All right, time for the Costa Rica favorites now. This'll sum up my 2009 favorite birds posts. The others: California Birds and Texas Birds are here. There's a couple handfuls from Costa Rica since we saw 204 species while we were there earlier this year. I've posted most of these in my Costa Rica journal entries but hey, here they are again! The first guy is an Emerald Toucanet which I was ridiculously thrilled about. I mean, look at him, he's really quite dashing.
This Bare-throated Tiger Heron above is an all time favorite photo. We had seen them earlier in the trip but this one is from the Corcovado backpacking. I basically crawled and scooted closer and closer to him on the rocks at low tide and got a full frame of his head. Gorgeous Birds. We saw 12 species of hummingbirds. Below is the Purple-throated Mountain Gem (what a fitting name!) and Violet Saberwing. Good stuff.
Scarlet Macaw in the wild...um, very cool! Those birds are SO loud...woke us up often while we were camping, but really, is there a better way to wake up? ...an adorable Bananaquit, a female Elegant Trogon, Mangrove Black-Hawk (who allowed us to get weirdly close, nice!).
Next round is the Western Slaty-Antshrike on takeoff, Streak-chested Antpita, Double-striped Thicknee (good find), and the Collared Redstart who was sooo crazy hyper, I'm surprised I got even one shot of him.
Wait, there's more! A Northern Pootoo who flew right above us on a night hike. This was shooting straight into the dark, straight above my head, which was actually kinda painful. But, somehow I got the bird in the frame. Then a Great-crested Flycatcher. I dunno...that genus is impossible to identify, but we're going with Great-crested. Another favorite photograph. After that is a Black-hooded Antshrike. I was a little annoyed that I didn't get his tail in the photo, but the rest is super sharp so there was some compromise. He got so close so quickly, I didn't have time to zoom out!
And last is the Streaked Flycatcher and the Golden-naped Woodpecker. That last one is not too high quality, but I was pretty excited about that bird also, so I thought I'd throw it on here.
Camera Critters Happy Holidays!