Costa Rica Birding Journeys Day Trips: Traveler Reviews
De regreso a Francia sin problemas ,pero la vida sin avistar y fotografiar cincuenta pajaros o mas por dia es triste...
Muchas gracias por haberte dedicado a nuestro grupo con tanta eficiencia.Espero volver algun dia y mientras tanto espero con i
mpaciencia tu DVD.
Un cordial saludo.
Holà Amigo Randall
Ce fut un plaisir incontesté de partager ton expérience illimitée sur les oiseaux du Costa Rica pendant 12 jours
consécutifs très intenses.Je recommande à tous les ornithologues amateurs et avancés de profiter de tes talents d'imitateurs
de chants d'oiseaux et de tes nombreuses connaissances de la faune ailée, de ton dynamisme, de tes compétences et ta détermination
à satisfaire tes clients devenus tes amis à la fin de tes excursions.
Merci mille fois Randall pour cette merveilleuse aventure et au plaisir de retourner te voir dans un avenir rapproché pour satisfaire une
fois de plus ma passion des oiseaux.
Salutations à Jorge pour cette belle complicité avec toi
Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada
"It's hard to believe that just over two
weeks ago we three (aka Tres Amigos) were birding with you at
Carara National Park. You have worked diligently to bring
attention to the abundant birdlife found at that unique
biological crossroad, and we certainly were able to see far more
birds there than at any other destination on our trip. But
we also understand that without your patient, expert guidance we
would have been much less successful and much more bewildered!
Having said that, I certainly appreciate the
fact that you treated us as colleagues rather than "clients".
The entire experience was very collaborative, which helped us
hone our own skills and to understand more about the birds we
were seeing and the place we were visiting. You educated
us with knowledge, conviction, and wit.
It is impossible to sort through the
lengthy list of birds seen and point out a single highlight, but
we were grateful to have been with you when you found the
Turquoise Cotinga. Your own excitement testified to the
fact that such a sighting isn't commonplace, and it is moments
like that which give birders a very real feeling of
Gary Hunter, USA
" In October 2007 we did an extensive
tour with Randall over a large area of Costa Rica. Randall is a
very enthusiastic and hardworking guide, he also made the trip
fun for us . Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about birds
he knows exactly where to find them. We saw 360 species in 14
days and some very impressive rarities. I heartily recommend
anyone to tour with him " .
Dave Briddo, England.
"We had such a wonderful trip, and the highlight was definitely
the time we spent with you. I hope we can do it again one of
Donna Hamer, New Jersey, USA
"I just wanted to drop you a
line to thank you for making my first real birding
experience a satisfying one. I was with the birding club you
guided on the high trail in Carara Park... Having an
experienced guide made all the difference for me. Thanks
Peter Wagner, California, USA
"We would like to thank you for
your great ability to find the hard birds at Carara National
Park, we had spent a little over 2 weeks in Costa Rica, and
we had the best day of birding at Carara, only because of
Lorna and John, United Kingdom
"I can not believe we got to
see and hear 189 species on one day at Carara. We are
impressed with your vast knowledge of the birds at the
Ian, United Kingdom
et moi personnelment sommes impresionne avec ton talent de
conaitre les oiseaux de ton pays."
Leonard Bouffard, Montreal, Canada
"Your birding skills are
exceptional, absolutely the best. I will recommend you
to anyone visiting Costa Rica."
Tong Ginn, USA
"I just wanted to tell you what
a great time Betsy and I had birding with you at Carara. It
was such a treat to see so many new birds with such an
expert guide. It was the highlight of the trip for me."
Craig Walker, Tennessee, USA
"I have been meaning to write
to thank you for the wonderful time I had birding with you.
I sent an email to my friend in Denver, Todd Meyer, his
email address is; email@example.com I told him you may be
heading his way this year and to get in touch to go birding
in Denver. Your keen knowledge of the birds of Costa Rica
was uncanny. I have never before seen a guide call in so
many species without the use of tapes. How do you whistle
some of those songs? It is truly an amazing gift you have
and I am honored to have walked with you to experience a
REAL birding guide. How did you like the CDs? Did the driver
get you the sampler CD I sent back with him? Hope to hear
from you again in the future. By the way, Saul, the
naturalist from Rainmaker, says hi. He said he spent time
studying with you in Costa Rica years ago. I told him about
my trip with you and he said he remembers you being a really
good birder back then too."
