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Photos Added: Costa Rica 2014

I’ve finally added some Costa Rica photos to the archive.  It’s one of my favorite destinations for wildlife photography, and I have quite a few images that will be uploaded eventually.  I decided to start with my last trip, from the tour I led in 2014.  Though we didn’t have a ton of “amazing” sightings, we saw a high volume of cool stuff and had a great time with the tour group I led.

The Costa Rica 2014 gallery may be viewed here.  I’ve shared some of the highlights below.

The trip started off in the central highlands, home of the resplendent quetzal, one of the world’s most beautiful birds.

Resplendent Quetzal

This was a great birding area, with toucanets, woodpeckers and tanagers present.  There were several hummingbirds on the grounds of the lodge, including the green violetear.

Green Violetear

Our next stop was along the Pacific coast.  Carara National Park is home to plenty of wildlife, including lines of fascinating leaf cutter ants.

Leaf-Cutter Ants

There is good birding in this region.  Major sightings included the turquoise-browed motmot and the ferruginous pygmy owl.

Turquoise-Browed Motmot

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

We took a cruise down the Rio Tarcoles, famous for its huge crocodiles and plenty of shorebirds.  We counted at least nine or ten species of herons and egrets alone, including the diminutive green heron below.

American Crocodiles

Green Heron

The Pacific coast has plenty of wildlife action and scenery.  Brown pelicans fly close to shore, and the sunsets can be quite beautiful.

Brown Pelicans

Sunset

We had time to participate in a couple of night walks, when the creepy crawlies like to come out.  This neotropical green anole was one of the prettier nocturnal critters on display.

Neotropical Green Anole

The trip finished up in Corcovado National Park, my favorite place in Costa Rica and home to the Baird’s tapir.

Baird's Tapir

Don’t forget to check out the full gallery here using the Slideshow function.

If you’re interested in joining me on a future Costa Rica adventure, check out my tour website.  The 2016 tour schedule is already full, but I’m getting a lot of early interest in 2017 trips.

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