zondag 19 januari 2020

Costa Rica, pura vida!

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

Yellow-headed Caracara

Pacific Ocean

Tarantula spider, Tarantula hawk

Common black hawk, Broad winged hawk, Roadside hawk

Scarlet Macaw

Central American Whiptail
Corcovado National Park 

Funny creatures: Wheelbug and Resplendent Quetzal

Corcovado beach crab

Swallowtails (also Corcovada beach)

Roseate Skimmer

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 ;-)

Pacific Ocean

Green-and-black poison dart frog,   Strawberry poison frog,   Red-eyed leaf frog

Damselflies: Argia Fumipennis?, Argia frequentula

Emerald Toucanet

China Roses

Turkey Vulture

Sunset and black vultures,  Manuel Antonio