The sea suddenly boils up with a seething ball of silvery jackfish.
Brown pelicans, soaring gracefully overhead in a V formation, break apart and dive-bomb into the water. They shoot down beak-first with such speed we wonder they don’t knock themselves out!
Uttering whoops of excitement, a couple of fishermen who have been watching the scene, dash into the water, toss their lines in – and within the space of a few minutes, haul out four big jackfish.
Birds of Costa Rica
We just returned from a small-ship expedition cruise with UnCruise Adventures from Costa Rica to Panama. Dive-bombing pelicans were just some of the many stunning birds of Costa Rica we marveled at on our trip.
Costa Rica is home to more than 850 species of birds – and birders go gaga over spotting all the different birds found there, especially the resplendent quetzal (that’s the brilliantly-colored scarlet and teal bird with two extraordinarily long tail feathers).
On several hikes, we happened to be in the same small group with fellow guest and photography buff, Richard Hall Patterson. He gamely lugged his Nikon D3S with Tamron 15-600 mm zoom lens along with him – a necessity if you want to capture any decent bird shots, we discovered after reviewing our little Sony’s photos.
(And if you do go to Costa Rica for the birds, be prepared to look up, waaaaaay up, to spot them. Somehow, we expected them to be flying around at face level. Guess we’ve been spoiled by watching too many National Geographic shows… Those toucans like to hide!)
Anyway, here are a few of Richard’s fantastic photos of some of the birds of Costa Rica we saw. If you love birds, these photos will whet your appetite to go see them in the wild for yourself…
Egret (type? we don’t know…)
Mangrove black hawk
All the bird photos here (except the quetzal) were taken by Richard Hall Patterson. (Thanks Richard!) If you want to use any of his photos, please give him photo credit. And he’d love it if you made a small donation to a worthy wildlife cause of your choice.