Photos: 10 amazing hummingbirds in Costa Rica

Florian Kuster | May 4, 2017
Magenta-throated woodstar, male.

Being from Europe, I didn’t see a hummingbird until I was 27 years old in Venezuela, but it was love at first sight. Ever since I’ve been fascinated by the way they move, their beauty and their tiny size.

Although hummingbirds tend to be on the nervous side, sitting in a garden surrounded by flowers and watching hummingbirds go after their beloved nectar can be a very relaxing activity. The camera helps to freeze the scenes and make visible what the naked eye misses.

The flying skills of these hovering gems are topped only by their beauty. This is nature at its finest.

The over 50 species of hummingbirds that live in Costa Rica are spread all over the country, from mangrove forests to rain forests to cloud forests to 3,000-meter páramo landscapes.

It has become a personal mission for me to capture and share wildlife images. If more and more people fall in love with nature, there is a natural call to protect our mother Earth. I truly hope we can hand over a blue and green planet to the next generation.

Scintillant hummingbird, female.
Scintillant hummingbird, female. Florian Kuster
Magnificent hummingbird, male.
Magnificent hummingbird, male. Florian Kuster
Magenta-throated woodstar, female.
Scintillant hummingbird, female. Florian Kuster
Green violetear.
Lesser violetear. Florian Kuster
Black-bellied hummingbird, male.
Black-bellied hummingbird, male. Florian Kuster
White-throated mountaingem, male.
White-throated mountaingem, male. Florian Kuster
White-necked jacobin, male.
White-necked jacobin, male. Florian Kuster
Volcano hummingbird, male.
Volcano hummingbird, male. Florian Kuster
Violet sabrewing, male.
Violet sabrewing, male. Florian Kuster

Florian Kuster is a Swiss photographer living in Costa Rica who specializes in architecture photograpy, 360˚virtual tours and videos. In his free time he is a passionate nature and wildlife photographer and sometimes takes his friends on tour to discover the beautifully green and versatile Costa RicaFor licensing nature images please write to


  1. Truly love your work

    Comment by Marlene paul — May 4, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

  2. awesome pictures, thank you so much!

    Comment by Jon Shong — May 4, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

  3. Muy bonita que bellaza

    Comment by Dan Vincent — May 4, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

  4. I have been a fan of The Tico Times for 23 years. I love Derry Dyer’s stories when she travels . I also love anything about animals and birds .. I look forward to seeing more animal stories & Photos and stories on birds …
    we – in Costa Rica – have made such an amazing and significant change in how we care for our dogs and cats / including more responsible ownership and numerous small animal veterinarians who provide spay and neuter services / in the central valley. We are a great example for the rest of Latin America that does not have the proper funds nor a humane strategy for companion animal overpopulation and the suffering disenfranchised animals in the streets … Costa Rica has done an amazing job in providing NGOs & private practice veterinarians to solve this crisis that exist throughout Latin America – where massive killing seems to be the only strategy in animal management … May I say that The Tico Times has been one of the strong partners in this humane cultural shift.

    Comment by Christine — May 4, 2017 @ 2:01 pm

  5. Thanks Christine and amen.

    Comment by Karl Kahler — May 4, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

  6. Great pictures! I have 6 hummingbird feeders and just ordered 2 more. I love watching them feed. Thank you for sharing your pictures!

    Comment by Jane Ginewsky — May 4, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

  7. Awesome job by Florian. He is also a great real estate photographer. Would love to see some on the real estate section. Keep publishing photos like this on the Tico Times Karl, it’s beautiful!

    Comment by CARL Y HENFLING — May 8, 2017 @ 9:40 am

  8. This is wonderful little bird, I love all creatures for Jehovah God. Awesome report. Congratulation

    Comment by Marcelo Jiménez Morales — May 8, 2017 @ 10:49 am

  9. Have been having a real problem with feeders and insects. First it was ants, that would crawl right into the bottle until it was nearly full. Fixed that problem by putting sticky fly-paper around the string holding the feeder. Stopped their access. Then, these little mini bees, showed up on mass, occupied all the feeding holes, and scared the hummingbirds away.
    Does someone have a solution for these mini bees, and/or other insects, around the feeders???

    Comment by Larry Olynyk — May 9, 2017 @ 12:08 pm

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