We did not spend much time shooting the hummingbirds at Cinchona since we were occupied with the tanagers most of the time, as we knew we would have more opportunities at our next destination. I was hoping to see more toucans, but only a few flew by from afar although a toucanet seemed to try to make it up. Not only did it perch so close to us, but also did a few poses before taking off.
However, we were happy to be able to photograph some beautiful frogs that we had never seen before, even though some of them are poisonous, such as the Green and Black Poison Dart and the Strawberry Poison Dart frogs.
The Red-eyed Tree frogs, when disturbed, will flash their bulging red eyes and reveal their huge webbed orange feet. Despite their conspicuous coloration, they are not poisonous. We even had the opportunity to capture a pair bonding together.
We only had a few hours of sleep, but who needs sleep when you can photograph so many species of hummingbirds all in one place?
Just take a look at this short video of one of the feeders.
Catarata del Toro is yet another private reserve located in the heart of Costa Rica. Its main attraction is the waterfall – hence the name Catarata del Toro – which is 300 feet down.
One has to go through a series of hundreds of steep steps of hiking to get down to its base, which offers a breathtaking view at the bottom of the old volcanic crater. However, our interest remained at the top of the waterfall, where hundreds of hummingbirds crowded and feasted on the sweet juice at the feeders.
Even though we had control over the type of perches and backgrounds to choose from, getting the hummingbirds to perform their in-flight pose was not an easy task, especially when there’s always one of them more dominant and territorial.
Lunch and dinner were served at the shooting location as well, so we really optimized our shooting opportunities. All in all, we managed to capture six species of hummingbirds mostly in flight actions at this location.
Up next Nature Pavilion.. Stay tuned..