Is a journey to capture 365 species of birds on a 15 days’ bird photography tour. Unlike other expeditions we are presenting you fiction versus reality. Most bird expeditions lack a true exposition of what you are facing, the challenges, the possible scenarios, the ups and downs, how weather affect or benefits the quality and quantity of success rate.
We will be on a mission to achieve multiple goals during the entire length of the trip. Many are left to know the where and the how but many others are mere luck” or to nature.
In our first week the chosen destinations would give us a good number of species but more importantly many opportunities to capture the same species on plenty different momentums.
In the second week the focus would be in capturing more wild behaviour.
Challenges: if we let aside photography skills as a main subject to address. Several are at the top of our list.
Tropical Forest during the dry season has some disadvantages: strong sunlight in the early morning for a short time, this would put us in a rush to be before it builds up until it turns white and the golden glow fades away. Is very similar at the end day until complete darkness which happens very quickly this close to the ecuador.
Possible Scenarios: As photographers we believe that we can “stage” the moment, the capture in other words we know what is possible at certain locations, and hours.
Weather can be a critical role but not necessarily in a bad way in few places such as highlands and few others rain is a key factor of success during and/or after.
Ups and Downs: We are aware that both of them could happen suddenly with the influence of nature. We like to split them in order to provide a broad idea of what you might see during our tours.
Ups: it could be very hard to mention them all but a comprehensive list would be of great help.
Phenology: Fruiting and flowering time. Not a secret that birds are heavily attracted to them.
Stable weather: Although this can be sort of predicted by month and by region or destination.
Access to the right places: Knowing the where and when is essential to the daily progress of the expedition. Moving and covering certain distances, terrains or even changing the set up daily itinerary can fluctuate.
Downs can be narrowed to weather; with 56 micro climates Costa Rica and overwhelming topography in matters of minutes everything can change.
Nonetheless, in some of the areas extreme sun rain, overcast skies, and even wind might help to capture unique images.
We had added only some of the hundreds of possible real life scenarios during a photography trip in Costa Rica, we truly hope to get ourselves understood on the challenge of what millions are passionate about. Birds and their secret lives.