BIODIVERSITY AND COLOR

Costa Rica claiming 25% of the worlds biology is not hard to swallow after you stroll through the jungle. In Canada, we have many different flowers, insects and mammals. But their coloring is much more subdued. Not so in the jungle, on the trip we saw all range of color – from bright colors to metallic.

Everyone knows about the beautiful parrots, macaws and like. There were beautiful birds everywhere. The key thing about spotting something in the jungle is not as much your eyes as your ears. I spotted all of these birds by their sound as they flew in and rustled the branches, or with the case of one bird pair … as they ate fruit and drop the rinds to the ground, through the jungle canopy.

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A dragonfly with fluorescent wing tips, just like in Avatar.

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I don’t remember all of the names (I have a laminated card in my office somewhere) .. but below are a few more colorful jungle inhabitants. The fiery billed Aracari.

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The vultures wing span had to be 8 feet. They just floated over us, day after day.

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A poison dart frog.

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The 8 foot Boa that spent the entire time we were there hanging out in the restaurant. In this shot, he was looking down on the men’s toilet ….

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I spotted this Parrot hanging out eating fruit over our room.

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As we hiked, we got lucky. The Trogon is not easy to see.

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Your room was properly protected with screens. But they always find their way in. This grasshopper was the purest of green.

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You don’t see metallic green bugs in Canada. It was about 10’ off the path and I just couldn’t stop marveling at the color.

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This dung beetle is brightly colored for a reason. Touch it and enjoy a noxious reward.

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Amazing.

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