Above is a look at Tamarindo Beach from the beach at low tide.
The Macaw is a fairly common sight in certain parts of the country. There are numerous colorful birds.
An Anhinga, also known for what might be an obvious reason as “the piano bird”. This was one of the birds I saw the most.
One of many of the species of Kingfishers.
One of the Trogon species.
A Fiery-billed Toucan.
A Bare-throated Tiger Heron.
One of the many hummingbird species found throughout the country.
The cloud forests, rain forests and tropical rain forests are also home to many monkeys.
A Spider Monkey above.
White-faced monkeys above – I was told they will “steal” anything they can from places humans inhabit, though they often simply discard the items.
The Howler Monkeys are appropriately named, as they wake you up way before the sun rises with their very loud howls.
Above is a tree full, not of monkeys, but of iguanas!
The Emerald Basilisk is also called the Jesus Christ Lizard, since it too can walk on water. Unfortunately I didn’t get a great photo of this event, but the locals claim it is the only creature besides Jesus to be able to walk on water.
One of the rivers we traveled on in the Tortuguero Rain Forest was completely black and reflected perfectly like a mirror. It made for some interesting images as the thick rain forest growth reflected on the water. I am always intrigued by images of reflection. Below two photos of mostly submerged caimans with one eye visible and reflecting in the river.
Next, more of the caiman is visible and reflected in the river.
Below, a Green Iguana reflects on the water.
By far the largest predator we saw was the crocodile. He seems to be smiling as he awaits his next meal.
And of course some insects grow to great sizes as well. A Hercules Beetle below, not quite to life size.
There are of course larger threats than animals in Costa Rica – volcanoes for example. Below, son Seth, rests peaceably beneath the currently quiet Arenal volcano.
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