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I was fortunate to be able to visit Costa Rica in January. It is a country with an amazing diversity of wildlife and I was especially looking forward to seeing hummingbirds. According to my ''Birds of Costa Rica' there are fifty species in the country, of which we managed to see around fifteen. Gardens are the easiest places to see them, where they can feed from garden flowers and are easier to photograph. I also learnt that they have favourite perches, where they return every few minutes between feeding.
This Charming Hummingbird had a particular favourite spot and was quite approachable. It is a native of Costa Rica and nearby Panama and is one of the hummingbird species where the males form small leks at the edge of the forest, to attract females. This garden was in a lovely setting, surrounded by unspoilt forest forming part of a National Park, and was home to a great range of birds as well as other wildlife.