There are 742 species of bird that are found in Costa Rica (ignoring vagrants, very rare birds and birds that cannot be realistically identified with current identification guides). In terms of numbers of species and the size of the country this is one of the best places in the world to go birdwatching!The forests in particular are stunning and birdwatching in Costa Rica is a fantastic experience.The contents of this book are as follows:-* Introduction* Costa Rica Birdlife Overview* Practicalities* Birdwatching Skills* Map of Costa Rica showing the Birdwatching Locations* Location 1: Osa Peninsula* Location 2: San Vito* Location 3: Uvita* Location 4: Nicoya* Location 5: Liberia (brief summary)* Location 6: Monteverde* Location 7: Cano Negro (brief summary)* Location 8: Arenal* Location 9: Sarapiqui* Location 10: Central Valley* Location 11: Tapanti* Location 12: Cahuita (brief summary)* Location 13: Mountains* Other Sites* Birdwatching Itineraries* FAQ* Bird Lists (for Locations, Other Sites and Itineraries)* Costa Rica Bird IndexCosta Rica has been split into thirteen birdwatching locations.
The reasoning behind how these locations have been chosen is explained. Ten of these locations have a location overview and a birdlife overview and a minimum of three recommended sites suitable for a days birdwatching. A total of 34 detailed site descriptions are in the book.Every location and every site has a full-colour map designed to give you a feeling for what the area is like. These maps include compass, scale and GPS coordinates. The maps have been optimised for electronic readers.Lists of possible birds are presented for each of the ten locations.
The possible bird lists include unlikely or difficult birds. A list of what was seen on a research visit to every location is also included. The research visit lists only include birds that could realistically be seen by visitors without specialist local knowledge.Additional lists in this book include one, two and three week itineraries that include travel and accommodation advice suitable for all budgets.
Finally, a three month backpacking itinerary costing $160 a week has also been tested and is described!Dr Duncan James has worked as a professional Wildlife Guide all around the world and has moved onto writing guidebooks. As well as location/site descriptions and wildlife lists he has also written advice on wildlife watching techniques relevant to the kind of habitats you will find. He has also written advice on transport, accommodation and other practical issues that are useful for wildlife watchers.
All types of traveller are considered from budget backpackers to those staying in luxury ecolodges. Finally, identification advice to complement your identification guides has also been included.The book is part of Project 5500 and it is also part of a growing series of books covering wildlife watching destinations around the world. These books are optimised for electronic readers and include a structure that is designed to be easily navigated using the table of contents and the menus at the start of each chapter: any part of the book can be reached by going to the table of contents and then clicking on a sequence of just two links.