Owls of Costa Rica
Owls are pretty hard to see at night, yet alone photograph. With Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica we have been searching for owls around to country for many many years.
This involve countless sleepless nights inside the forest walking, hearing and trying to spot them. We have manage to image and video all of the resident species of Owls in the country and in this story you can see a few of those images.
Costa Rican pygmy owl (Glaucidium costaricanum) its the smallest of owls of Costa Rica. Its also almost endemic only existing in Costa Rica and a small part of Panama. You can normally hear it calling at down or dusk in the highlands of Costa Rica, like San Gerardo de Dota.
Another owl that can be spot at the highlands is the Bare-shanked Screech Owl (Megascops clarkii). You can hear it calling late at night.
The Unspotted Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius ridgwayi) its probably the rarest owl to see and photograph in Costa Rica. After more than 1 years of looking for the it we manage to get some pictures of various individuals at top peaks of Costa Rica. This particular juvenile was image in the Chirripo National Park.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) hunting at a church bell tower in Heredia Costa Rica. We spotted a couple of Barn Owl nesting on a church bell towers of one of the main cities of Costa Rica.
The image above required tons of setup, from several flashes, camera traps, remote triggers, etc. But I think we manage to get images that really depict the life these owls and how they control mice and other pests of the cities.
The Vermiculated Screech-Owl is also kind of rare to see, more during the day, here you can see it with a bee on its head, which makes for an interesting composition I think.
Mottled Owl (Ciccaba virgata) is kind of common throughout its range. We manage to get this image by using a camera trap near a tree where the owls were nesting.
Striped Owl (Pseudoscops clamator) its also common throughout its range , It can be seen in grass fields or open areas where it nests.
The spectacled owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata) its the largest owl of Costa Rica. You can look for it in the lowlands. Sarapiqui and Braulio Carrillo are good places to start.
Tropical Screech Owl (Megascops choliba) owlets
Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata) owlet perched on the ground at night at the lowlands of Costa Rica