Costa Rica Photo Journal by Don Getty – Part 1 of 3

Costa Rica Photo Journal by Don Getty – Part 1 of 3



I recently was in Costa Rica for nine full days of photography, putting over 7,000 clicks on my cameras. In order to give you a taste of the trip I decided to give you a daily photo journal of my experience in 3 parts.

Day 1 was just photographing around the bird feeders at Selva Verde Lodge. Just! I photographed 16 different species – what a great first day. It was the best day for Toucans and there was a wide variety of Tanagers as well.

Here are a few of my better images. They were all taken with a 500mm lens with a 1.4x extender.

Costa Rica Photo Journal by Don Getty – Part 1 of 3
Keel-billed Toucan

Chestnut mandibled Toucan
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

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Blue-gray Tanager

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

Silver throated Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager

Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari

Day 2 was also at Selva Verde Lodge. In the morning we walked around the property photographing Monkeys, Iguanas and Lizards. Much of the afternoon was spent doing macro photography of poison dart frogs and other small creatures. After dinner a friend and I searched for and photographed Red-eyed Treefrogs.

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Strawberry Poison Dart Frog on Cup Fungus

Green and Black Poison Daart Frog
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog

Red eyed Treefrog at night
Red-eyed Treefrog at night

Female Basilisk Lizard with Ant
Female Basilisk Lizard with Ant

White headed Capuchin Monkey
White-headed Capuchin Monkey

Day 3 was for Macaws. Much of the day was spent on a farm where the owner cares for injured birds and also has a pair of Jaguars under his protection. I was able to get plenty of photographs of both Scarlet and Great Green Macaws, but the Jaguars were not very photogenic in their heavy wire enclosures.

Scarlet Macaw Perched
Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw In Flight
Scarlet Macaw

Great Green Macaw Portrait
Great Green Macaw

Great Green Macaw In Flight
Great Green Macaw

Jaguar
Jaguar

Stay tuned for the next two parts of my Costa Rica photo journal.

To see many more, go to http://dongettywildlifephotography.com/p981518727

Don Getty

Don Getty

Don Getty has been an avid wildlife photographer for over 20 years. He resides in Wyoming, just 30 miles from Yellowstone Park. He photographs birds, mammals, reptiles and just about any living creature he can get in front of his lens. Wildlife photography has taken him throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the US and Canada, East Africa, South Africa, Costa Rica, Florida and Churchill Manitoba. He has received numerous awards and his images have appeared in many magazines, books and calendars.

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Don Getty

Don Getty

Don Getty has been an avid wildlife photographer for over 20 years. He resides in Wyoming, just 30 miles from Yellowstone Park. He photographs birds, mammals, reptiles and just about any living creature he can get in front of his lens. Wildlife photography has taken him throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the US and Canada, East Africa, South Africa, Costa Rica, Florida and Churchill Manitoba. He has received numerous awards and his images have appeared in many magazines, books and calendars.

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