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

Arches & Canyonlands Nat. Pks

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Balanced Rock, Arches

Balanced Rock, Arches

Balanced Rock Sunset

Balanced Rock Sunset

Courthouse Towers, Arches

Courthouse Towers, Arches

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Goblin Valley St Park

Goblin Valley St Park

Goblin Valley St Park

Goblin Valley St Park

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

South Window Arch

South Window Arch

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Deadhorse Pt

Sunset Deadhorse Pt

Twisted Juniper

Twisted Juniper

Windows Arches

Windows Arches

We spent 8 days photographing Arches and Canyonlands Nat Pks trying to get up before sunrise and also shoot at sunset- the best light of the day. I had wanted to do some night photography but it was cloudy at night most of the time. These 2 parks had some spectacular scenery with some of the best rock formations in the U.S. Most of the images are with a Canon 1dx mark ii and a Canon 17-40 mm wide angle lens  and in a few cases a 14mm Rokinon lens.  Moab is a great place to stay with good motels and a few good restaurants, especially Desert Bistro. We pretty much stayed on the main road but if you have a 4 wheel  drive hundreds of miles of roads are available, especially in Canyonlands.

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.