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I've been back for a couple of weeks now but only just got around to sorting out my photo's!

What a country! Everything about it is breathtaking, it's a must visit for any nature lover.

We had 3 nights in Alajuela, visiting Volcano Poas and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Then 3 nights at Savegre Mountain Hotel in San Gerardo de Dota which is in the cloud forest 7000ft above sea level. We did a 15km trek down the "Cerro de la Muerte", it's not called the Mountain of Death for nothing!

Then a week by the Pacific near Manuel Antonio National Park. There was tons of wildlife here, it's pretty intense being surrounded by Squirrel Monkeys, Sloths and huge Iguanas within minutes of arriving!

Everywhere you go in Costa Rica is completely different to the last place, it makes you realise why they are called "micro-climates"! The first place was warm, but still quite mild, the cloud forest was pretty cold and the Pacific was absolutely roasting. It's not just the weather, everywhere looks completely different too!

One thing which is constant throughout the country is the amount of wildlife, there is stuff everywhere!! It was completely mindblowing being surrounded by birds, reptiles, lizards, monkeys, sloths, frogs.... all of which are completely new to me! I added about 190 birds to my life list in the 2 weeks I was there.

Enough from me, enjoy the pics!

View from the balcony of the first hotel:



Beetle:



Cool star-shaped spider!! (Gasteracantha cancriformis)



Blue-crowned Motmot:



Poas Volcano:



Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird:



Bananaquit:



Brown Violet-ear Hummingbird:




Black-bellied Hummingbird:



Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird:

 
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Hummingbird feeders:



Coppery-headed Emerald Hummingbird:



Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird:



Green Violet-ear Hummingbird:



Collared Trogon:



White-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird:



At the summit of the Mountain of Death! 10,000ft up above the clouds:



Where the jungle starts on Cerro de la Muerte:



The cloud just appears out of nowhere:



Jungle:

 
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What an amazing place! I love all the hummingbird photos! Looks like you had a brilliant holiday!
 

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White-throated Mountain-gem Hummingbird (female):



Spot-crowned Woodcreeper:



Sooty-capped Bush Tanager:



Resplendent Quetzal (female):



Resplendent Quetzal (male):



White-throated Mountain-gem (male):



Green Violet-ear:



Butterfly:



Blue-grey Tanager:



Black Iguana:

 
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What an amazing place! I love all the hummingbird photos! Looks like you had a brilliant holiday!
It was amazing! I can't wait until I can go back again. Being surrounded by hundreds of hummingbirds is an experience you can't put into words!

There's loads more pics to come.....
 

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Three-toed Sloth:



Three-toed Sloth:



Red-backed Squirrel Monkey:



Squirrel Monkey again:



Squirrel Monkey:



Yellow-headed Caracara:



Gecko:



Insect:



Gecko:



Lizard:

 
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Fantastic photos.really enjoyed seeing them.And well done on identifying them.
What's the situation regarding deforestation there?
Thanks : victory:

As far as I could make out it doesn't seem to be a problem there, there are some huge palm plantations near the coast but they are on land that has been used for farming for years (most of it was for bananas and pineapples until they realised palm was a lot more profitable).

There are national parks everywhere, and on the whole the people are very proud of the natural treasures they have and do everything they can to preserve them.

The biggest pressures at the moment are from tourism, but it seems to be contained quite well at the moment.



I think I did quite well naming all the birds but the lizards were pretty hard!

By the way, if anybody knows any of the lizards/insects that aren't labelled please let me know what they are!
 

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Freshwater turtle:



Red-backed Squirrel Monkey that stole a banana from the table at breakfast, peeled it and ate it, all in about 20 seconds!:



Monkey thief:







Pedro the Black Iguana that lived in a drain at the hotel:



Pedro:



Squirrel Monkey rubbing it's face:



Squirrel Monkey:



Scarlet Macaw:

 
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Scarlet Macaw:



Forest Floor Millipede:



Green and Black Poison Dart Frog:



Lizard/Skink:



Butterfly:



Butterfly again:



Black Iguana:



Juvenile Black Iguana:



Black Mangrove Hawk:



Turkey Vulture:

 
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Black Iguana:



Green Heron:



Great White Egret:



Mangrove Swallows:



White-faced Capuchin Monkey:



Capuchin:



Capuchin:



Capuchin:





 
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Bare-throated Tiger Heron:



Groove-billed Ani:



Cherrie's Tanager:



Red-capped Manakin:



Huge Locust:



Black Iguana:



Manuel Antonio beach:





Hermit Crab:

 
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White-nosed Coati:









Black Iguana:



White Ibis:



Mantled Howler Monkey:



Howler Monkeys:

 
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Three-toed Sloth:







My favourite picture:





Lizard:



Beach:



Cup fungus:



Harvestman:



Termites:

 
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:devil::devil::devil: Jealous. As. Fcuk.

Think I'll be booking a hol there pretty soon!!! I'm guessing by the quality of your pictures photography is a hobby of yours? Amazing pics!! :no1:
 

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Chestnut-mandibled Toucan:



Leafcutter Ants:



Grasshopper:



Heliconia butterfly:



Shield bug:



Shiny insect:



Wasp:



Awesome spider:



Butterfly:



Caterpillar:

 
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Shield bug:



Anteater (Tamandua):



Soldier leafcutter ant:



Butterfly:



Cool moth:



Lizard:



Praying mantis ooth:



White spider and unusual web:



Shield bug:

 
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Golden Orb Weaver, Nephila sp.:



Underneath:



Owl butterfly:



Coati:



We spent a night in the jungle at this camp... it was a 2 hour hike into the rainforest:



Our bedroom, what a view!:



Visiting the toilet at night was interesting!:



Jungle:



Giant tree root:



Fungus:

 
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