The Creatures of the Night
Nocturnal Photography, although very challenging can ve also very rewarding.
Not only is the time where a lot of strange and cryptic animals are most active, but in terms of photography, the creative freedom that you have with the lights and the shadows is awesome.
Next time you are in the forest, try to go at night to see what you can find. You will definitely learn something new from the experience.
Glass Frog inside a Bromelia. This little frogs are very hard to spot
Tarantulas and other spiders can be found nearby dead or fallen trees. They are 100% not aggressive but can be hard to photograph. They don’t like to stay put for a very long time.
Common Long-tongued Bat(Glossophaga soricina) visiting an orchid flower. A multi-flash setup and a wide angle lens was use to get this one. The bats normally visit the flower every 20 to 30 minutes.
Corteza Amarilla(Tabebuia ochracea) flowering trees under the stars. These trees only flower in a specific time of the year, but when they do, they are quite a spectacle.
Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) are one of the most emblematic animals of Costa Rica. They are mostly nocturnal, but can be found during the day sleeping under leaves. This one became active as soon as the rain started pouring in.
Mexican Mouse Opossum (Marmosa mexicana) catching a cricket at night over a river at the low lands of Costa Rica. The opossum was using the vine to cross the river. We where able to get this image with the help of a camera trap system and several flashes.
This is why they are call Glass frogs!.
The Silky anteater(Cyclopes didactylus) is one of the most cryptic mammals of the rainforest. They sleep during the day and are only active at night and are mostly arboreal. A camera trap was also use to get this image.
Hognosed pitviper(Porthidium nasutum) in the rain. Almost all the snakes that you could encounter on the rainforest and not aggressive and they just want to be left alone.
This one was quietly waiting in a fallen tree during one of those nights.
Savage’s Thin-toed Frog (Leptodactylus savagei) waiting for a midnight snack.
Mexican Mouse Opossum (Marmosa mexicana) with a half eating cricket.
Honduran white tent bat (Ectophylla alba) in flight at Guapiles, Costa Rica.