Though my focus is always on nature, I did make a few shots of the 18 club members on trip.
Pat is our club birding guide and very good at finding birds! He is from states but married to a Tica with CR children now!
“Now are you sure everything is in a waterproof bag?
Our feet were wet before we ever got to canoe.
Dugout canoes with outboard motors on the rear and traditional pole in front.
Right outside our thatched roof housing we find many birds!
At least once we didn’t have to wade the stream!
There are about a hundred members of the “Birding Club of Costa Rica” with expats possibly being in the majority (or at least were for this trip). Each and every person is so nice and very interesting with people like my roommate who still works for the World Bank, another retired from the United Nations, and another who sold his software company to Steve Jobs and built a home in Costa Rica. Then there’s the writer and the fun Dutch couple, the author of the latest Costa Rica birding book and so many many more to get acquainted with! I look forward to it!
The only meeting is an annual business meeting with everything else being field trips to find birds. And a cool Christmas Party they tell me! I never made time for a birding club in the states, so this is going to be fun! I’ve already bought the club T-shirt! 🙂
“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.”