My latest holiday with Claire, and her brother Dave, took us to Costa Rica and Panama.
It was not just a wildlife holiday, but we did pack in the excursions. C-R and Panama still support primary lowland rain forest as well as significant wetlands. These are very rich in bird, mammal, reptile and, of course, plant life.
I only had a small Ricoh R8 with a 7x optical zoom and 10M pixels resolution, so these photos show how close we got to the birds particularly. It was a fantastic holiday and I would highly recommend it. Unfortunately it was impossible to photograph the many hummingbirds and my camera did not cope well with the dark forests.
Bocas Del Toro, Panama
We went to the following places:
Costa Rica: San Jose, La Fortuna, Santa Elena, Manuel Antonio, Puerto Jimenez and Tortuguero
Panama: Bocas Del Toro, Boquete, the Panama Canal and Panama City
Anyway here are the best animal images from the three weeks, with a few plants thrown in too!
(Please note that the naming convention for the birds is the American Ornithologist's Union Check-list of North American Birds 7th Ed. - so don't complain if you disagree!).
Some of the birds seen but not caught on camera:
- Chestnut-mandibled and Keel -billed toucan
- Boat-billed heron
- Ringed kingfisher
- Rufous tailed hummingbird
- Scarlet Macaw
- Crimson-fronted Parakeet
- White-winged dove
- Semipalmated Plover
- Gray-necked Wood-Rail
- Great Kiskadee
- Lineated woodpecker
Yellow-crowned night heron (during the day!)
Lots of egrets
Two blokes with starfish
Laughing Gull (1st winter)?
"Royal" Terns (school boy error...)
Two toed sloth
Lizard sp. (look closely)
Large iguana sp.
Not banana - Heliconia
Jesus lizard (can run across water)
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Magnificent Frigatebird above the Panama Canal
A local boar (not the only bore in Panama)
Flycatcher sp. (poss. Tropical Kingbird)
Cloud forest tropical leaves