Blue Morpho

Costa Rica: Blue Morpho

The first time we saw one of these incredibly bright butterflies both Theresa and I thought it must be a tropical bird.

Temperate Rain Forest

From Tropical to Temperate Rain Forest

How quickly we replaced the warm humid climate of Costa Rica’s tropical rain forest with the cold humid climate of the Olympic Peninsula’s temperate rain forest.

Spotted Sandpiper

Costa Rica: Spotted Sandpiper

Jaco Beach is known for its nightlight but the area is full of wildlife as well. This Spotted Sandpiper was just one of the many birds we spotted while relaxing on the shoreline.

Ground Anole

Costa Rica: Ground Anole

Very common in Costa Rica but can be hard to pin down; they are fast and elusive when they need to be.

White-faced Capuchin

Costa Rica: White-faced Capuchin

Intelligent, fast and sneaky, you don’t want to turn your back on the White-faced Capuchin. At least you don’t if you have lunch around.


Costa Rica: Brown-billed Scythebill

I spotted this unusual bird in the most unlikely spot; just outside our hotel room door while on the way for coffee.

Black Spiny Tailed Iguana

Costa Rica: Black Spiny Tailed Iguana

The long, heavy tail of this lizard is covered in whorls of intimidating spines, and its feet are equipped with sharp claws.


Costa Rica: Magnificent Frigatebird

The Magnificent frigatebird can be found in many places around the globe, but I’ve never seen so many as on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.


Costa Rica: Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth

Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica’s smallest national parks but you’re guaranteed to see amazing flora and fauna and our trip was no exception.