Postcard-Colorful Costa Rica’s Scarlet Macaw

On the remote Osa Peninsula, a place National Geographic labeled, “the most biologically intense place on earth” travelers find Costa Rica’s real riches – its wildlife.  As the last place settled in the country, it can be argued it is the ‘pure” in the country’s mantra and way of life, “Pura Vida.”

a scarlet macaw at el remanso lodge on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica

the bird spotted me and gave me a look... beautiful.

When I arrived at the El Remanso Lodge after a 45 minuted off-road adventure in a Land Rover, I was immediately ushered to see one of the true birding prizes of the region, the Scarlet Macaw. Two days later four Scarlet Macaws returned, along with two Toucans, to create a frenzy of excitement among the few guests. I stepped away from my lunch to snap this image of one just outside the pavilion in the wild of Costa Rica’s, Osa Peninsula. Enjoy.

Stay adventurous, Craig

I traveled to Costa Rica as part of the Gift of Happiness program. If you like wildlife, the Osa Peninsula is a great place to find it. Of course, as always, all opinions and photographs on the site are my own.


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  • @mrsoaroundworld

    That is a pretty bird!

  • Lazy Travelers

    following your trip to costa rica really made me wish a return to central america was in my near future! pretty pic.

    • craig zabransky

      my trip definitely reminded me how much I love the Pura Vida lifestyle… great destination. i hope to be back soon myself. StayPuraVida, Craig

  • The World Wanderer

    I have been dying to get to Costa Rica! Hopefully soon! I love this shot too. Beautiful as always. :)

    • craig zabransky

      As always, well thank you. And definitely make time to visit Costa Rica, great country, much to offer… StayNewWorld, Craig

  • Mary Anne

    Gorgeous birds and sounds like you had a great time. “wish you were here” is what I think of when I think of postcards. I wish I was there…

    • craig zabransky

      Mary Anne, you must give me your address, maybe DM me.. I’ll send that post card… I try to send loads of postcards on every trip. StayWritingWishYouWereHeres, Craig

  • Leah Travels

    I loved following this trip of yours. I studied in Costa Rica in college, and the country has a very special place in my heart. Another beautiful photo, Craig.

    • craig zabransky

      A special place in my heart too… mi corazon. I studied here too, Spanish…. Need more time in class instead of surfing maybe… Thanks for using the word “another.” StayStudyinginCostaRica, Craig