For Love of Costa Rica's Nature: A 2014 Photographic Odyssey

Photos of birds, monkeys, other animals, insects, and scenery from an amazing trip.
November 3, 2014: Liberia International Airport to Tilaran and San Luis  Upon arriving in Liberia, we were met by our friends and hosts, the Parrys.  We then drove to their home at the village of San Luis (indicated by a pin on the map) with a stop at Tilaran to get some supplies and observe the daily gathering of the parrots. White-throated Magpie-Jay Costa Rica 14-11-03  Photographed along the road from Liberia to Tilaran, Costa Rica. : White-throated Magpie-Jay, Costa Rica Orange-fronted Parakeet Tilaran Costa Rica 14-11-03  An  Orange-fronted Parakeet  in Tilaran on the afternoon of November 3.  Every afternoon, they come in large numbers to roost for the night.  It is a colorful and noisy spectacle.  It was cloudy and raining when the photo was take, but the parrots were close and not moving. : Orange-fronted Parakeet, Tilaran, Costa Rica
Keel-billed Toucan San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-04  Early on the morning of November 4, we were greeted by this bird calling in a tree across the street from our house in the village of San Luis on the southwestern shore of Lake Arenal. : Keel-billed Toucan, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica San Luis to Monteverde Map  Later on the morning of November 4, we departed for the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with a stop at at Vientos Frescos Falls which is a tourist attraction not far from Tilaran. The rough backroads we took from Vientos Frescos Falls to the Monteverde area are not shown on the map. Crimson Patched Longwing (Heliconius erato) Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04  This butterfly was photographed at Vientos Frescos Falls.  In additon to the falls, the place was colorful with butterflies and other insects, such as this  Crimson Patched Longwing  ( Heliconius erato ).
Black Witch Moth - Hodges#8649 (Ascalapha odorata) Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04  This gigantic  Black Witch Moth - Hodges#8649 ( Ascalapha odorata ) (about 6 inches across) was also photographed at Vientos Frescos Falls. Tiger Beetle (Pseudoxycheila tarsalis) Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04 Small Orbweaver Spider Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04  I don't know what kind of spider this is, but it reminds me a bit of a black widow, so I didn't take any chances with it.
Brown Longtail Skipper - Hodges#3893 (Urbanus procne) Vientos Frescos Falls 14-11-04 Brilliant Forest Frog Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04 Scarlet Cup Fungi (Sarcoscypha occidentalis?) Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04
Waterfalls Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04 White-faced Capuchin Monkey Vientos Frescos Falls Costa Rica 14-11-04  As we were leaving the falls, we were fortunate to see this  White-faced Capuchin  up close.  It was photographed from inside the car.  It's wrinkly face suggests age.  I suspect that it was a solitary old male.  Perhaps he was a former alpha male kicked out of his troupe by a younger male. White-fronted Parrot HDR Costa Rica 14-11-04  After leaving Vientos Frescos Falls, we saw this bird along the road to Monteverde.
White-fronted Parrot  Costa Rica 14-11-04  This is another, closer view of the bird in the previous photo. Yellowish Flycatcher Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  After staying overnight at the Historias Lodge in the village of Cerro Plano, we headed to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve on the morning of Novemer 5.  This bird was seen near the entrance.  Due to very dim lighting, flash was used.  This is an empid flycatcher in the same genus as North American species such as Willow and Alder Flycatchers. Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush Monteverde Cloud Forest 11-14-05  Seen near the entrance.  Due to very dim lighting, flash was used.
Common Bush-tanager Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  It is also known as Common Chlorospingus. Bicolored Hawk Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  This is a digiscoping photo made by our guide, Elver Fuentes, through his Swarovski scope with one of my cameras. Resplendent Quetzal Male Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa 14-11-05  This was a digiscoping photo taken by our guide, Elver Fuentes, through his Swarovski spotting scope with one of my cameras.  This is a specialty of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and one of our target species.  We also saw a female with him.
Owl Butterfly (Caligo atreus) Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  This spectacular butterfly was an unexpected bonus sighting at Monteverde. Coatimundi Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  This Coatimundi, partially screened by foliage, was one of a family group.  It was the only mammal I was able to photograph at Monteverde, but we also got a glimipse of an Agouti. Tree Fern Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05
Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar (Automeris species?)  Monteverdi Cloud Forest 14-11-05   This  Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar  was photographed at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica on Nov 5. 2014.  It may be an  Automeris  species. Moss Mimic Stick Insect (Trychopeplus laciniatus?)  Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  We were very lucky to see this insect because it was so well camouflaged by its moss-like appendages. Stick Insect Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  Photographed at the hummingbird gallery.
Purple-throated Mountain-Gem Female  Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  She was seen in the forest, not near a feeder at the Hummingbird Gallery. Purple-throated Mountain-Gem Male  Feeding Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery. Violet Sabrewing Male Perched Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.
Violet Sabrewing Male Hovering Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery. Coppery-headed Emerald Male Perched Lateral Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.  This is a Costa Rica endemic. Coppery-headed Emerald Male 2 Perched  Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.  This is a Costa Rica endemic.
