Saturday, December 12, 2020

Saturday's Critters #365

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


Hello and happy Saturday!
 
 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!
 
I wish all who celebrate... peace, love and happiness this Hanukah season!
 
I am running out of critters and bird photos to share. So I am sharing some of my archived photos from our 2010 trip to Costa Rica, we took a guided trip staying at various hotels starting at San Jose, Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast, Fortuna the gateway to Arenal Volcano Nat'l Park and Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast. We visited a coffee plantation, pineapple plantation, the butterfly garden, various nature river boat rides from the lodge in Tortuguero and a nature boat ride at Caño Negro, we hiked in the Poas Volcano Nat'l Park Cloud forest, on the Arenal Nat'l Park hanging bridges trail and walked on the beach in Guanacaste located on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. 


1.  The Butterfly Garden, various species of butterflies and lovely flowers and plants. 
 
 Click on photos for better viewing.
 

 
2.  Insects and reptiles and other miscellaneous wildlife. We saw Rhinoceros Beetles, Hercules Beetle, Crocodiles and Caiman, Iguana, various lizards, turtles, Beetles, Long-nosed Bats, Pit Viper,  Orb spiders and Ghost crabs.
 
 

 
 
3. The wild monkeys we saw in Costa Rica were the most common seen and heard Howler Monkey, Golden-mantled Howler Monkey, White faced Capuchin Monkey and Spider Monkeys.
 
 

4.  The flowers must taste delicious, this monkey was hanging a tree branch with just it's tail. The photos taken from the moving boat ride are not the clearest. But, I think it is cute.



 
5. Costa Rica bird lifers...These are not all the birds or lifers I was able to see on my trip. 
Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, not sure if seen below we also saw the Green Kingfisher, Grey-necked wood Rail, Great Potoo, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Blue-Gold Macaw (not-sure if these two were escapees, seen in a tree at the Hanging Bridge Park area), Red-lored Parrots, Montezuma Oropendola, Passerini's Tanager, Palm Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Great Kiskadee and the Variable Seedeater.
 
 

6.  Before our breakfast or boat ride tours I walked around the grounds of the Tortuguergo Lodge. The Montezuma Oropendola had nest in a lot of the trees. 

 
7. It is a cool looking bird and they make some strange sounds. The male can be 20 inches long.  Their tale feathers are a bright yellow.

 
 
8. The nest is woven with fibers and vines, similar to an Orioles nest.
 


 
9. Costa Rica Toucan lifers...The top two toucans are the Collared Aracari, in the second row is the Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan and the last row is the Keel-billed Toucan. Seeing the Toucans in the wild was a treat for me. 





10.  Various wildlife seen in various areas around Costa Rica. Streaked Backed Oriole in Guanacaste,  Brown Pelicans, Iguana, the Coati (about the size of a house cat) crossed the trail in front of us at the Hanging Bridge park, a sloth was seen hiding in a tree above the river, a large Black Oxen, other Oxen and some horses seen along the road.
 
 


11.   The Collared Aracari was seen often by the boat dock at the Tortuguera Lodge.




Costa Rica was one of my favorite trips, the wildlife sightings are amazing. I took over a hundred photos each day we were there, I do have some previous blog post on Costa Rica.  I would love to take another trip to Costa Rica seeing parts of the country we missed. 
 


Thanks to all my visitors and for all your comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their critter post.


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Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the host Anni.

119 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! we were in Costa Rica one year ago, and it was fabulous. So sad we are locked in now.

    be safe...mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae!
      I would love to go back to Costa Rica, we had such a great trip the first time.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  2. Happy Hanukah! I like your selection of critters photos. I have never seen so many types of monkeys. birds, insects and reptiles. Thank you for hosting. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  3. Costa Rica is the most wonderful place to see beautiful birds in t the world. I went a number of years ago and took thousands of photographs and still have not edit most of them!!! I am sure you trip was just as wonderful as mine and you certainly saw a lot of critters. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      I would like to see your Costa Rica photos!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  4. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos with us!
    Through the eye of your camera, we can also see the beauty of nature!
    Wishing you a great weekend!
    ~ Be safe and well ~

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    1. Thank you Ella!
      Take care, stay safe!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  5. Wow! What a collection of butterflies...and not to mention the toucans! I am delighted with all these exotic beauties!
    The Oropendola is awesome too. Thanks for sharing. What a fun time you must have had!
    Enjoy a peaceful and safe weekend!

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    1. Thank Yo, I appreciate your visits and comments.
      Have a great day and happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  8. Que lindo tudo isso!Esse jardim das borboletas é maravilhoso!Adorei ver! beijos, lindo fim de semana,chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  9. Beautiful series of photos.
    Greetings.

