The toucans and Quetzals are what Costa Rica is most famous for. Often high up in the trees and best seen with telephoto lenses or binoculars. This is a keel billed toucan
This fellow is a black crested coquette
But this is a violet woodnymph. Good thing I had an excellent guide to help recognize who was who.
The flame colored tanager, can't imagine why they call it that.....
The snail kite resting attentively
The pygmy screech owl was also unimpressed.
This is the male red legged honey creeper
Uh Oh. That's not a bird. Howler monkey, and do they make noise!!
This unusual looking bird is a laughing falcom
A beautiful male collared trogon.
An orange collared manakin
One of the rarer birds is the Jabiru only a few hundred pairs left at best.
A three toed sloth enjoying the sunset. Most often all you see is a furry ball, but this guy was showing off.
And just one more of the many. I've lots more pictures of lots more birds, but there are too many here already.
This is a chestnut mandibled toucan. The outcropping on the tree below him is the nest.
This is simply called a snowcap. Easy to understand why
The elusive antipitta in the woods of Northwestern Costa Rica
tamandua the norther anteater
This crested owl was deep in the forest and not quite happy we found him
Oops. Not a bird this is a white bat known as a ghost bat.
who's looking at who?
The ever present roadside hawk, in this case on a fence post at the roadside
and his female companion
Amazingly bright in the sunlight (though most often hidden in the tropical forest foliage).
The mangrove swallows are quite pretty if the sit still for a moment.
Snowy egret with distinctive black bill, black legs, but yellow feet.
There are many different tanagers in Costa Rica of all descriptions. This is the bay headed tanager
The mangrove warbler also known as the resident yellow warbler
Look Ma, no hands, or was he clapping?
This is the spectacled owl.
Pale billed woodpeckers there are many different woodpeckers in Costa Rica
The variety of beautiful trogons was striking. This is a black headed trogon
And of course Iguanas climb trees
The red capped manakin. What else could he be called?
This is the royal flycatcher. So named because he can display the crest on the back of his head in regal fashion
The boat billed heron
This is not a toucan, but a collared acari. Often far away in the trees, this guy came right down to us in order to eat the berries on the tree.
This is a female magnificent hummingbird.
The blue and grey tanager
The crested guan. A large turkey like bird
The black and white owl clearly felt we were intruding on his sleep
There are lots of birds in Costa Rica because there are lots of insects like these bees.
Chestnut colored woodpecker
This is a belted kingfisher
This is a female black headed trogon
as do emerald basilisk lizards, ugly fellows
Cruising through a mangrove swamp by boat we spotted this panama flycatcher
Turquoise-browed motmot. Great name
A beautiful sungrebe coasting trough the water
There are many different hummingbirds in Costa Rica. All on the move and difficult to catch in focus especially with the narrow field of view of a telephoto lens. This is a firey throated hummingbird.
This is a violet eared hummingbird
The golden hooded tanager with nesting material
A beautiful green heron on the edge of the swamp.
This pygmy ferruginous owl seemed less concerned by our presence.
This is a green honey creeper
male and female black cheeked woodpeckers
A frontal view of the female pygmy kingfisher
Female slaty tailed trogon
Well you can't go to Costa Rica and not seen Mcaws. This is the green Mcaw.
This is a broad billed motmot