In June, 2006, my wife Sarah and I traveled to Costa Rica with Dr. Ed Bacon and Andres Bacon.  We were traveling in association with Isabel Bacon's Spanish class.  While in Costa Rica we visited several national parks and other natural areas to see the native wildlife.  Photos from our trip are below.

This is our usual wildlife viewing group:  John Hunt, Sarah Hunt, Andres Bacon, and Ed Bacon.  Note the waterfall in the background.  This photo was taken at the El Tronco nature reserve.

On arrival, we stayed in San Jose for a day, then traveled to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast.  Isabel's students went on this trip also.  At the Park, we took several boat trips on the Rio Tortuguero.  In the above picture, Courtney Levingston, Nancy Stephan, and Sarah Hunt are on board for a trip.

 

This Amazon kingfisher was spotted on one of our river trips.  It was one of 72 species of birds we saw during our stay.

 

Bare-throated tiger herons were common at Tortuguero.  This juvenile was hanging around a campsite on the river.

 

We had several different wildlife guides during our stay in Costa Rica.  These guides are professionally trained and licensed by the Costa Rican government, and each one of them was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the animals of Costa Rica.  Our guide at Tortuguero, Isabelle Gauthier, was also eagle-eyed--she spotted the toucans in this tree from a spot on the river well over a mile away.  There were three species of toucans in the tree:  keel-billed toucan, chestnut-mandibled toucan, and collared aracari.

 

Isabelle also knew where to go to find this group of long-nosed bats. 

 

Blue-gray tanagers were common around the lodge at Tortuguero.

 

Sarah was actually thrilled to be holding this black river turtle, but it did scratch her up pretty well.  Ah, the dangers of being a biologist!

 

This white-faced capuchin was kind enough to pose for photos.  We also saw howler monkeys and spider monkeys at Tortuguero.

 

This is the crater of Volcan Poás.  Our guide said we needed to take pictures before the fog covered it, and he was right--we had only a couple minutes with a clear view of the crater.  Costa Rica has several active and extinct volcanoes.

 

This green-and-black poison dart frog was common at many of the places we visited.  This picture was taken at Selva Verde.

 

Green iguanas were also common everywhere we went.

 

Almost every place we visited had hummingbird feeders up.

 

Our last day in Costa Rica, we took a tram ride through the canopy at Braulio Carrillo National Park.