One of the prettiest beaches on Costa Rica’s west coast is on the inside of a circular bay that gives protection to the swimmers from the open ocean waves and is named Carrillo Beach.Continue reading Nice beach, Nice sunset, Nice Black and White
Visiting a new area in Costa Rica nearly always means a change in the avian species around. Granted, some birds seem to pop up anywhere but there are always nice surprises.
The place we were staying was on the slope of a hill, with a long balcony overlooking the coast. A few feet below the balcony the Stachytarpheta shrubs were busy with hummingbirds flying non stop.
The high viewpoint revealed the beautiful design on the tails of female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. But I was not too successful in getting eye-level shots of the males… well, I already had those anyway from their seasonal visit to my garden’s Stachytarpheta.
Soon I noticed two species I had not photographed before: the Cinnamon Hummingbird and the Blue-throated Goldentail. The first, kindly chose a well-located perch and posed for me. The Goldentail I shot perched on a dry inflorescence… enough to show its blue throat, but it was again the elevated viewpoint from the balcony that provided a nice picture of both its thick red bill and its magnificent Golden Tail.
Nice too for just a beach trip!
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Every year, when migratory Vireos are getting ready to fly back to their breeding habitats in North America, they make sure to feed on the seeds of Bocconia frutescens. When the fruits open, the black seeds, covered partially with a red aril, are suspended on the middle of a ring… ready to eat.Continue reading Grabbing Fruits on the Fly… literally
As you frame the flying bird, put a focusing sensor on its eye, initiate tracking and compose your photo so there is space on the front… ‘Yeah right…. I shoot Swallows around here!’Continue reading Birds in flight: Olympus, Nikon and the swallows
Even though not all digital cameras offer automated focus-stacking of focus-bracketed exposures, the Panasonic and Olympus micro four thirds cameras have been doing it for several years so far. I wanted to compare it with computer focus stacking and, with my garden orchids blooming, I finally did the test.Continue reading How good is in-camera focus stacking?
When doing macro and close-up photography convenience is number one… well, a good subject is number one actually and quality is a given, but you get my drift…Continue reading Macro and Close Up? Give me my micro four thirds camera please!
A mountainous, tropical country like Costa Rica is bound to have plenty of waterfalls. This is the second part of my previous post: mountain river, waterfalls and lush tropical vegetation with great weather.Continue reading Tropical river nature
Thanks to a partial lifting of our restrictions, and a couple days of good weather, we got the chance of visiting Waterfall Gardens, a private park and Zoo in the Costa Rican mountains. We went there on a weekday and I knew we would find almost nobody there.Continue reading Simple Nature
Ok, they only look like some fancy chocolate candies but actually are tiny butterfly eggs. How small? The whole clutch measures 9 mm from side to side (a little over one third of an inch). Continue reading These are not chocolate candies!
A few weeks ago my friend Marco Saborío, a very experienced nature photographer, told me there were several nesting Least Grebe couples on a pond. I love the piercing yellow eyes of these diving birds but I had not seen them nesting before: I was in for a nice surprise! Continue reading Nesting (Cute!) Least Grebes