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

Yellowstone and Grand Tetons

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Black Bear CubBlack Bear Cub

Why Don't We Do It In the Road” Why Don’t We Do It In The Road ?” The Beatles

Bison Stampede

Bison Stampede

Black Bear Cub Cinnamon

Black Bear Cub Cinnamon

Black Bear Cub CinnamonBlack Bear Cub Cinnamon

Canada GeeseCanada GeeseBull Elk

Bull Elk

Fox Hunting for Gopher

Fox Hunting for Gopher

Golden Marmot

Golden Marmot

Great Gray Owl with Gopher

Great Gray Owl

 

Great Gray Owl with Gopher

Great Gray Owl with Gopher

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl

Osprey Nest

Osprey Nest

Pronghorn Antelope Sparring

Pronghorn Antelope Sparring

Red-Shafted Flicker at Nest

Red-Shafted Flicker at Nest

Tetons at Schwabacher Landing

Tetons at Schwabacher Landing

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

We spent 12 days in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton near Jackson Hole, Wy. Most of the wildlife was shot in the Lamar Valley in the NE section of Yellowstone east of Mammoth Hot Springs. We were there the middle of May until the 22 and it snowed once or twice with some rain. Temperature ranged from 29 to 45 at night and mostly in the 50’s to 60 days. This is a good time to go before the large influx of tourists although there already were plenty clogging the roads every time a bear appeared on the side of the road. Most of the wildlife was shot with a 300 mm f2.8 Canon lens with either a 1.4 or 2 x extender and a Canon 7d mark ii or the new Canon 1DX mark ii body The landscape was with a 17-40 mm wide angle mostly on the full frame body. There are more photos which I will post later.

 

 

Bald Eagle nest, Reddish Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Burrowing Owls, SW Florida

Bald Eagle, Cape Coral,Fl

Bald Eagle, Cape Coral,Fl

Bald Eagle nest

Bald Eagle nest

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Burrowing Owl, Fl

Burrowing Owl, Fl

Burrowing Owl w Frog

Burrowing Owl w Frog

Burrowing owls with frog

Burrowing owls with frog

Burrowing owl, Florida

Burrowing owl, Florida

Burrowing Owl pair

Burrowing Owl pair

Roseate Spoonbill Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill
Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill
Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill
Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

 

We just returned from a trip to SW Florida including Ding Darling Preserve on Sanibel Island, Corkscrew Swamp (Audubon) near Naples, Fl, and Cape Coral, Fl where the Burrowing Owls and the Bald Eagle nest was located. Winter from Nov until March is the best time to go before some of the birds leave and the weather gets hotter and more humid. Sanibel Island (Ding Darling) is best early in the morning at sunrise and low tide. Forget the middle of the day as the light is too harsh and the birds are not very active. You need at least a 300 mm lens or 400-600 for more distant birds. Some birds are not very afraid of people so they come within 10 feet at times if you stay still but I used 420 mm most of the time. ( I used my new 300 f2.8 IS II with a 1.4 extender most of the time giving me 420mm with my Canon 7d mark II.) On the Bald Eagle nest I used the 300 with a 2x extender as I was over 150 feet away (as close as allowed with signs protecting the nest).

I will post more photos including Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Painted Bunting, an alligator, and  a Red-Bellied Woodpecker soon in the next blog.

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Arizona Chiricahua Mountain Birds

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove

Elf Owl at nest

Elf Owl at nest

Elf Owl in nest cavity

Elf Owl in nest cavity

Gambels Quail Breeding

Gambels Quail Breeding

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

 

Elegant Trogon

Elegant Trogon

Gambel's Quail Breeding

Gambel’s Quail Breeding

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia male

Pyrrhuloxia male

Pyrrhuloxia on Agave

Pyrrhuloxia on Agave

Pyrrhuloxia male

Pyrrhuloxia male

 

Western Screech Owl

Western Screech Owl

Whiskered Screech Owl

Whiskered Screech Owl

On our latest trip to the Chiricahua mountains in southeastern Arizona, near the town of Portal, there were some spectacular birds. I was able to photograph Western Screech Owls, Whiskered Screech owls, and Elf owls.The Elf Owl is the smallest owl in the world at 5-6″ high and weighing only 1 ounce.  Other birds include the Elegant Trogon only found in a few mountain ranges in southeast Arizona, Mexico and Central America with an estimate of only 100 birds in the U.S. These were in the south fork of Cave Creek Canyon south of Portal. The Pyrrhuloxia is a subspecies of the Northern Cardinal found only in S Texas, New Mexico, and S. Arizona. The Gambel’s Quail were in a breeding ritual with the female jumping in the air and making different vocalizations. Two males fought over the right to mate with the female.

 

Burrowing Owl Juveniles

Burrowing Owl female with juvenile

Burrowing Owl female with juvenile

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Burrowing Owls are becoming increasingly rare in San Diego Co due to loss of habitat and predators. This is the first time I was able to get the juveniles as they start to leave their underground burrows, often empty ground squirrel burrows. They primarily eat insects, mice, lizards, and  small rodents.

Owls and Great Blue Herons

Great Horned Owl chicks

Great Horned Owl chicks

 

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barn Owls

Barn Owls

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Blue Heron nest

Great Horned Owl Chicks

Great Horned Owl Chicks

 

Here are some recent photographs of Great Horned Owl chicks and Barn Owls. The unusual part is that they were in the same barn and coexisted. Usually Great Horned are dominant and will kill or chase away the Barn owls.

 

The Great Blue Herons are in tall pine trees near the coast and the young can fly but still hang around the nest to be fed by the adults. It is not smart to stand directly under the nest as the extensive “white-wash” on the ground is a warning.

Snowy Owls 2

Snowy Owl in Flight

Snowy Owl in Flight

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl cleaning Talons

Snowy Owl cleaning Talons

Snowy Owl at Takeoff

Snowy Owl at Takeoff

More Snowy Owl photos from our trip to Seattle in early Jan. I went through my original images and found a few more that I liked out of a couple of hundred raw shots. Sometimes it pays to go back and process images that did not “pop out” the first time around.