Trip report Costa Rica

For your reports/images, made outside Europe and the "Mediterranean" countries. Not to be too narrow minded and limited to our European/Mediterranean herps.

Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Bobby Bok » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:49 pm

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:
GertJan Verspui wrote:Boa constrictors were already found in this place, so in a couple of years you will also find eyelash vipers there.

Don't get it, can you explain?


Global warming I guess, lowland species expanding their range upwards...
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:52 pm

Great report GJ! So many species! Also so many rare species. Very impressive (especially on a family trip). :)
Did you get any sleep? ;)
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby GertJan Verspui » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:07 pm

Jeroen, yes, what Bobby said.

Bobby, Paul, Berislav, Pablo, Thanks!

Ronald, that could have been better, there were nights of 4-5 hours, but most of them were 6-7, more then enough quality sleeping time, seeing the fact that we arrived with 4 and went home with 5...
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:36 pm

Very cool!
I love the stoned looking frogs!


and



the Vipers (of course) ;)
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Laura Bok » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:38 pm

I can only join in - it is amazing how much you found. Great photography - I love the frogs and the Bolitoglossa! And Jürgen is right, the vipers are also not too bad ;) .
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Erich Köck » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:49 pm

Big congrats, incredible species diversity for just a couple of weeks on a family trip, and extremely beautiful photos as always. Spent full six months in CR and Panama myself back in 1999 herping day and night, but it took me months to discover some of the species you came across in a matter of days or weeks...
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:44 pm

GertJan Verspui wrote:more then enough quality sleeping time, seeing the fact that we arrived with 4 and went home with 5...

:?: :?: :?:
Congrats!!!
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:25 am

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:
GertJan Verspui wrote:more then enough quality sleeping time, seeing the fact that we arrived with 4 and went home with 5...

:?: :?: :?:
Congrats!!!



Oh, now I see, Congrats Young Bull!
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby GertJan Verspui » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:52 pm

Thanks amigo's, when everything goes well there will be an other young Verspui who will be forced into herping from birth till at least its 16th birthday...
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby miguel santos » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:40 pm

Indeed a great report ! and very very nice foto's.
I too was in Costa Rica twice in the 1990's and have been in 4 of the places you were. I do understand the choices and feel like going back there :)
When I was there it was (for me) difficult to get the literature on what to be expected. Therefore I concentrated more on birds. But there is so much nature out there and I saw much more than I photographed (film roll) . I think you can really combine a family trip with herping in Costa Rica, it is safe and in most places you can sleep close to nice hotspots. BUT what you saw is ridiculous......
So many species and so great pictures. I think you only met your wife and kids at the airport and photoshopped them in the other pictures :D
I too know the guards in Cahuita. I remember staying with my wife not far from the entry pretending to be doing nothing, untill they left the guard house at about 18:00.
After that we just crossed the bridge and went in.
Is it still open as it used to be or is there a gate and they close the park in the evening?
In Monteverde I also saw more herps and birds outsine the reserve and arround Santa Helena. I think most animals there are to be found up in the canopy...
I have one daughter about to turn 16 and I think she will do less "herping" from now on. When we went to Cordoba in August for a cultural trip she asked : "OK what rare animal are we looking for here? "
Enjoy the time with your kids,

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