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

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

N Harriers Fight over Prey

Northern Harrier & Prey

Northern Harrier & Prey

Northern Harrier & Prey

Northern Harrier & Prey

N Harriers Fight over Prey

N Harriers Fight over Prey

N Harriers Fight over Prey

N Harriers Fight over Prey

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

At San Jacinto Wildlife Area I observed a Northern Harrier on Prey and then another appeared to try and steal the Prey, a Coot. I managed to photograph from my van about 40 ft away. As long as you stay in your vehicle the birds are not disturbed. Then I saw a dark large shadow overhead and a Golden Eagle flew over the kill, but did not land. Maybe 2 Harriers were too much for the Eagle, although he was much larger !

N Harrier with prey

Merlin on takeoff

Merlin on takeoff

Merlin

Merlin

N Harrier with prey

N Harrier with prey

N Harrier with prey

N Harrier with prey

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Here are some new photos taken in the last few weeks with my new Canon 300 mm f2.8 IS II lens and 2x extender. All the birds are wild and taken at San Jacinto Wildlife area. I saw the N Harrier near the prey and waited until it came back as it flew off at first. After a long wait it started circling near  the prey ( a coot) and then hovered over the prey when I got a few shots off. The Pheasant was near the road and I shot from my van out the window.

San Jacinto Birds and a Skunk !

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Female Pheasant

Female Pheasant

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Kite

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

More raptors are starting to arrive at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Perris, CA. There were N Harriers, Red-tailed hawks, a juvenile Bald Eagle, a Golden Eagle, lots of ducks and  shorebirds, and this Vermilion Flycatcher. The skunk was preening himself and then searching for food near some water. I had to walk within 10 feet to get by on the trail but he was not concerned and just ignored me- Relief !

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

I never get tired of seeing the variations of Red-tailed Hawks and trying to capture them as they take off. These shots were taken from the rolled down window of my van and allowed me to get closer without alarming the bird. The idea is to focus on the bird and keep it there until it takes off and start firing multiple shots. If you don’t already have the camera trained on the hawk you will not get the split second takeoff. Sometimes it can take 30 min before the bird does anything so it takes patience.

Kestrals mating

Kestrals Mating

Kestrals Mating

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I managed to get 2 Kestrals mating yesterday. Hopefully there could be some young in around 29 days after the eggs are laid. Could not get all that close with a 400 mm lens.  I really needed an 800 mm or greater lens or doubler.

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On the way home I got this shot of a red- shouldered hawk taking off from a branch. A crow chased it from the branch.

Red-shouldered hawk chased by crow

Red-shouldered hawk chased by crow