Costa Rica Birds &Wildlife 3

More photographs from Costa Rica of Birds,Reptiles, and Mammals. I am trying higher resolution images that might load slower but will see how it works. Also reducing copyright info size for a cleaner image. If you order prints they will be far higher resolution with a lot more detail and range – up to 50-60 mb.

Lessons Motmot

Lessons Motmot

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Leaf-cutter ants

Leaf-cutter ants

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Brown-hooded Parrot

Brown-hooded Parrot

Costarican Coral Snake

Costarican Coral Snake

Eyelash Pitviper

Eyelash Pitviper

Fer-de-Lance

Fer-de-Lance

Flame Tanager

Flame Tanager

White-necked Jacobin

White-necked Jacobin

Variegated Squirrel

Variegated Squirrel

Capuchin Monkey

Capuchin Monkey

Amazon Kingfisher

Amazon Kingfisher

Eyelash Pitviper yellow

Eyelash Pitviper yellow

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Hoffmanns Woodpeckers

Hoffmanns Woodpeckers

Howler Monkey eating leaf

Howler Monkey eating leaf

King & BlackVultures

King & BlackVultures

Resplendant Quetzal

Resplendant Quetzal

Costa Rica Birds & Wildlife 2

Here are additional photos from the Costa Rica trip spanning from 6 miles s of the Nicaraguan border to the mountainous highlands at 8000 ft of the south.

3-Toed Sloth

3-Toed Sloth

Fiery throated Hummingbird

Fiery throated Hummingbird

Great Curassow

Great Curassow

Magnificent Hummingbird

Magnificent Hummingbird

Northern Tamandua

Northern Tamandua

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

sunset Rancho Solimar

sunset Rancho Solimar

Spectacled Owl

Spectacled Owl

Costa Rica Birds and Wildlife

We just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and visited many different habitats from dry tropical forest, wet tropical lowlands, cloud forests and coastal mangrove.There were a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles photographed.The birds included many Hummingbird species,Trogons, Toucans, Motmots, Herons, Warblers, Tanagers, Owls, Hawks, Kites, Orioles, and Oropendola, Macaws, Parrots, and Woodpeckers.We stayed at remote lodges in at least 5 areas.Tropical Birding organized and led the trip and did an excellent job of finding birds and locations.It really is necessary to have a guide to find many of the birds as they are not always that obvious. We will be updating with new posts with more images in the coming weeks.

Black-mandibled toucan

Black-mandibled toucan

Capuchin monkey

Capuchin monkey

Capuchin monkey

Capuchin monkey

Collared Aracari

Collared Aracari

Collared Aracari

Collared Aracari

Scarlet & Green Macaws

Scarlet & Green Macaws

Green Iguana piggyback

Green Iguana piggyback

Fiery-throated Hummingbird

Fiery-throated Hummingbird

Sandhill Cranes- Bosque del Apache

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes takeoff

Sandhill Cranes takeoff

Sandhill Cranes takeoff

Sandhill Cranes takeoff

Cranes at sunset

Cranes at sunset

Snow Geese and Cranes takeoff

Snow Geese and Cranes takeoff

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Gambel's Quail

Gambel’s Quail

We went to Bosque del Apache south of Albuquerque,NM just after Thanksgiving to photograph the thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese that winter at several wildlife refuges there. There are approx 15,000 cranes and 25,000 snow geese plus a few Bald Eagles, hawks, owls, coyotes, and other wildlife. The birds are there from Nov into Feb and then migrate to nesting grounds in Colorado, Nebraska,and Wyoming. The birds roost in shallow ponds overnight and fly out to feed in corn fields on the preserve and nearby. In late afternoon they return to their protective water so they can be photographed taking off in the morning at sunrise or before and landing before sunset. The visitors center has bird feeders for other birds such as Gambel’s Quail, Pyrrhuloxia, Spotted Towhee, and others.

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For more info contact the Sierra Club or Nature Conservancy in my Blog Roll links

Hawks and Merlin at San Jacinto

I photographed at San Jacinto Wildlife area yesterday and was able to get a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk and a Merlin in flight. There also was the first Golden Eagle that I have seen this year. Usually they don’t arrive until late Nov or Dec. It flew off before I was able to get close enough for a decent shot.

Merlin on branch

Merlin on branch

Merlin in flight

Merlin in flight

Merlin in fog

Merlin in fog

Merlin Takeoff

Merlin Takeoff

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, juve

Red-shouldered Hawk, juve

Teton National Park

Bull Moose

Bull Moose

Bull Moose with Cow

Bull Moose with Cow

Moose Calves

Moose Calves

Aspens in Fall Tetons

Aspens in Fall Tetons

Black Bear Female

Black Bear Female

Dusky Grouse

Dusky Grouse

Bull Elk

Bull Elk

Leigh Lake and Mt Moran

Leigh Lake and Mt Moran

Log Cabin Gros Vente Rd

Log Cabin Gros Vente Rd

Schwabacher's Landing

Schwabacher’s Landing Sunrise

Mule Deer

Mule Deer

We photographed around Jackson Hole, Wyoming in Teton National Park the last week in Sept. It rained, snowed, was partly cloudy, and warmed up to 60 one day but that didn’t stop us. Temps ranged from 25 to 60 over a week. The Moose and Bears are out rain or shine but of course the sunrises and sunsets aren’t too good when it is totally overcast. Some of the best landscapes came right after the rain or snow cleared, which it did. I used my new Canon 5d mark IV with a 17-40mm wide angle lens for landscapes and a Canon 1dxII for wildlife with a 300 mm f2.8 and 1.4 extender.

Allen’s Hummingbirds

I photographed Allen’s Hummingbirds in my front yard. We have them year round, but there is an increase in numbers around August with some migrating south for the winter. They are extremely territorial and spend most of their time chasing away other hummingbirds. It takes standing approx 12 feet away from the flowers and waiting for sometimes hours to catch them feeding. If you try to approach closer they fly away. I was using a Canon 1dx II with a 300 mm f2.8 lens and 1.4 extender usually 1/2000 sec to freeze the wings.

Allens Hummingbird Male

Allens Hummingbird Male

Allens Hummingbird Male

Allens Hummingbird Male

Allens Hummingbird Male

Allens Hummingbird Male

Allens Hummingbird Male

Allens Hummingbird Male

Western Bluebird Feeding Young

Feeding baby Bluebird

Feeding baby Bluebird

Feeding baby Bluebird

Feeding baby Bluebird

W Bluebird feeding lizard to young

W Bluebird feeding lizard to young

W Bluebirds with young

W Bluebirds with young

W Bluebirds with young

W Bluebirds with young

Feeding hungry chick

Feeding hungry chick

Our backyard Western Bluebirds have produced their second batch of young this year- April and now July with 3 young each time. They just fledged last night all at once and are nowhere to be seen today. Usually the parents take them away from nest and often return to the area a couple of weeks later. We have 2 bird baths that they frequent so we see the adults and last years young often.

Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Heron Fishing

Great Blue Heron Fishing


Great Blue Heron Landing

Great Blue Heron Landing


Heron Fishing

Heron Fishing


Heron Catching Fish

Heron Catching Fish


Heron Catching Fish

Heron Catching Fish


Heron Catching Fish

Heron Catching Fish

Great Blue Herons arriving and catching fish at Seabeck, Wa on the Hood Canal west of Bremerton, Wa. This is the same location for the Bald Eagles, both arriving at the same time for the abundance of the sculpin fish at low tide. The morning light was the best at around 8-9 am depending on tides. Once the Herons arrive signaling the low tide and availability of fish, the Bald Eagles follow.