La Selva Biological Reserve Costa Rica

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La Selva Biological Reserve Costa Rica

May I share with you the photos of a very talented photographer and travel writer.  His name is Jim O’Donnel.  He is on assignment in Costa Rica.

Thank you Jim for this nice work!!

A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

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By the time I climbed back into the van for the drive back to San Jose my clothes were drenched, my glasses fogged up and my camera worn out. Located right at the confluence to two croc-filled rivers, the air in the forest is so humid that every little step results in a torrent of sweat.  If you’re not drinking water, you’re not going to make it! If you didn’t bring extra camera batteries you camera isnt going to make it either!

I’m sitting in the airport in San Juan writing this post this morning and lusting for another cup of coffee.  I’m exhausted and emotional, not ready to face the cold of home but missing my kids to a ridiculous degree.  There is Christmas music blasting through the Lavazza cafe and a bunch of young American men are talking about guns.  The lady behind the counter is surly and her co-worked bored. The way home goes through Houston, then Denver and then a two-hour drive to my mom’s house where I can rest.  Finally.

As I fly home today I offer up just a sample…a taste…of what I saw yesterday at La Selva Biological Station in the wet tropical rain forest lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica. The station, at about 1,600 hectares (3,900 acres), offers up a stunning array of Costa Rican wildlife.

La Selva was originally established in 1954 by Dr. Leslie Holdridge, as a farm dedicated to experimentation on mixed plantations for the improvement of natural resources management. It was purchased in 1968 by the Organization for Tropical Studies and declared a private biological reserve and station. Since then, it has become one of the most important sites in the world for research on tropical rain forest. Over 240 scientific papers are published yearly from research conducted at the site……….

 

DSC 0220 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
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DSC 0259 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)
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DSC 0282 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Central American Whiptail (Ameiva festiva)
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DSC 0293 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Blue Jeans Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilo)
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DSC 0326 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
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DSC 0338 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
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DSC 0347 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus)
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DSC 0367 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Salmon-bellied Racer (Mastigodryas malenolomus)
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DSC 0384 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
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DSC 0400 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Broad-billed Motmot (Electron platyrhynchum)
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DSC 0440 A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla)

I’m not sure the species of frog he is eating but it was a pretty stunning site to see him chasing the frog right across our path and onto a patch of grass where he grabbed the doomed little brown dude in mid-jump. I’ve never seen anything like that. What really stunned me was how fast the snake downed the frog and then moved on.

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