Costa Rica Wildlife

I would be amiss if I didn’t include pictures other than birds.

Walking stick, Monteverde Forest Reserve
Red eyed frog, Aguila de Osa, Osa Peninsula
Leopard frog, Hotel Bougainvillea, San Jose
Howler monkey, on the road to the Monteverde Cloud Forest
Yes, they have squirrels in Costa Rica
Leaf cutter ants were everywhere

Costa Rica Butterflies

Enjoy the butterflies.  I don’t know the names, they are certainly beautiful.  Some pictures were taken in the Butterfly Garden in Monteverde and others were taken in Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula and at Hotel Bougainvillea in San Jose.

Costa Rica – More Favorites

I have to mention my great guides.  At Aquila de Osa, Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, Carlos Gonzalez,    spotted them all.  He promised scarlet macaws, toucans, monkeys, caracara, iguanas, trogons, ringed and belted kingfishers, boobies, black hawks and much more.  In Monteverde,   Esteban Mendez Vargas,   led me to the bell bird and oropendula at the nest.  He also showed me an hepatic tanager, toucan, and motmot.  Any bird you want to see, Esteban will show you.  Adrian, at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, gave his nature walk talk and was nice enough to point out quite a lot of birds especially for me.  He caught the quetzal family, toucanet, brown catbirds in the nest.  And he arranged for Esteban to guide me the next day.

Injured hummingbird – used only one leg

Tiger striped heron – the family (mate and fledgling) was with him

Clay colored robin, the national bird of Costa Rica

Costa Rica

My dream has been to go to Costa Rica and see the scarlet macaws in the wild.  That dream was realized.  Plus, I got to see and photograph some other things there.  The first pictures are from Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula.

Scarlet macaw sharing breakfast

Scarlet macaw watching us eat breakfast

Lineated woodpecker entertaining us on a hike to find the toucans.

Can’t be in Costa Rica without seeing a reptile.   Chameleon watching the tourists

Juvenile caracara was not bothered by us at all. Its mother was a bit upset, though.

We went from the Corcovado jungle to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.  Now that’s a trip.

This motmot was right next to a cafe on the main road.

Oropendula tending to her young very late in the season to be raising chicks.

Everyone in Costa Rica wants to see the elusive bell bird. Its boing sound is captivating.

Of course I have more pictures to post.