Costa Rica 2008

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All photographs Copyright Jeremy Poole 2008

We saw a small range of mammals, but this included some exellent sightings of sloths and monkeys.

Costa Rica has an incredible variety of birds. It requires a trained eye to find many of these, and photographing them can be challenging. We saw a large variety of birds both small and large, but the resplendent quetzal, the national bird of Costa Rica, eluded us.

I had a strong desire to see and photograph the poison dart frog, even before setting out. Of the reptiles, one can say that some of the lizards are somewhat larger than any seen in the UK, and other reptiles have bigger teeth!

Insect life was faily limited, although there were numerous butterflies to be seen, both in captivity and in the wild.

There were plenty of spiders, from tiny male orb weavers to orange-kneed tarantulas.

There was a good display of pottery in the National Museum, but sadly the National Monument of Guyabo was not of the quality of some others in the continent, such as Machu Picchu.

Although my main (or sole!) interest in Costa Rica was the wildlife, the tour also took in beaches and rather too many cloudy volcanoes.


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