Scarlet macaw takes flight, lowland rainforest, Costa Rica
A young Inca girl dresses herself and her alpaca to call attention to her family's roadside tourist stand, Sacred Valley, Peru
a purple-throated woodstar visits a Heliconia flower in Ecuador
long-billed hermit visits a rainforest Columnea flower
A Wire-crested Thorntail humminbird hovers in a rainforest in Ecuador
The historic town of San Pedro de Atacama is a charming look back into the past
an arboreal forest crab on a mossy branch in rainforest overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica
a hermit crab on a secluded beach in Costa Rica's Cahuita National Park
Bullet ants can measure nearly 2 inches long and their sting i considered the most painful in the insect world. They can play an important role in pollination of certain rainforest plants as they collect nectar, which they hold in their jaws to take back to their underground colonies. This bullet ant is collecting nectar from a rainforest Poinsettia plant (actually from the genus Warsweczia in the coffee or Rubiaceae family).
A colorful weevil on a branch in a rainforest, Ecuador
Spiny Devil Katydid in a rainforest in the Amazon foothills of Ecuador
the beautiful Savegre River in the Talamanca Mountain Range is Costa Rica's best area for observing the Resplendent Quetzal
sunrise over a reef in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
a white-faced capuching monkey leaps through the canopy in a rainforest on the southern Pacific coast
A common opossum eating ants on a tree trunk at night in the Bosque de Paz Cloud Forest Reserve
A spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) opens its mouth to cool off on a hot, windy day in a forest on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. I waited for a strong gust of wind to blow the monkey's fur in a swirling pattern.
A Pallas' Long-tongued Bat visits a banana flower, Costa Rica
Puma (Puma concolor) feasting on a domestic sheep (Ovis aries) carcass on the outskirts of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. There is a growing conflict in the region between sheep farmers and conservationists because the puma, symbol of conservation in the area, has discovered sheep to be easy prey. Farmers have been known to hunt pumas to avoid losses to their flocks.
Photo taken with a wide angle lens and a remote shutter release in a collaboration between professional nature photographers Gregory Basco and Rodrigo Moraga.
an orchid flowers along a backwater stream in Cahuita National Park
a tender rattlesnake plant struggles to grow in the cracked mud of a riverbank at the end of the dry season
Rainforest cucumber flower (genus Gurania) and mist in a Costa Rican cloud forest
The Rio Celeste in Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park is one of my favorite destinations in the country for landscape photography. While spending a day in the park photographing with a friend, I composed this image of native aquatic grasses in the river. I liked the contrast of the green vegetation with the otherworldly blue water of the river, which results from suspended silica colloids, probably of volcanic origin.
Satiny parrot snake (Leptophis depressirostris)
Speckled palm pit viper (Bothriechis nigroviridis), Talamanca Mountains, Costa Rica
Brown vine snake (Oxybelis aeneus) in a lowland rainforest in Costa Rica
a glass frog at night in a cloud forest -- lit entirely by flashlights
Deforestation for cattle ranching and agriculture is an ongoing threat to the tropical dry forests of Costa Rica's Guanacaste province.
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), Costa Rica
An inquisitive king vulture peers into the camera as I shot through a blind in northern Costa Rica.
Canon 5DsR, Sigma 150-600 mm zoom, handheld, f/6.3, 1/800, ISO 500
Crimson-rumped Toucanet in cloud forest, Ecuador
Silver-throated Tanager, cloud forest, Costa Rica
Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas), the most famous frog in Costa Rica and possibly the world