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Raptor Migration in Costa Rica - Amazing!

Listen to this! I recently discovered that my cherished Caribbean paradise possesses a revered status in the bird world. Right here, in the Talamanca Mountains, is one of only three “mega-hawkwatch” sites worldwide, where it is possible to observe raptor numbers from 5,000 to 200,000 birds in a day! The birds, on their way south from the States and Canada are mostly Turkey Vultures, Swainson’s Hawks and Broad Tailed Hawks; but there are also many other kinds of Hawks, Kites and Falcons.

And what's more - I found the observation tower to watch them! It's a beautiful hike through the jungle in the Kekoldi reserve, right near Puerto Viejo. Makes for a wonderful jungle adventure, if you are in the area at this time of year. The migration season continues til the end of November.

You can read all about my adventure here:


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