Into the seventh week of leading photography tours in Costa Rica. I have met a lot of superb people and the birds here are magnificent. One of the birds that will keep you entertained is the Montezuma Oropendola. Here is a male standing in the rain whilst keeping a close eye on the females.
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Montezuma Oropendola, Psarocolius montezuma, Costa Rica, January, 2014. Canon 5D3 and Canon 500mm f4 L IS lens and Canon 580EX II speedlite.
Well, five weeks in to the trip in Costa Rica and it has been a very interesting experience to date. Im now currently sitting on the veranda of the Pedacito de Cielo lodge that overlooks the San Carlos river with the Nicaraguan border just 3 miles away. I have 10 Iguanas to the right of where Im sitting with a very large amorous male that is shaking his head so much at the females that I’m surprised it hasn’t fallen off yet. We have just witnessed a Black and White Hawk Eagle take an Orange chinned Parrot and was plucking it on a branch about 20m away. We have 126 species of bird seen (with about another 10 I have still to identify from blurry photographs).
As I’m feeling quite relaxed I thought I would post an abstract image of a banana leaf that was backlit by the setting sun.
The drinking hole that the woodpecker was using seemed to be too tempting and has now had excavations on it and has been turned into a nesting hole! It was digging it out for at least five days and this is one of the moments where it was spitting out the saw dust it had been pecking out!
Black cheeked Woodpecker, Melanarpes pucherani, Costa Rica, December, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.