The Caiman crocodile was just plain cool to see. I named him "Smiley" for his pearly whites. This was taken with my Tamron 150-600mm from a getaway quick distance if needed as I totally respected his space.
These guys can move when they want too with a land speed of over 11 miles per hour.
|Caiman Crocodile "Smiley" by Sheen's Nature Photography|
Later that night, we went frog hunting with our knowledgeable guide. The night has all sorts of slithery creatures. The red-eyed green tree frog all but glowed in the dark rainforest. His chartreuse skin and crimson eyes lit up the night.
|Red-eyed Green Tree Frog by Sheen's Nature Photography|
The same night we photographed the curious little fruit bat. They could be seen during the day as they would cluster together in the heavy, long leaves that made a perfect shady home during daylight. At night, they flew out as groups and some solo operators remained behind for a little extra rest time before taking off to join the rest of the bats.
|Fruit Bat Stare-down, Sheen's Nature Photography|
Both the tree-frog and the fruit bat were taken using a Nikon 70-200 2.8mm along with a speedlight in order to bring out the details.
Along the way we did a few stops to see the Scarlet McCaw and the Tropical Screech owl that were along the dirt, well-bumped road (it's Costa Rica, rough roads are part of the charm) and streams. Stay tuned for the Costa Rican bird blog coming soon.