Before breakfast, we went out and photographed the sun rising over the mountains and illuminating the mist in the Carara National Park. Then followed up with some bird photography.
|Mist illuminated by the sun in black and white|
|Scarlet macaw eating teak nuts|
After breakfast, we traveled down to the "Crocodile Bridge" which crosses the Tarcoles River where you can see many crocodiles below you. It is a favorite tourist spot. The majority of crocodiles would just sunning themselves either in the water or on the shore. A great egret landed near a crocodile and started exploring looking for food to capture, and the crocodile slowly started to follow it in the water, hoping for a meal. The great egret was smarter and return to the shore away from the hungry crock. An interesting site was a butterfly flitting around the head of a crocodile and landing on its nose.
|Looking down at crocodiles from the crocodile Bridge|
|crocodile following a great egret|
|butterfly on the nose of a crocodile|
|crocodile climbing out of the water|
Returning to the Lodge, prior to lunch and afterwards we continued to photograph the birds in the area, including a Pacific screech owl.
|Pacific screech owl|
The afternoon was taken up with another trip down the Tarcoles River on the crocodile boat. What made this trip different is the majority of the trip was in a heavy downpour and thunderstorm. As I stated above, even with raincoats on us, we got wet but the camera and lenses raincoats kept them dry.
|three's Black neck stilts in a row in the pouring rain|
|Willet in the rain|
|mist rising from the forest. After the heavy rain|
After supper, walking back to my room, I noticed fireflies blinking on the path, so I composed a composite picture, plus a video of the fireflies.
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