December 20th 2019, we took off for a new adventure of three weeks: Costa Rica.
We had been in the Caribbean before (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Cuba) but never with a group and never really in the jungle, so…..
The good thing about the trip was, that we experienced nature in a way we’d never did before; like searching for Tarantulas or Vipers in the rainforest, while walking on slippery paths in pitch darkness…
Or what about going by boat to the jungle on a peninsula and having to jump on and off that boat in the breakers of the Pacific!
The good news however was, that we survived well and saw and heard many new mammals, birds, insects, spiders, amphibians and reptiles. The diversity of flora and fauna in Costa Rica is amazing!
Sometimes we saw very funny creatures like the Quetzal and the Wheelbug and more often very beautiful animals like birds of prey, butter- dragon- and damselflies and reptiles. In terms of birds alone we identified and captured about 45 species!
You can imagine that it was very difficult to make a choice of all that interesting material, but I hope to give you by this choice a good impression of our fascinating trip.
Forgive me for posting more photos than I usually do ;-)
|En route, Monteverde|
|Eyelash Viper, White-headed Capuchin Monkey|
|Tarantula spider, Tarantula hawk|
Common black hawk, Broad winged hawk,
|Central American Whiptail|
|Corcovado National Park|
Funny creatures: Wheelbug and Resplendent
|Corcovado beach crab|
|Swallowtails (also Corcovada beach)|
|Young plumed Basilisk|
|Dark Horse Lubber|
|Black spiny-tailed iguana in Bougainvillea|
|Wild Coleus plant?|
|Mangrove hummingbird, purple-throated Mountain gem, green-crowned briljant|
|Great-tailed Grackle (in the rain ;-)|
Green-and-black poison dart frog, Strawberry poison frog, Red-eyed leaf frog|
|Damselflies: Argia Fumipennis?, Argia frequentula|
|Sunset and black vultures, Manuel Antonio|