Birding Costa Rica

                                                                        Birdwatching with the locals

Costa Rica is a small country with the greatest  diversity of species per area in the world. Our country has a nice variety of habitats for birding, and many national parks, so it makes a birdwatcher`s paradise! 

Johan Fernández is BirdingCR CEO´s, he endeavors to share his knowledge of the incredible birds and natural beauty of Costa Rica. With his years of experience guiding birdwatchers from all over the world, Johan is ready and able to answer all questions to help make your birdwatching trip to Costa Rica both enjoyable and successful. His extensive knowledge of birds, combined with his desire to provide exceptional service, is the reason tours with Birding CR deliver the highest customer satisfaction. 

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About us. Our team

Johan has worked as a guide from 2003, since then his passion about nature it been growing. In 2007 after amazing encounters with the birds of Carara National Park he decided to initiate a research about the birds of Carara that leads him to create and organize the Christmas Bird Count of Central Pacific of Costa Rica with Audubon National Society, in 2007 Johan is part of the organizing committee of Shore Birds Count of Costa Rica, and during the "shore bird" count he reported by first time to its country the Pacific Golden Plover. Johan is also co-founder of the Costa Rican Ornithologists Union, where actively participates in the various bird conservation programs, he has conducted several bird’s inventories in various areas of Costa Rica so he has a great knowledge about the status and distribution of the Costa Rican birds. He was selected by Noah Striker to guide him during his visit to Costar Rica for the Global Big Year in 2015 and their journey is well described on Noah´ book "Birding without Borders".

From very young age Jeison had the opportunity to explore and discover some secrets of nature by hiking with his grandfather in the mountains of the rural town where he grew up.

Leading tours since 2005, Jeison decided to go further and obtain his university degree as a certified naturalist guide in 2009, He has also participated in courses and talks on nature and generalities of Costa Rica.

Jeison collaborates every year in Christmas bird counts and bird population monitoring in different regions of Costa Rica, his vocation, enthusiasm and great love for birds has allowed him to learn about their distribution, behavior and develop skills to identify them.

Jeison has great knowledge about his country, its regions, history, culture and of course a great availability to show it.

Hugo Villalobos Sánchez, a naturalist guide since 2008, he graduated from the University of Costa Rica as a professional in Ecotourism and he has a master degree in sustainable development. Hugo has lead birding tours since 2010, he has great experience in the identification of Central American´s birds, he has seen over 750 species in Costa Rica, he has been a participant of bird counts in Costa Rica since 2006 and he is a leader member of the organization for Christmas bird Count in Western Cloud Forest, San Ramón.

Minor has fifteen years of birding experience across Costa Rica and the US. In addition to spotting birds all over the country, he has dabbled in photography since 2014 and understands many birdwatchers’ and photographers’ need to get “the One,” even if they have to spend hours chasing the target.

In 2016 Minor took first place in both the annual Birds of Costa Rica national photography contest and the Osa Peninsula International Festival of Migratory Birds photography contest.

Minor has official credentials as a general tour guide and naturalist guide from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.


Accurate, detail oriented,  and dedicated are just some of the characteristics of Karol our Operations Officer; she will be in  charge of all your reservations and will double check that everything works as planned, so your program will runs smoothly, Karol lives near Carara area and she is a great assets to our team

Why us?

We really owns the local knowledge about birdwatching in Costa Rica, we know how to found the birds! by going to the best location, habitats, we learned the sounds,

Brithish TV celebrity, producer and film maker, Nigel  Marven has worked at the BBC for well over a decade, in this time producing many primetime wildlife films including Life of Birds (with Sir David Attenborough). Nigel often visits Costa Rica and birds with Johan at the amazing rain forest at the Costa Rica`s Central Pacific region. 

Johan Fernández led Noah Strycker during his global big year. In 2015, Noah set a record for a worldwide Big Year of birding, seeing 6,042 of the world's estimated 10,400 bird species in a continuous journey spanning all seven continents from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. During his visit to Costa Rica we got a total 413 species in 7 days. 158 species were new for the big year project. That’s an average of 22.5 new birds per day, all week long!.  

In a photo blind at the Caribbean slope, photographing the magnificent King Vulture, in company of one the best bird photographers in the world Aaron Baggenstos

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