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    1. Thank you for the comment!
      Take care, happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful photos from Costa Rica. The birds are very pretty. They looks very exotic.
    Happy weekend! Take care and stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  12. Hi Eileen,
    it is not convenient for me to post a link t3e.
    I keep running into the same problem. I click on the name and also place the link. But when I click enter everything just stays there.
    Even if I check privacy, I will not get the link from my site. Very unfortunate but it really does not work.
    Also do not understand why I can no longer do this ???
    Greetings, Helma

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    1. Thank you Helma!
      I am not sure what the problem is, thanks for trying.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  13. A fantastic series of critters and nature photos. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  14. Wonderful portfolio of Costa Rica wildlife! I spent a summer there back in 1969 during a Central America Tropical Medicine fellowship, but was limited to only one carry-on size suitcase, so my binoculars and bird guide stayed home. Five Fellows, a professor and a driver had to all fit into one Suburban SUV. Studied mostly bugs, microorganisms and marmosets but did visit Volcanos Poas and Irazu. Birds were distant and colorful unidentified flying objects.

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    1. Thank you Ken!
      It is a shame you did not have your binocs during your stay in Costa Rica.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  15. how wonderful to see your shots. It is actually one of the great thing with covid, we can easily go back in time and enjoy some travelling once more. Your trip to CR was quite different from mine. Mine was mainly about birds. I photographes almost 300 species I could ID. But you saw much more of the wildlife and country. I recognize most of the birds you share but not much other wildlife. And we only spent one hour at the beach of Pacific ocean :( Take care.

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      Yes, most of my birds were seen during our tours and outings, not a bird walk.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you William!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  17. Each & all are super-incredible! Of course my favorites are the tropical birds. A few years ago South Texas has a rare appearance of an Amazon kingfisher!

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      I enjoyed seeing all the bird in Costa Rica, there were so many more to see.
      Have a great weekend!

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  18. ...Eileen, your pictures are so nice and warm looking on this cold winter morning. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Take care and enjoy your day.

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  19. I have birded in Costa Rica three times - and would do it three times more given the chance! Realistically, however, I will not be back there again.

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    1. Thank you David!
      There are so many new places I would like to visit.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  20. What a fantastic plenitude of amazing critters, Eileen! Beautiful photos!

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  21. What an amazing trip that must have been. We went to the Dominican Republic. Not a lot of time for birding, as I was with my girls, but they are so different, aren't they?!

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  22. PS: Thanks for hosting, Eileen! Have a great new week!

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    1. Thanks again Nick!
      Have a great new week ahead!

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  23. Your Costa Rica trip was obviously very special Eileen. The variety of birds and other wildlife looks amazing in both numbers and species to be seen. No wonder you would like to go back.

    I must say that the Montezuma Oropendola looks and sounds wonderful, maybe the bird of the trip? But I would like to see and hear all those different monkeys.

    Thanks for the chance to link up today. Have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      The wildlife sightings in Costa Rica were just amazing.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  24. Hi Eileen, It is early Saturday morning, still dark and 33 degrees outside here in Seattle. My usual morning routine is underway with my first cup of dark brew coffee and a look at the World Wide Web. Today, I decided to start by taking a look at some of my favorite blogs. Saturday’s Critters #365 is just excellent. I know what you mean by running low on current photos and looking back into the archives because that is exactly what is happening to me as well since I really can’t go anywhere now except the grocery store. :-) I loved these pictures from your visit to Costa Rica. We had a one-day stop in Costa Rica on a cruise a few years ago and I was impressed with that part of the world. I recall a long lunch on the ship with a fellow passenger who was an American who had lived in Costa Rica. I tried to get all the info I could on how one might retire there. :-) Thanks for sharing your excellent photos. Have a happy weekend and do take good care. Best regards to you from Seattle. John

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    1. Hello John!
      I appreciate your visit and nice comment. I would think it is hard for someone to retire in another country, unless you can keep two addresses one being in the USA. I did love Costa Rica, I would love to go back and visit another part of the country that we missed. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  25. That's one of the wonderful things about traveling...seeing new and unusual things! You take such great photos and I love seeing the nests and natural habitat of so many of these. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hello Diane,
      We do try to see as much as we can when we travel, especially wildlife.
      Thanks for the comment. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  26. what a great idea eileen!! both sharing images from the past and formatting them this way!! amazing animals, critters, bugs and insects...seeing the collared aracari and all of these critters in the wild must have been so exciting!! this sounds like a wonderful trip!! have a great weekend, many thanks for hosting. be well, stay safe and happy!!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie,
      Yes, it was exciting to see all the wildlife in Costa Rica. So many new sights to see.
      I appreciate your comment, visit and for linking up! Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  27. These are all so awesome Eileen, thanks for sharing them with us!

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  28. You have a lot of amazing critters i have never seen before, love all the monkeys and that hercules beetle and this proves what i said on my post this week about palms being the enviroment for birds. all of those photos are amazing showing them living in the palms

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    1. Thanks Sandra! Yes, the palms and all the trees are important habitat for the birds.
      I always love seeing the critters in the wild.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  29. Hi Eileen! :) Lovely post! That Oropendola is gorgeous. I love seeing the monkeys too. I envy you that you witnessed such lovely wildlife!!! :)

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    1. Thank you Rain!
      I do love seeing the wildlife, in their own habitats.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  30. You treated us with a wonderful assortment of critters today, Eileen! That must have been quite a trip.

