Scaly-breasted Hummingbird (Phaeochroa cuvierii, Colibri de Cuvier). Costa Rica, 2015.
For this hummingbird, the identification is more difficult. Even its name (Stripe-throated Hermit) does not seem very apparent on the photos. But it’s even worse when you see this little hummingbird in flight and not simply on a computer screen. Stripe-throated Hermit (Phaethornis striigularis, Ermite à gorge rayée). Costa Rica, 2015.
You should have no difficulty recognizing this bird from its name: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl, Ariane à ventre gris). Costa Rica, 2015.
This relatively large lizard is also known as Jesus Christ lizard for its spectacular aptitude to walk on water (or more precisely to run on the surface of water). Its colors (mostly light green with touches of turquoise) are quite astonishing as soon as you put it in bright light. Basiliscus plumifrons. Costa Rica, 2015.
Despite its vernacular English name, this is not exactly a heron but a bird of a similar family. A great impressive look, not handsome, but impressive! Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius, Savacou huppé). Costa Rica, 2015.
Tropical flowers are often very colourful and unusual in form (for us, European people). Why not try and interpret them with pictures which abandon all hope of identification and taxonomy.
Did you know that Costa Rica probably has 5% of global biodiversity (if it is counted in quantity of local species)? Marion and I went and checked this on location, despite (Marion’s) worries that most of local animals may be mostly insects, but with the hope to bring nice shots of cute little frogs. All… Read More