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  1. @Chakra This is a great trip report. Loved your stories and your photographs. It has been a real treat to see the beauty of Costa Rica through your eyes. The best of all though was the beautiful ocelot. The pictures of him are treasures as are those of the sloths. Just looking at the sloth made me want to scratch also. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us. Terry
  2. @douglaswise Thanks so much for the trip report. This was very educational for me as I really had no idea what the Falklands are like. I guess I thought of the islands as a barren place just with sheep. You have many wonderful bird, seal and sea lion photographs of which to be very proud. I must confess the King penguins are my favorite, with the albatross a close favorite. They both are very beautifully patterned, striking birds and you have great done a great job photographing them. It is wonderful to know that an expensive cruise is not really necessary to see them. Terry
  3. Spotted Sandpiper photographed at low tide along the shore of Tankah Bay not far from Tulum, Mexico
  4. The Great Kiskadee is large and blocky flycatcher which we have only seen close to water; either a cenote or an ocean shore will suit him. This one was photographed at low tide along the shore of Tankah Bay not far from Tulum, Mexico, doing his best at hunting for his dinner as a shorebird might. Looking down on him was a treat for it allowed us to see his yellow crest which rises to the occasion at times of alarm.
  5. The Tree Swallow is one of the first birds to return to central Wisconsin in the spring. This one was photographed in early May in a marsh along a large lake before the leaves had sprouted even on the small willow trees. By arriving early, the swallows get their choice of man-made wood duck houses along a stream in prime lake-fly habitat.
  6. @Alexander33 Your unidentified butterfly in post #69 looks like one of these to me - Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale) [Orange, yellow, and black butterfly] Here is the link if you wish to check it out. http://travel.mongabay.com/costa_rica/images/cr_3981.html Thanks for the great trip report and taking the time share your adventures with us. Your photos are spectacular! We probably will never get to Bosque del Cabo (it seems so isolated to us) - but your stories did build anticipation and excitement for our trip to Costa Rica scheduled for next spring.
  7. Pipevine Swallowtails look like very different butterflies depending if they are at rest and their wings are folded or not. They are black with bluish-green metallic color on the hind wings. These Pipevine Swallowtails were photographed in July in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, USA, which is the only place I have ever seen them.
  8. This Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) is a pine squirrel found in the Pacific coastal states and provinces of North America. I photographed him on the western side of Mt. Ranier in the State of Washington where he was having lunch in a grove of tall pine tree. That day there was a raging forest fire about a 100 miles to the west and the smoke and ashed were carried by the wind over the national park. Late in the afternoon the sun shone through small openings in clouds of smoke and speckled the forest floor with a beautiful orange light. It accentuated the natural pale orange color on the chest and belly of the squirrel.
  9. Thank you, @@douglaswise, for asking the questions which I should have asked a few years back. I know I will benefit from the knowledge gained from this discussion as will many other people. And thank you, @@xelas, @@Gregor, @@TonyQ, @@Safaridude, @@pault, @@cheetah80, @ KaingU Lodge. @@PeterHG, for all the information you have shared. It has taken me a some time to work thru it all but now I have my camera setup for to follow your instructions, including back-button focusing. I admit I had a lot to learn for I am/was a program-mode user also. Buy a new camera, set it to program-mode, and go on safari. It was all so easy and so seductive. Again, many thanks to you all for all your help!
  10. When the early immigrants from Asia arrived in Hawaii, they brought their birds from home with them including the White-rumped Shama. This shama from Malaysia was introduced to the Island of Kaua'i in 1931. They are common in the lowland alien forests, but have now also penetrated into native forest found at higher elevations. Hearing them sing is delightful as they are regarded as one of the most gifted singer in all the islands. I photographed White-rumped Shama on the northern shore of Kaua'i in June and found them in two varieties - wet and dry.
  11. Thanks @@xelas, We are doing this - our first trip to Costa Rica - on our own. I started gathering information on the country back in 2004, but there were always other places and other things we wanted to do more - like two safaris to South Africa Yes, I studied birding tours and collected a lot notes of ideas and reviews of hotels from Trip Advisor. We have tried to pick places where birding and animal sightings would be possible on the lodge trails or in their gardens. Extra points were awarded to lodges that had a butterfly garden, a frog pond, a bird feeder, or a moth light. Even if we don't want bananas in our pictures, at least the birds should be in the area. We also wanted to do wildlife motorboat tours, which will be possible at both Selva Verde and Cerro Lodge at Tarcoles. I have found your posts here on Safari Talk as well as on the Costa Rica TripAdvisor to be very helpful. Thanks
  12. Killdeers are big, noisy plovers of open country almost everywhere in the United States. In case you forget their name, they will quickly call and remind you. Courtship seemed a little short for these two , but maybe they had exchanged names before we got there to witness the marriage. Copulation ends with a cloacal kiss as in most birds This an adult distraction display, usually seen when you approach the nest or the chicks. Those wings were moving fast to end up appearing as wheels. The photo was taken at 1/1600 of a second.
  13. Great trip report and wonderful pictures of the animals, birds and frogs! Really enjoyed all the details of your hikes and your impressions of the two lodges. Thank you so much for posting and even including the tip about where you booked your transfers. We have just completed booking a 14 night trip to Costa Rica starting the last week of March in 2017 and the emphasis of our trip will match yours. We start out at Cerro Lodge near Tarcoles, then Arenal Observatory Lodge, Selva Verde, and finish up at Rancho Naturalista. In the beginning we planned to schedule the lodges starting the last week of February, but found a couple of our lodges which are on the circuit of birding tours were already booked up at least one day we wanted. So now with the delay I suspect that at least one lodge, Selva Verde, will be well-populated with students, but we will work it out as you did. You were so lucky with your pictures of sloths, Arenal Volcano in the sunshine, howler monkeys, and even ant-eaters - may we be as well. Terry
  14. A Green Heron doing his thing - back in the jungle where he thinks no one is watching behind Half Moon Bay in Akumal, on the east side of Mexico.
  15. Interesting close-up photos of the ostriches. Neat to see!

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