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

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.

SW Florida birds and alligator

Anhinga

Anhinga

American Alligator

American Alligator

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Raccoon, Corkscrew Swamp

Raccoon, Corkscrew Swamp

Here are some more images from the SW Florida trip. The Painted Buntings,Woodpecker, Anhinga & Raccoon were at the Corkscrew Swamp Audubon center near Naples, Fl. The Little Blue Heron and Alligator were at Ding Darling, Sanibel Island and came within a few feet of me, feeding in the shallow water.

Laguna Beach Landscape and Birds

Gull with starfish

Gull with starfish

 

Gull with starfish

Gull with starfish

 

Gull with starfish

Gull with starfish

 

Bird Rock at sunset, Crescent Bay (Laguna Beach, Ca)

Bird Rock at sunset, Crescent Bay (Laguna Beach, Ca)

 

Bird Rock at sunset, Crescent Bay (Laguna Beach, Ca)

Bird Rock at sunset, Crescent Bay (Laguna Beach, Ca)

Green Heron, Bolsa Chica Preserve (Huntington Beach, CA)
Green Heron, Bolsa Chica Preserve (Huntington Beach, CA)

 

After a couple more days photographing at Laguna Beach, CA  (Shaw’s Cove), Crescent Bay (Laguna) and Bolsa Chica I shot these photos. The sunsets are more bird landscapes with the Cormorants and Pelicans on the rocks taking a backseat to the spectacular sunset. The gulls were eating starfish due to their dying from warmer than usual water temps. Some actually swallow the starfish whole, while others tear them apart on the rocks.  The Green Heron is a juvenile at Bolsa Chica about 15 miles north  of Laguna.

Black-crowned Night Heron chicks

Night-crowned Heron chicks

Black-crowned Night Heron chicks

 

Night-crowned Herons feeding

Black-crowned Night Herons feeding

 

Night-crowned Heron chickBlack-crowned Night Heron chick

Black-crowned Night Heron chicks just out of the nest feeding at Lake Elsinore and Safari Park. They are extremely noisy and competitive towards their siblings. To get good images all you do is sit there and wait until you hear loud begging for food calls from the chicks.