Coppery-headed Emerald Male Hovering  Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.  This is a Costa Rica endemic. Coppery-headed Emerald Male Perched Frontal Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.  This is a Costa Rica endemic. Coppery-headed Emerald Male Perched Frontal Wings Spread Monteverde Cloud Forest 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.  This is a Costa Rica endemic.
Green Violet-ear Perched Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery. Green Violet-ear Hovering Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery. Green-crowned Brilliant Male Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.
Green-crowned Brilliant Juvenile Male Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery. Green-crowned Brilliant Female Perched at Feeder Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery.  They prefer to perch when feeding, not hover. Green-crowned Brilliant  Female Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  She was seen in the forest, not near a feeder at the Hummingbird Gallery.
Magenta-throated Woodstar Male Hovering at Feeder Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery. Bananaquit Juvenile Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica 14-11-05  At the Hummingbird Gallery. November 5, 2014:  Monteverde Reserve to Juntas  Ater spending the morning and early afternoon at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, we headed to our next destination, the Pueblo Antiguo Lodge near the town of Juntas.  The rough backroads we took through the mountains are not shown on the map.
Emerald Toucanet Costa Rica 14-11-05  It was seen along the road from Monteverde to Las Juntas. Groove-billed Ani Costa Rica 14-11-05  It was seen along the road from Monteverde to Las Juntas. Scenery Along the Road from Monteverde to Las Juntas Costa Rica  Photographed through the windshield along the road from Monteverde to Las Juntas looking towards the Gulph of Nicoya.
Cattle Egrets Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-05  Near a pond at the lodge. These were two of many. Iguana HDR Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-05  This is one of numerous iguanas seen near the pond at the Pueblo Antiguo Lodge.  Although they come in various colors, the species name is Green Iguana. Rufous-naped Wren Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-06
Pale-billed Woodpecker Female Peering from Nest Hole HDR Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-06  Her mate was nearby. Pale-billed Woodpecker  Female Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-06  This is the same bird that was in the previous photo. Green Iguana Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-06
Green Iguana Close-up Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-06 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Pueblo Antiguo Costa Rica 14-11-06 Bat (Saccopteryx species) Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-06  It was one of several roosting under the eaves outside our cabin at the Pueblo Antiguo Lodge.   Saccopteryx  species,likely either Lesser Sac-winged bat ( Saccopteryx leptura ) or Greater Sac-winged bat ( Saccopteryx bilineata ).
Molpe Metalmark (Juditha caucana) Pueblo Antiguo Lodge Costa Rica 14-11-06  It was on the underside of a large leaf near our cabin. November 6, 2014: Juntas to San Luis  After spending the late afternoon and evening of November 5 and the morning of November 6 at the Pueblo Antiguo Lodge near Juntas, we returned to San Luis via Costa Rica's Route 1 (Pan-American Highway) via Cañas.  We spent the duration of the trip in the San Luis area until our departure for the Liberia International Airport late on the morning of November 10. Inca Dove San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-06
White-vented Euphonia Female San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-07 Monarch Butterfly Nectaring San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-07  I am accustomed to seeing migratory monarch butterflies in North America in summer and early fall.  This one was presumably not migratory. Banded Peacock Butterfly on Flower San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-07
Big Ant (Hairy Panther Ant? Pachycondyla villosa?)  It was about an inch long.  They are reputed to have very painful stings and occur as far north as Texas and as far south as Argentina. Broad-headed Bug (Alydidae species) San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-07 Leafcutter Ant Workers San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-07  The one on the left was carrying a freshly cut leaf back to the nest.  The other was outbound.
Blue-and-White Swallow San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08 Great-tailed Grackle Male San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08 Hermes Satyr  This butterfly is found from Argentina to southern Texas and seems very common in Costa Rica.
Hoffman's Woodecker San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08 Howler Monkey Adult HDR San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08  This Howler Monkey and the ones in the next two slides were all part of the same troupe resting in trees along a road at mid-morning in the village of San Luis on the southwestern shore of Lake Arenal.  They seemed curious about us, but quite relaxed and unafraid. Howler Monkey Baby, Mother San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08
Howler Monkey Youngster HDR San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08 Rufous-collared Sparrow San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08 Statira Sulphur (Aphrissa statira)? San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08  This is another butterfly found from Argentina to southern Texas.
White-winged Dove San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08 Yellow-headed Caracara Flying San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-08 Brown-crested Flycatcher San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09  Nutting's Flycatcher is also possible, but after looking at many photos of both, I think it looks like Brown-crested, which is also more common.
Variable Seedeater Female San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09 Black Vulture HDR San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09 Collared Araçari Close-up San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09
Collared Araçari Feeding San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09 Gray Hawk Juvenile Viejo Arenal Costa Rica 14-11-09 Rufous-collared Sparrow Fledgling San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09
Social Flycatcher San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09 Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides) San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09 Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides) San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-09
Blue-gray Tanager HDR San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-10 Large Apricot Sulphur (Phoebis argante)? San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-10 Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes) Underside San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-10
Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes Top San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-10 Great-tailed Grackle Female San Luis Costa Rica 14-11-10