Saturday, December 23, 2017

Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park is located along the southern coast of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
Here you have the opportunity to observe a lot of wildlife. In addition to monkeys, sloths and others, there are a variety of reptile species. The famous Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) is very common in this area.

White-headed capuchin - Cebus capucinus

The White-headed Capuchin (Cebus capucinus) is abudant in the park.

Also abudant and by far the most common reptile is the Four-lined Whiptail (Ameiva quadrilineata).
You can see many of these pretty lizards, but it is still not easy to get nice pictures of them.

Although I was focused on wildlife watching - especially herping - I was able to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Park as well.

This is a very nice and uncommon coloration of the Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii).
The Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica are the perfect place to look for these snakes!

I saw many hermit crabs close to the beach, but it took me quite some time to get a decent picture.
They are either moving around or hidden in their little houses.

Ghost Anole - Anolis lemurinus

This Ghost Anole (Anolis lemurinus) was actually hard to spot. With a very low angle I was able to get a nice background in the picture.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two-toed Chewbacca

Matching the cinema release of the new Star Wars Movie "The Last Jedi", I was able to observe an animal that reminds me of this franchise. An amazing creature that looks a bit like a small version of a climbing "Wookiee": The Sloth! To be more precisely: Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni).
I was really lucky to meet this arboreal animal during the day and this close. Hopefully everyone who is not into Star Wars can still enjoy this post due to the photos of this interesting mammal.

Two-toed Sloth - Choloepus hoffmanni

Two-toed Sloth - Choloepus hoffmanni

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nature is art

Today I noticed this interesting tree trunk. It is a nice proof of the headline. Coloration and pattern are simply amazing. Luckily I had my macro lense and my tripod with me.

Enjoy the beauty of nature!