Birding in Costa Rica – Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)

Birding in Costa Rica – Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)

Part 1/20 of an image “play by play” series taking place in Costa Rica. My tour business leads several highly successful photographic workshops entitled “The Colours of Costa Rica”. What a fantastic place! There is so much to see and do in this country and some really exceptional shooting opportunities. This blog series will feature some of the birds we photographed along with sound-clips of the birdsong (see audio button below the image).

This February 2012 was especially awesome…. imagine, 2 back to back tours full! I will admit, once I returned home the 53 year old body told me this is enough Ray!

We visit a town in the mountains which is surrounded by coffee farms. With this tour being my 4th visit to Providencia, (population 250) I am beginning to feel like I am on my way home while traveling the 3 hours drive south of our San Jose hotel.

It seems that every time we visit this farm we find something new and interesting. This beautiful Palm Tanager jumped into our view for the first time, back on February 14th, 2012. This interesting and alert pose, when decent sharpness instantly made this shot a favorite.

Tripod was used, a gimbal head, steady hand with the best coffee in the world beside me!
1/125s f/6.3 at 400.0mm iso320 Nikon D300 Nikkor 200-400 VR 1

Birding in Costa Rica – Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
The Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum) is a medium-sized passerine bird. This tanager is a resident breeder from Nicaragua south to Bolivia, Paraguay and southern Brazil. It also breeds on Trinidad and, since 1962, on Tobago. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is known by colloquial names such as the 'Palmiste' and the 'Green Jean'.

Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)

All in all this was a wonderful way to start the year. If you are interested in seeing more images from any of my workshops, please check out the photo galleries on my website. Later in 2012 we have workshops scheduled in India, Iceland, Africa, Newfoundland, British Columbia and Tanzania. Check out our tour schedules for more information.

Raymond Barlow

Raymond Barlow

Ray Barlow's passion for capturing birds and wildlife began at the Manila Zoo in 2004. Since then he has established himself as a professional bird and wildlife photographer. Ray is based near to Toronto Canada and hosts photography travel tours and workshops around the world. He goes to places like Yellowstone, Tanzania, Costa Rica, India, and British Columbia. Action photography including animals in chase or birds such as hummingbirds in flight is Ray's specialty. Now being sponsored by Jobu Design gimbal Heads.

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