Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Costa Rica - Birds

I've been in Costa Rica since November 13th and have not shown a single picture of a bird yet. That is no longer acceptable... so I want to catch up here.   In this post I show some of the birds that I could photograph so far. Including migratory birds there are more than 900 species in Costa Rica... it's every birder's paradise!

Summer Tanager - Piranga rubra

The Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) is one of those migratory birds. Living most of the year in the southern part of the USA, coming to visit Central America during the winter. This is a beautiful male. The females are less colorful, more brownish.

Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus

The Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) doesn't show a significant gender dimorphism.        

Golden-hooded Tanager - Tangara larvata

Definitely one of my favorite birds I've seen so far: Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata)

Rufous Motmot - Baryphthengus martii

The Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) is 46 cm (18 in) long and weighs 195 g (6.9 oz). This bird feeds on insects, lizards, frogs, fish, crabs, and many fruits.

Red-legged Honeycreeper - Cyanerpes cyaneus ♀

With approximately 12.2 cm (4.8 in) length, the Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is a quite small bird. The green females are very pretty birds...

Red-legged Honeycreeper - Cyanerpes cyaneus ♂

...but the shiny blue males are even prettier. These birds look like flying gems!

Yellow-throated Toucan - Ramphastos ambiguus

And finally the famous one! This is the largest species of toucan, living in Costa Rica: the Yellow-throated Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus). It reaches a total length of 47–61 cm (19–24 in). It feeds mainly on fruits, but also on lizards, snakes, rodents, smaller birds and insects.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Oxyrhopus petolarius

I found this beautiful False Coral Snake or Calico Snake (Oxyrhopus petolarius) at Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge, La Fortuna.

This snake is a mimic of the Many-banded Coralsnake (Micrurus mipartitus). It is rear-fanged and eats mainly lizards and other snakes. Females are larger than males and can reach a length of 1 m. This species is active day and night.

Oxyrhopus petolarius - False Coral Snake

Oxyrhopus petolarius - False Coral Snake