Monday, 24 January 2011

Costa Rica and Panama over New Year 2010-11

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
I won't go on...!

 Green heron

 Yellow-crowned night heron (during the day!)

Magnificent Frigatebirds

Great Egret

Bare-throated Tiger-heron

Three-toed sloth


American crocodiles

Lots of egrets

Great Egret

Northern racoon

Two blokes with starfish

Laughing Gull (1st winter)?

"Royal" Terns (school boy error...)

Two toed sloth

 White-throated capuchin


Lizard sp. (look closely)

Black Vultures

Large iguana sp.

Northern Jacana

Black-bellied Whistling-duck

Not banana - Heliconia
Roseate Spoonbills and a Great (White) Egret

Roseate Spoonbills

Jesus lizard (can run across water)

Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Brown Pelicans


 Anhinga (a type of cormorant)

Black-necked Stilts


Red-kneed tarantula

Black Guan

Cloud forest

Howler monkey

 Cloud forest

Cloud forest

One-day orchid

Magnificent Frigatebird above the Panama Canal

A local boar (not the only bore in Panama)

Flycatcher sp. (poss. Tropical Kingbird)

 Weta sp.

White-nosed Coati

 Collared Aracari

Harlequin beetle

False Fer-de-Lance?

Cloud forest tropical leaves

 Tropical beach