Professional BirdwatchingAllure yourselves with a three hours journey to the secret life of Costa rican birds.
Rise with hundreds of bird calls along the Tarcoles River, feel and see the sun shining and the untamed wildlife waking up. Mangrove Birding Journeys offers you the best birding and nature experience in the area. The boat trip will take you thru 3 hours of unrivaled moments in nature or for those seeking out endemics such as Mangrove Hummingbird, Vireo, Warbler, Flycatchers etc. Or Join us to capture that magnificent golden light of the afternoon, catch good views of the roosting areas in which birds gather together after a long day, raptors like Laughing Falcons calling up loud until light goes down, flocks of Scarlet Macaws returning to the mangroves to sleep, capture great views of shore birds and waders along the mud flats, banks and puddles.
Within the area we have identified over 347 species along the river mangroves and our private property. Dozens of other birds would be found such as Ibis, Ahninga, Cormorants, Pelicans, Frigatebirds bathing in large groups, Ospreys bomb diving for fish, 5 species of Kingfishers including the second smallest one in the world American Pygmy, 9 other species of parrots/alike; 14 species of Herons and a favorite among many Roseate Spoonbill.
We will travel slowly in order to see as many species possible. At MBJ we understand quality and quantity, we offer you both. An experience not to miss
-3 hours boat ride.
-Professional binoculars included (adults only).
-Visit to 3 ecosystems, mangrove, estuary, and riparian forest.
-Drink and snack on the boat.
-Tennis shoes or closed sandals.
-Sunglasses are optional.
Birds galore We booked the morning mangrove tour with the aim of seeing several target birds and weren't disappointed. It was birds all around from the get go. There were only three people participating in the tour plus Randal (the guide) and Oscar (the captain). The boat is one of the typical ones you see on the Tarcoles River (two seaters one very side of the boat, about 20 rows). Tat meant plenty of space to walk around and get a good look at the birds. The boat also has a roof, so at most angles you re protected from the sun. We started of with some birding along the road to their property where the boat landing is. There were already a large number of parrots and parakeets there. Once on the boat we saw a large number of herons, terns (including Black Skimmer) and waders. Being on a boat allows you to get really close to the birds which isexcellent if you are into bird photography. We started off in the mangrove section where Randals and Oscars keen eyes soon yielded a lot of the specialty birds (Prothonotary Warbler, Mangrove Warbler, Panamanian Flycatcher, ...). They also know the sounds of every bird that lives in the mangrove and will do their best to call them in (Randal can imitate a lot of them). He didn't overdo it, so that any disturbance was reduced to the minimum. Very respectful of nature. After the mangrove section we headed up the main river to check a spot for Double-striped Thick-Knee and we weren't disappointed. Thanks to their excellent knowledge of the tides on the river, we were able to reach the spot at the right time. All in all I couldn't recommend this trip more. It delivers on all that is promised and more. Very much worth your while.