Costa Rica Bird Watching – With more than 900 species in its territory, Costa Rica is the epicenter for bird watching.
For this reason, two photography contests, one organized by Costa Rica Birding and another by the Costa Rican Ornithological Association (AOCR), encouraged people to explore this rich biodiversity. At the same time the competition motivates participants to raise awareness of the role of avifauna and the importance of its conservation.
Both organizations promoted good practices, penalizing and even disqualifying those photographs that showed stress in the animal, used lenses in macro nests or at very short distances and or used feeders or manipulated the birds.
It was also asked not to use sound recorders (playback) to attract the birds.
The objective behind the Costa Rican Birding contest was to

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