Monteverde is well known for its Resplendent Quetzal, a bird that has been on my wish list, since forever! So this stop was a must for me and was the focal point for our visit to Monteverde. Located in mountain cloud forest meant that clouds rolled in and out creating foggy conditions throughout the day. Our first morning was a trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a known location for the quetzal. We took the trail that was recommended and we found many other birds of interest but not the quetzal. Once we returned to the beginning, Chris visited with one of the security guards there and he generously took some time to take us back in the forest and sure enough, he helped us find the Resplendent Quetzal. My photos are of a juvenile and not an adult and with poor lighting, I had to concede that calendar photos were not going to happen, but just seeing the bird was a big thrill!
Costa Rican Warbler