Wednesday, December 3, 2014

More from Costa Rica

White-Face Capuchin
It is now 19 November and this morning, we spent that at the lodge photographing the birds, plus some White-face Capuchin that stop by to pick up some bananas.  In a distant tree plain Chachalaca's gave a environmental picture.  A Baltimore oriole decided the perch around orange flowers, which gave contrast to the background.  On the path that led up to the large deck, I found a slaty-tail Trogon, which is one of the target birds.
Slaty-tailed Trogan
Slaty-tailed Trogan
Baltimore Oriole
Hoffman' s Woodpecker
Golden Orb Weaver with Prey.  The tiny spider near the back of the large spider is a male Golden orb Weaver
Because the sky was bright and sunny, instead of going to photograph a waterfall because of the harsh shadows, we visited a reptile area in order to do close-ups.  We had chances to photograph eyelash Vipers, poison dart frogs lizard and a tree boa.
Eyelash Viper
Eyelash Viper
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog
Red and Blue Poison Dart Frog
Tree Boa
The afternoon plans was to travel down to the Ballena National Park for photographs of the shore and sunset.  However, again, the rain gods intervened even before we could set up to take pictures.  We however did see a mangrove hawk.  Back to the Lodge to relax and eat supper as a thunderstorm rumbled offshore.
Sunset Peering through the Clouds
Because the deck is set high were able to look straight into the trees and prior to going to sleep, we were treated by a woolly opossum right at eye level.

Woolly Opossum
Woolly Opossum
The next morning, prior to breakfast, we were able to photograph a fiery-billed aracari.  Plus in the trees, we had a chestnut-billed toucan and a yellow-headed caracara, plus a solitary flycatcher came in to give us great views.
Fiery-billed Aracari
Social Flycatcher
Chestnut-billed Toucan
Yellow-headed Caracara
We packed up and traveled to a final Lodge location in the Pacific cloud forest.  We traveled over the Talamanca mountain range at about 10,000 feet and then were at about 7500 feet at our lodge.  After settling in and having lunch, we photographed the hummingbirds around the feeders that were outside the dining room.  It was a good thing that there were tables with umbrellas on the patio, since it started to rain again.  But, the umbrellas helped keep the camera equipment dry.  So finished this day.

Volcano Hummingbird and Green Violetear
Green Violetear
Green Violetear
Volcano Hummingbird

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