Posted by: tonyalatorre | June 14, 2010
The Fauna of Costa Rica
You don’t go to Costa Rica to learn a few fashion tips from the locals. It’s mostly grab bag clothing, generic, and unremarkable on the street fashion scene. You do go to Costa Rica though to see the wild life. And in just six days we saw so much more than I ever thought possible. I hope you enjoy my photos. I certainly enjoyed making them.
This blue and black poison dart frog is poisonous if eaten. Not so good for the frog, but good for the survival of the species. We walked in the rainforest and found them under leaves.
This is woody the woodpecker.
I have no idea what sort of bird it is, but he is beautiful. I welcome anyone out there to tell me what it is. Go do your google thing and report back to me.
Sorry. I know most of my female reader would rather I did not include this creature. But, in the rainforest the snake is present. To ignore him would be stupid. We did not see one in the wild, though that is not to say we weren't wary of an encounter as we walked the jungle floor. I have learned more information about the rainforest snakes than I would ever want to know. However, in some sick contorted way my mind dances around it's greatest phobia I wanted to know even so.
This is the monkey family we encountered first thing on the boat ride over the Sucio River. Part of our rainforest experience was the river ride, and it is where we saw most of the animals. It makes sense that the animals would congregate towards the water. We congregate near caffeine we should relate to our primate cousins. This family is classified as howler monkeys. Our guide did a strange monkey call and got the the male all agitated so he answered back. I hear the howlers are awful if you are trying to sleep in the jungle.This was my first monkey in the wild experience...unless you count the babboons in Africa.
Oh my it's a dinosaur, no it's an iguana. Craig's top five favorite in the trip.I think he smelled something. Do they smell?
This guy was a special find. He is rare. This guy is the walk on water lizard, other wise known as the Jesus Christ lizard. He was so rare to see the guides and boat driver got excited!
This is another poison dart frog. Our guide picked him up from the rainforest floor and held him for us to see. I think the perspective of his small stature is good to see. He has blue legs and he is called "blue jeans". I liked him so much I bought an oil painting of him. I hope out guide washed his hands before eating.
This is the green frog with red eyes and red feet that nost books use on it's cover to represent Costa Rica. He is nocturnal. So, of course we found him sleeping. Our guide woke him ever so slightly so we could see his red eyes. He's cute for me.
The next photo was the find of our trip. The scarlet Macaw is a well known pet in the USA, but to actually see it in the wild of Costa Rica is rare. We stepped out of the bus and all the guides were a titter because they could hear macaws close by having a fit. Their noise is unmistakable. It was easy to find them. There were three up in the tree. Two of them were just having a lover’s quarrel. They mate for life. I was enthralled to find them because they aren’t normally in the area of Limon, but rather in the pacific on the Osa peninsula…exactly where we will take our second trip to Costa Rica. It was a great gift from God that we had the delight and opportunity to see wild scarlet macaws on our trip. Many people live in Costa Rica for a long time without seeing what we saw that morning.