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      I hope you have a great weekend!

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  31. Fantastic photos. My mouth would be agape just seeing Toucans flying around everywhere! And then I laughed at the named Montezuma Oropendola ...and their nests! Another fun bird and name. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      I hope you are feeling better.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  32. That was the trip of a life time. The toucans are so pretty.

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    1. Thanks Dee!
      We were thrilled to see all of these Toucans.
      Have a great weekend!

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  33. Wonderful memories of your trip and great photos to boot. I can't pick a favorite but the toucan bills are so amazing with the bright colors...I hope one day the world can open up again and you can make that trip back. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks Sondra! I think every bird seems to be my favorite.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  34. I can't even imagine going to Costa Rica, let alone seeing all these creatures, Eileen!! You two were very fortunate to have experienced such a wonderful new world...:)jp

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    1. Thank you JP! It was a great trip, one I will never forget.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  35. Hi Eileen,
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. They are all fantastic.
    Take care and be well
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks Maria!
      I appreciate your visit today!
      Have a great weekend!

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  36. Your wildlife sightings there were amazing!

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    1. Thanks Linda!
      It is a great place for the wildlife sightings.
      Have a great weekend!

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  37. So many great photos...beautiful and interesting.

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  38. Wow! That's almost like an overload of good things. I can see why you wish to go back.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne!
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  39. Those mosaics are wonderful, filled with such beautiful images and even more beautiful memories. I hope you're having a terrific weekend, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      It was a trip for the memory books.
      Have a great day and a happy new week ahead.

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  40. What a fantastic tour, I love all of them.

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  41. You make Costa Rica look so gorgeous. I would love to visit. Love the toucans!

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    1. Thank you Marie!
      I will always remember this trip and all the wildlife.
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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  42. Amazing photos of an awesome place and that long bodies and tailed bird is awesome ~ All lovely photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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  43. Love the picture of all the butterflies.

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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  44. What a great variety of critters!! Hope your weekend is going well.

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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  45. Wow, how exciting! Thanks for sharing these and for hosting the linkup.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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    1. Thank you for visit and comment!
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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  47. Thank you very much for stopping by IRBB to share your link to this post!
    ~Anni

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    1. Thank you for hosting IRBB!
      Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead.

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  48. What an amazing selection of creatures! Those nests are wonderful, they look similar to the nests of African weaver birds.

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    1. Thank you Juliet!
      The nest were cool looking.
      Have a great day and a happy new week ahead.

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  49. All your creatures are beautiful and very exotic to me!
    I admire your wonderful photos!
    Happy weekend :)

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    1. Thank You Ela!
      Take care, I wish you a happy new week!

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  50. Seriously beautiful collection of photos of such varied and interesting creatures. I was quite taken by those elongated nests. So many are architecturally amazing aren't they. To think they are built with a beak. But in this case it is quite a beak. :)

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn!
      Take care, have a happy new week!

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  51. Such lovely photos! It's so interesting to see all those butterflies and the gorgeous colors they "wear". Also, the bird's nest is amazing. . .a lot of work!!! Thank you, Eileen!

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      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  52. After reading this post, I feel as though I have been on a long trip to a magical wonderland, full of critters of all sized, all kinds, all fabulous and fascinating. Thank you for all that you took the time so display and write about here. Wondrous!

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    1. Thank you Inger! It is a beautiful place to visit, the wildlife was awesome.
      Take care, enjoy your new week!

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  53. So many colourful butterflies, we mostly get the monarchs here.

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    1. Thank you Amy!
      Take care, have a great day and a happy week!

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  54. Happy to see your Costa Rica photos, thank you Eileen. Have a great week :)

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    1. Thank you Beth!
      Take care, have a great day and a happy week!

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  55. what cool critters. amazing just to see them all .. quiet moments to take it all in. i always enjoy your posts. i mean i see nature every day, but not ones like you do share. thanks for do that. i appreciate it so much. ( ;

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    1. Thank you Beth!
      Nature is grand!
      Take care, have a great day and a happy week!

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  56. lovely butterflies... various species and varies colors.....

    Have a great weekend

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    1. Thank you Tanza!
      The butterflies were all lovely to see.
      Take care, have a great day and a happy week!

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  57. Such amazing photos, Eileen! Loved them all, and specially enjoyed the monkey's set from Costa Rica. Must have been such a great experience.

    -Soma

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    1. Thank you Soma!
      It was fun seeing all the wild monkeys.
      Take care, have a great day and a happy week!

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  58. thanks for sharing your Costa Rica photos. It's on my bucket list of places to visit for a long time so I really enjoyed getting to enjoy it a bit through your pictures. Hope you've had a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Jean!
      I have a long bucket list.
      Take care, have a great day and a happy week!

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  59. So much to see there. The colours are amazing and that nest is a work of art.

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      Take care, have a great day and a happy week!

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  60. I'll be seeing all of those critters soon. I'm so excited! I love the Aracari shot.

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