It was great fun watching these Mantled Howler Monkey’s and their babies getting up to all sorts of things in the forest canopy. Whilst the rest of the group were resting and sleeping, this little baby was more interested in seeing what I was doing. As I was trying to find the best position to photograph between the branches to get the clearest shot. this individual was trying to find the best position to watch me.. which in the end seemed to be… upside down! ;-)
Posted this a few days ago on my Facebook blog here but I wanted to show it here as well. This is the Milky Way looking south west across the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica. I knew the stars would be clear here but it was magnificent. It is so good for observing astronomical objects because across the Gulf of Nicoya is a mountainous areas with trees and hardly any civilisation apart the harbour towns, so minimal light pollution, and then behind that there is absolutely nothing but ocean until you reach Australia!
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.