102 Photos - Feb 1, 2014
Photo: First the people.  William was our guide for the majority of our trip and he is an excellent birder as well as guide.  Unfortunately he had to leave us one day early to be at his dying sister's bedside.Photo: Half our group at dinner, Tortuga Lodge.Photo: Terry and Kristine pose with a pair of strangler figs.Photo: Next the places.  The garden at Hotel Bouganvillea in San Jose.Photo: Pat gives scale to an Imperial Bromeliad.Photo: Many beautiful orchids in the Bougainvilla Hotel garden near San JosePhoto: Bananas in the makingPhoto: Arenal volcano was active until recently.  Several other CR volcanos are currently active. This is high rain forest area and we were lucky to arrive on a clear day and see this view.Photo: More typical weather, soft rain, at Lost Iguana Lodge.Photo: Suspension bridges enhance rain forest canopy  travel and views.Photo: The restaurant at Lost IguanaPhoto: We traveled from the mountains to the coast on chartered 8 passenger aircraft.  Luggage was limited to 25 lbs per person.Photo: In Torteguero there was the Calypso Music School.Photo: Our room at Tortuga Lodge.Photo: The air terminal at Drakes BayPhoto: This was actually a scheduled airline, 12 passenger capacity -- gravel runway and no air traffic control.Photo: Arriving at Aguila de Osa Lodge by boat.Photo: The main lodge buildingPhoto: Part of the five flights of stairs and ramps that took us up to our room.Photo: The main buildingPhoto: Steve relaxes on our porch.Photo: Two modern 4 masted schooners spent some time near our lodge and let passengers have a short visit to Corcovado Rainforest Reserve.Photo: Sunset at Drakes Bay.Photo: Giant bamboo at Aguila de Osa.Photo: Let's see some interesting animals.  Agouti looks like a large guinea pig.Photo: Coatimundi was acclimated to people -- looks like a cross between a cat and raccoon.Photo: Sloths are hard to spot in trees -- they don't move and at a distance just looks like another termite nest.Photo: Another sloth.  We saw two and three toed sloths.Photo: A howler monkey and an iguana share a tree.Photo: Howler monkeys are aptly named because they often serve as your alarm clock but set at 4:30am!Photo: Photo: Squirrel monkeyPhoto: White-faced Capuchin MonkeyPhoto: 50% of CRs mammals are bats.  They are essential for insect control and pollination of certain plants including the tequila agave.Photo: Bat Boy must have come straight from central casting, but was actually a bat researcher who gives tours of a bat zoo.Photo: Bat outside our room.Photo: More under a bridge.Photo: A humpback whale displays in Drakes Bay of the Osa peninsula.Photo: before rolling over to nurse her calf.Photo: coffee, called grano de oro, or the grain of gold.Photo: Coffee is made by a simple and effective method.Photo: Feeders make humming birds easy to view.Photo: and photograph.  CR has more species that the USA. This is a Green-crowned Brilliant female.Photo: The Blue-crowned Motmot is a beautiful, exotic but not rare bird.Photo: Same bird in profile. This view shows the characteristic tail feathers which he swings left to right like a pendulum clock..Photo: The Quetzal is a quest bird for many birders.  All we saw was this female at a great distance.Photo: A great egret soars over Lake ArenalPhoto: before posing at  the shore.Photo: A pair of Ringed KingfishersPhoto: The summer tanagerPhoto: Hoffman's woodpecker (female)Photo: Clay-colored robinPhoto: Baltimore oriolePhoto: Blue-gray tanangerPhoto: female Passerini's tanagerPhoto: male Passerini's tanagerPhoto: Bare-throated Tiger-heronPhoto: Chestnut-mandibled ToucanPhoto: Keel-billed ToucanPhoto: anhinga drying his wingsPhoto: Yellow-crowned Night HeronPhoto: Great currasows are hard to photo, very skittishPhoto: imm. Yellow-crowned Night-heronPhoto: boat-billed heron, what a beak!Photo: close-up of a green heronPhoto: mangrove swallowPhoto: bare-throated tiger heronPhoto: mangrove black hawkPhoto: Northern Jacana likes to walk on water lilliesPhoto: Little Blue HeronPhoto: purple gallinulePhoto: Slaty-tailed TrogonPhoto: We saw the large scarlet macaws in cashew trees eating the nuts, but they were always on the top and difficult to photo.Photo: American OystercatchersPhoto: Rare to see Magnificent Frigatebirds in a tree.Photo: The Owl butterfly's two "eyes" mimic an owl to fool predators.Photo: The similar blue morpho has more spots and stunning neon blue upper wings that are difficult to catch in a photo.Photo: Zebra HelliconianPhoto: Photo: Siproeta ephapusPhoto: Banded PeacockPhoto: That's enough butterflies.  This "leaf" is a Hooded MantisPhoto: Underside confirms his identity.Photo: One of many colorful and poisonous dart frogsPhoto: A boat trip through the mangrove added a number of birds, monkeys and reptiles to our totals.Photo: A big Green Iguana suns himself.Photo: A small crab climbs onto a mangrove to escape the tidal waters.Photo: A crocPhoto: not to be confused with a caiman.Photo: small crocPhoto: green "vine" snakePhoto: Green iguanaPhoto: Black River Turtle.Photo: Pair of Green Iguanas outside our cabin.Photo: Photo: Skipjack for tonight's dinner.Photo: tree boaPhoto: Photo: A Heliconia,  probably Heliconia mariae inflorescencePhoto: Photo: Photo: