An armadillo forging for insects, FL
This very inquisitive Grey Squirrel came pretty close to me after posing for a few pictures. Alas I had nothing to feed him.
I'm Tired...(so Tired)
Baby Sea Lion on the dock (in front of the barriers they put up to keep them off the dock) It took a lot of work for this little one to get up there. (Not Baited, Not Captive)
Green frog on a pad, Acadia National Park
Tiny little Ghost Crab on the beach, Sandals Whitehouse, Westmorland, Jamaica
Tree frog, Westmoreland, Jamaica
Tiny frog peeping out at us between the leaves, shot at night.
Red Eyed Tree Frog (captive)
Red eyed Tree Frogs are perhaps the most iconic of all the tree frogs of Costa Rica. They sleep all day under leaves and come out at night. Their big orange feet and huge red eyes may serve as warning signals to predators that they are not safe to eat
"Puhlese Dahling, No more pictures"
Red eyed Tree Frogs are perhaps the most iconic of all the tree frogs of Costa Rica. They sleep all day under leaves and come out at night. Their big orange feet and huge red eyes may serve as warning signals to predators that they are not safe to eat (captive)
White Faced Monkey
This jaguar had been terrorizing farms in the area and was captured to prevent it's being hunted. Not an ideal life but better than the alternative
Non Stop Motion
This Margay Cat (c) never stopped walking up and down the limbs in it's enclosure at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Margay Cats are small wild cats that spend most of their lives up in the trees. Often confused with their slightly large cousins the Ocelot's they have specialized ankle joints that allow the Margay to make 180 degree turns on the branches of trees and lets them move through the treetops very much like squirrels do where as Ocelots rarely leave the ground.
The Little Begger
This young raccoon was just begging for a handout at the bottom of the waterfall trail at La Paz Waterfall Garden. Unfortunately he got one, (not from me) making him more habituated and less able to survive on his own.
Do you want, do you want, do you want to fight with me?
Small fly cleaning the pollen off it's mandibles.
Crimson Patch Butterfly
At our hotel in San Jose a beautiful Crimson Patch Butterfly alit for a few seconds on this pretty flower which I think is a type of Gerba Daisy
Tower of Power
Elephant leg and trunk, RWP zoo.
Fer de Lance
The Fer de Lance is the most venemous snake of Costa Rica causing the most snake-bite related deaths in the country. It is found in most environments and as humans have expanded so have the Fer de Lance. These Pit Vipers are nocturnal and are notable with a flattened triangular head. These snakes are easily agitated and are much more aggressive when startled than other snakes which is one reason for the number of snake bites.
Nobody Knows the trouble I've seen
The beautiful leathery face of an Arfican Elephant (c)
Your Lipstick Stains
Aother shot from the Roger Williams Park Zoo. African Elephant picking up some hay for a nibble.
A young Giraffe at Roger Williams Park Zoo, I don't know what set it off but it was galloping around very agitated. It would only stop for a few seconds before careening around the enclosure again, the other two giraffe's both older, didn't seem to be overly bothered and eventually this one settled down.
It's coming to get you
Rather large Iguana going back to the forest after a lunch and dip in the ocean.
Key Deer Buck, Big Pine Key.
These deer are tiny! This one reached to my shoulder...with the tips of it's antlers. (and I'm barely 5'2") They also have no fear of people, unfortunately. The sound of a car door means food for them and despite what the signs say it isn't just the tourists doing the feeding. We encountered a local family that pulled up next to us while we were photographing the deer and the man told us if we wanted to get a picture of them on their back legs we should hold up some treats. Which he proceeded to do, and then threw the bag of what appeared to be peanuts into the group of deer where they started to fight over it. Even worse the nuts were still in their plastic bag and several of the deer started coughing when they ingested the plastic. None of the tourists we met there fed the deer.
Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog
This tiny frog is also known as the strawberry poison arrow frog. The adults are between 2 and 2.5 cm long (3/4-1 inch). The males are very territorial and patrol it defending it from other mating or calling males, non-breeding males, and of course females, are allowed in. The fights between males can last up to 20 minutes with the males standing on their back legs and wrestling chest to chest. The loser is not killed but retreats from the victors territory.
Waiting and Wishing....
Poisonous Toad (c) holding onto a leaf, Costa Rica
Male Red Eye Tree Frog
Small frogs that make lots of noise, they typically are found on leaves over ponds or puddles where they will shake the branches to attract females (along with their "chack" sound) and keep other males away. After the female deposits the eggs on the leaf and the tadpoles develop they will fall into the water below where they have to escape predation by dragonflies, fish and beetles.
Yellow Eyed Tree Frog
These little frogs are highly endangered and a small population live in the ponds at Hotel Bougainvillea, brought there by a conservationist. Life isn't care free though, there are spiders on the grounds that can make a meal of these little beauties.
Cricket on a crass stalk at the Great Swamp.
I see you
Spider on a peony leaf.
The Crab Whisperer
Ghost Crab with unusual markings, Sandals La Toc Beach.
Thinking about a nibble
A bug Mike found for me this morning.
Hangin' around... takin' it slow
Inchworm on a sunflower, Buttonwoods farm.
Hover fly on a cone flower.
Here's looking at you...
Milkweed bug, Trustom Pond NWR, RI
Snail on grafitti, Fort Wetherill State Park.
Do you have any treats?
Driving from Jackson, WY to Salt Lake City to fly home we came across these horses in a field, when they saw us stop they all came rushing towards us.
Grazing under a cloudy sky
Bison Grazing in the Hayden Valley, Yellowstone NP.
Lonely old Stallion at McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area
Papa Grizzly takes a moment to stare at the paparazzi before going back to his berry foraging. Not Captive, Not Baited
Adult Bobcat in the snow
Just a sip
Timber Wolf taking a drink of water from a partially frozen pond while keeping an eye on the photographers
Mountain Lion in the snow
Siberian Tiger (c) spotting something it might like.
Coyote howling, Triple D.
Hmmm they don't look edible
Adult Bald Eagle along a roadside, Kalispell, MT
Show me happy...
Snow leopard at the Triple D Game Farm