Daily Archives: January 26, 2022

Spectacled Owl with Cope

Spectacled Owl: Gaupiles, Costa Rica — Every year when we visit, Cope has known where at least one Owl is roosting during the day. In fact, it was owls that first took us to Cope’s. I asked my guide, on my very first trip to Costa Rica, if we could see an owl on one of our afternoons with no scheduled activity…and he said, “Well I know this guy…” We have been going to Cope’s every trip since. The Spectacled Owl has been faithful each year. Some years we get better views. Some years we see two owls together. Some years we see a chick. And twice we have also seen Great Crested Owl in the same area. But always owls! Cope is very careful not to disturb the owls and we always remain at a respectful distance and don’t sometimes, have the clearest line of sight in the dense second growth area where they roost. But we always see them. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with wildlife modifications and multi-frame noise reduction. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. Equivalent ISO 6400 @ f4 @ 1/80th (way dark in the forest!)