This purple-throated mountain gem was the most beautiful bird we saw in #CostaRica. There were dozens of #hummingbirds busily swarming the feeders of a little coffee shop on the edge of the #MonteverdeCloudForest. For wildlife identification, we used the “The Wildlife of Costa Rica: A Field Guide (Zona Tropical Publications)” by Fiona A. Reid, which had a quick guide to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. While it was extremely useful, I wish we would’ve brought along a separate Birding Guide, as there were too many marvelous bird species to be treated in the field guide. #hummingbirdsofinstagram #tropicalaudubon #mountaingem

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Most tourists who visit #NewOrleans never leave the #FrenchQuarter, and even fewer venture beyond the city. But, those willing to venture just a half-hour from downtown have an opportunity to see some spectacular #Louisiana #wildlife at #BaratariaPreserve in #JeanLafitte #swamp. #Alligators are a sure bet each visit, but we’ve also had regular sightings of #owls, #egrets, #snakes, #otters, #baldeagles, and dozens of types of birds. Allot 2-4 hours for the trails (#BayouCoquilleTrail has the most wildlife) and burn off that three martini lunch. @jeanlafittenps #getoutside #jeanlafittenationalpark

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