Ghost Crab, Marino Ballena National Park, Costa Rica

Ghost Crab, Marino Ballena National Park, Costa Rica

ghost crab in Marino Ballena National Park, Costa Rica

Marino Ballena National Park (El Parque Nacional Marino Ballena) is located on the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica near Uvita. It includes a large stretch of beautiful and mostly deserted beach.

One of the special things about Costa Rica is the outstanding bio diversity. There are so many exotic animals and many can be seen close up.
 
We had the extraordinary opportunity of visiting a sea turtle preservation site and watching the release of buckets full of tiny turtle hatchlings for their first walk into the ocean. It was a wonderful experience and we took lots of photos and a video.
 
You can see it all here Protecting Costa Rica’s Sea Turtles at Playa Tortuga

 
 
Secret Waterfall in Costa Rica

Secret Waterfall in Costa Rica

Secret Waterfall in Costa Rica

This idyllic waterfall is in the remote village of Ojochal on the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica. Practically unknown except to locals, we found it to be a lovely place to cool off on a hot day.

We were advised that if we wanted to venture under the waterfall, to hold on to the blue rope to keep from being swept down river by the powerful flow.

 
 

Chestnut Mandibled Toucan Pair, Ojochal, Costa Rica

Chestnut Mandibled Toucan Pair, Ojochal, Costa Rica

Pair of toucans, Costa Rica

Like other toucans, the chestnut-mandibled toucan is brightly colored and has the distinctive large bill. Unlike most birds, the male and female are similarly marked. The male at about 56 cm long is typically larger than the, female which is typically 52 cm long.

This pair of toucans appear in a tree on the property where we are staying in Ojochal, Costa Rica each evening at about the same time. We enjoy watching them hop from branch to branch.

 
 
Ctenosaur Lizard in Tree, Atenas, Costa Rica

Ctenosaur Lizard in Tree, Atenas, Costa Rica

Iguana in tree in Costa Rica

Ctenosaur lizards are common in Costa Rica and we have seen them in many different sizes. This one is about four feet long and lives nearby our rented casita in the hills of Atenas, Alajuela.

Ctenosaurs are agile tree climbers and spend some of their time in trees and some on land. Their diet is omnivorous, feeding on fruits, leaves, flowers and small insects. They have excellent eyesight and this one moves away with surprising speed when we approach it.

 
 
Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird, Costa Rica

Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird, Costa Rica

Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird

I was fortunate to photograph this Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird while it was still for a second. We were visiting La Paz Waterfall and Gardens in Vara Blanca, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

There are more than fifty species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica, said to be the most species in any one country. The La Paz Waterfall Gardens has at least twenty-six different kinds, each one more brilliantly colored than the next.

 
 
Magia Blanca Waterfall in La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Vara Blanca, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Magia Blanca Waterfall in La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Vara Blanca, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Magia Blanca Waterfall, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Vara Blanca, Alajuela, Costa Rica

La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park is a 70 acre wonderland with manicured gardens. It contains 3.5 kilometers of paved trails through cloud forest and rainforest.There are wildlife exhibits similar to what one would see in a zoo, but all of the housed animals have been rescued.

The wildlife exhibits include an aviary, a butterfly house, monkeys, hummingbirds, frogs, jungle cats and snakes. Also on the grounds are a reconstructed typical Tico casita, a trout lake and a restaurant.

 
 

There are five different waterfalls in the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Magia Blanca, at 120 feet, is the second largest.

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