Brian St. Clair
My wife (Darlene) and I (Joe) from San Francisco California
met you last month on a guide tour of Carara. We had a great
time and you did a incredible job showing us the park and
many, many, many birds and want to thank you for that."
como esta hoy?
I am missing Costa Rica!! It is really very hot here, and so
humid it isn't even pleasant to go into the pool! We have
had so many birds nesting in our yard; we've had 4 clutches
of wrens, two of cardinals, chickadees, blue jays,
goldfinches, and catbirds. There are cardinals nesting in
the rose bush that covers my kitchen window, so we really
have a "bird's eye view"!! We had such a wonderful trip, and
the highlight was dedinitely the time we spent with you
Randall. I hope we can do it again one of these years! let
us know how your real estate plans are going! My pictures
are not very good...too dark and I just don't have decent
equipment. So that is my goal for next year; savng money to
invest in new camera gear. Although I have no idea what to
buy! Maybe I'll look into an adaptor and digital camera for
Jim's scope, and I'll just stick with my SLR but upgrade to
a Canon or Nikon. How is your wife and daughter? I hope all
is well with you. I miss the macaws! I watched a special
about Macaws last night, in Brazil and Peru, and I'm ready
for another adventure!
"I just had the best 8 hours of birding in my life.
As a 35-year professional wildlife biologist, birder and sometimes tour leader
in the U.S., I speak from experience. When planning our two days at Carara
National Park, Randall Ortega Chaves was recommended. He was the consummate
field guide, expert at finding, identifying and discussing the ecological role
of many species encountered. His pride in Costa Rica and his dedication to and
love of Carara and the forest were evident. He advised that I put away my
notebook because there would be no time to write, even the species names. He was
right-the birds and other animals came non-stop. And he later recalled every
observation for our records. I am likely not the first to recommend Randall for
hard-core or casual birders". The boat tour with Luis was fantastic-especially
so for my wife who had an easier time seeing everything from the boat. Among
many impressive sights were close-up views of 19 Scarlet Macaws, a male Mangrove
Hummingbird, nesting Turquoise Motmot, a Mangrove Vireo, three Mangrove Black
Hawks being stooped on by a Plumbeous Kite, a flock of Brown-chested Martins and
3 Double-striped Thick-knees.
Thanks again for a fantastic experience,"
"I just wanted to thank you
again for the best day I had in Costa Rica. You made our
time together very enjoyable not just because of your
extensive expertise but also because you are very nice to
spend time with. It is very enlightening to discover what is
most important and memorable to us in our lives. It is not
always what we expect. I came to Costa Rica to see the birds
and the rainforest but one of my most precious memories of
the trip will be sharing tomato and cheese sandwiches with
you. Thank you so much. I hope to spend another wonderful
day with you when I come back, as I know I will. I was
serious about my offer to have you stay at my house if you
ever come to Maryland. I live in a nice birding area, not to
far from the mountains, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic
Ocean. Keep me up to date on the progress of your books. I
am very interested. When I came home from the trip I found I
had a new appreciation for our own birds. I suppose we have
a tendency to take them for granted after seeing them so
often. Now I think I look at them with a new eye."
"Randall, thank you for a
wonderfull day in Carara. From all the birdguides we had in
Costa Rica, you stand out as the best."
Patty & Patty
We returned to Texas yesterday
after our last few enjoyable days with Joan and Lenny and my
last bird in Costa Rica was a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl at the
bottom of their garden! My only owl. Also saw Blue-crowned
Motmots in the garden too. We can’t begin to thank you for
those wonderful few days spent with you in CR and without
you our experiences would have been very limited. In the end
I saw 185 species, fewer than I thought, but forest birding
is always very difficult and I missed a lot of what you saw.
Anyway, as you know, I’m not a lister and far prefer quality
to quantity, and you gave us plenty of quality. We shall
long remember the boat trip and the Quetzals. Just one
query, what was that treecreeper species we saw so well on
our last morning at Savegre, just before going into
breakfast? I’ll keep in touch once I get back to South
Africa and will certainly steer anyone interested in the
services of Costa Rica’s best guide your way. Love to
Harmony and you beautiful daughter. Best wishes, Pedrito and
Peter Steyn, South Africa.