perfect for bird watching. After many hours of waiting, I was looking at a tree ahead thinking how the leaves looked exactly like a Male Quetzal feather and suddenly a Quetzal flew out of the tree and straight towards me followed by another Juvenile male. As it was mating seaon I knew there must me a female around, and I was just about to watch two males fight over the female for the next 50 mins. The best part was it was just me there to enjoy the event. 

 

Travelling down to Drake Bay I experienced a completely different kind of rainforest filled with heat and misquotes. The road to Drake Bay felt like a scene out of Jurassic Park. The landscape was filled with a thick blanket of trees with silhouettes of Scarlet Macaws flying in the distance. I had to pinch myself a few times as it really felt like you were entering a dream. Whilst staying in Drake Bay my accomodation looked out over the ocean where I saw countless jumping Mantas whilst Scarlet Macaws flew by. There were monkeys and sloths in the trees behind and, my favourite, Toucans eating berries from the tree in front of my balcony. 

 

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