Posts in Category: Las Cruces BS, OTS

Common Chlorsphingus

Common Chlorosphingus: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — Indeed the most common Chlorosphingus in Costa Rica and probably in Central America. One of the most common birds around feeders and often the flock leader in mixed feeding flocks in the forest. They are pretty much everywhere, at higher elevations though I think the Sooty-capped is more common at the highest elevations. Sony Rx10iv at 485 and 600mm equivalents. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 800 and 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus .7EV.

Lesson’s Motmot

Lesson’s Motmot: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — If you remember, I posted a Lesson’s Motmot from our very first day in Costa Rica, from the grounds of the Hotel Bougainvilla, This one came for the bananas on the terrace behind the dinning hall at Las Curces. Lesson’s and the Blue-capped Motmot with a range in Northeast Mexico both used to be the Blue-crowned Motmot when I first birded in Central America. The Lesson’s is perhaps the most common Motmot in Central American and certainly in Costa Rica. Sony Rx10iv at 580mm and 493mm equivalents. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. Upright: ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Horizontal: ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus .7EV.

Crested Guan

Crested Guan: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — The Crested is the lowland and foothills Guan in Costa Rica…replaced by the Black Guan at higher elevations. There were several around the grounds of the Wilson Botanical Gardens at Las Cruces. This one came out into a patch of sun for us. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Fiery-billed Aracari

Fiery-billed Aracari: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — Though we see Fiery-billed Aracari on the Osa Peninsula, I alway enjoy them at the feeders on the deck behind the dinning hall at Las Cruces. Up close and personal. And such intense birds! They, like most of the Toucan family, are terrible bullies and nest predators, but you have to admire their plumage and that massive bright bill. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 486 and 587mm equivalents. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th and 1/640th.

Euphonias

Spot-crowned and Yellow-throated Euphonia: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2023 — when we visited Las Cruces last year, that is in 2021, there were only Spot-crowned Euphonias coming to the feeders…but this year (2022) there were both Spot-crowned and Yellow-throated. Such a treat! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/1000th and 1/640th.

Green Honeycreeper

Green Honeycreeper: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — This is one of those rare bird species which is obviously named for the female, who is indeed, very very green. The male, in his turquoise and black, can therefore, come as somewhat of a surprise, the first time you see one…which is likely to be at any fruit feeder in Central America or almost anywhere except the highest mountains and deepest Amazon in northern South America. Of course they do exist just fine where people are not feeding birds…but they are certainly among the most common “feeder birds” in American tropics, often arriving first and staying longest. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 and 1600 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Speckled Tanager

Speckled Tanager: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — The Speckled Tanager is reason enough to visit the Wilson Botanical Gardens at Las Cruces Biological Research Station. It is a bird of upper and mid-canopy in the foothills of the Caribbean slope and the South Pacific slope, but it does come down to fruit feeders. They are regular visitors to the periodic feeding station on the terrace by the dinning hall at LCBRS. I say periodic since there is really only fruit out when a group of birders/photographers are visiting (it is a BYOF feeder, and we always stop in town for fruit on our way to Las Cruces). The Speckled Tanager of Central America and northern South America is very closely related to the Spotted Tanager found further south in South America. They might, at one time, have been the same species but they have become geographically separated. That’s one theory anyway. I have only ever seen them at the Wilson Botanical Garden and early in the morning when the rising sun makes them glow. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Crested Oropendola

Crested Oropendola: Las Cruces Biological Station, OTS, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — Our first morning at the Las Cruces Biological Station, which is owned and managed by the Organization for Tropical Studies, we gathered on the deck behind the dinning hall and put out a few bananas for the birds. The sun was not fully on the deck yet when a pair of Crested Oropendolas came in. The Crested Oropendola has an extensive range in South America, pretty much at the mid-elevations surrounding the whole Amazon Basin, but it only reaches as far north in Central America as the border between Panama and Costa Rica…just into Costa Rica in the extreme south west. I had distant views of the bird in 2021 from the same deck at Wilson Botanical Gardens at Las Cruces, but this was my first close view. Wile not as large as the Montezuma Oropendola, it is still an impressive bird. A member of the Oriole family. The Las Cruces station is one of 3 in Costa Rica dedicated to providing habitat and housing for tropical research. OTS acquired the Wilson Botanical Gardens, formerly a commercial garden, when the Wilson’s retired. At least a good portion of there support these days comes from hosting birding and photography groups like ours in the rooms they provide for students. It is always a privilege to visit. Sony Rx10iv at 361mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus .3EV.

Snowy-bellied Hummingbird

Snowy-bellied Hummingbird: Las Cruses Biological Station / Wilson Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, December 2022 — Not the best photo but a very good bird. We missed it yesterday…at least missed photo ops…so I was out at sun-up in the gardens waiting for it this morning and it came just as I would have had to leave to make it back for breakfast. One quick stop in the sun and it was gone again. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Golden-hooded Tanager

Golden-hooded Tanager: Wilson Botanical Gardens, Las Cruses Biological Station, Costa Rica, December 2022 — One of my favorite Tanagers of Central America…especially when seen in good early morning light. Found on both slopes from lowlands through foothills. Sony Rx10iv at 591mm. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/800th.