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Juvenal Black Ctenosaur

These little (and not-so-little) guys are plentiful here in Costa Rica. Was kind of thrilled to shoot pics of a lizard with “saur” in its name. 😉

Juvenal Black Ctenosaur

Juvenal Black Ctenosaur

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Even More Fiery-billed Aracaris

Damn these are photogenic birds. Glad we have a papaya plant on the Zumaloft grounds whose fruits are ripe and that they clearly love. There is a pair of these birds that come by for chunks of papaya at least twice every day. And check out that crazy tongue in the last shot!

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #1

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #1

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #6

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #6

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #5

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #5

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #4

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #4

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #3

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #3

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #2

Fiery-billed Aracari in Costa Rica Jan 2 2018 #2

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Great-tailed Grackle Drinking Water by the Pool

This Great-tailed Grackle comes by regularly in the mornings at Zumaloft to sip some of the pool water (which is not chlorinated, but uses some sort of mild salts). This picture brings out some of the underlying colour in the feathers of what is otherwise seen as a “black” bird.

Great-tailed Grackle Drinking Water by the Pool

Great-tailed Grackle Drinking Water by the Pool

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Yellow Warbler

There are lots of little yellow birds here in Costa Rica, and this Yellow Warbler is one of them. They usually flit about everywhere, so am glad this one stayed still long enough for me to get one single, good shot with my camera.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Shot on the grounds of Zumaloft, near Montezuma, Costa Rica.

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Great-tailed Grackle on Tree Branch

Even the “blackbirds” are fancy here in Costa Rica. 😉

Great-tailed Grackle on Tree Branch

Great-tailed Grackle on Tree Branch

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Fiery-billed Aracari

This toucan-related bird visited the ground of Zumaloft today, eating some of the ripened papaya straight from a plant. A very photogenic bird.

Fiery-billed Aracari #1 - Dec 29 2017

Fiery-billed Aracari #1 – Dec 29 2017

Fiery-billed Aracari #2 - Dec 29 2017

Fiery-billed Aracari #2 – Dec 29 2017

Fiery-billed Aracari #3 - Dec 29 2017

Fiery-billed Aracari #3 – Dec 29 2017

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Coastline and Surf by Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

Rough Surf at Base of Dunluce Castle

Rough Surf at Base of Dunluce Castle

Coastline as Seen Through a Ruin Window, East of Dunluce Castle

Coastline as Seen Through a Ruin Window, East of Dunluce Castle

Coastline Detail, East of Dunluce Castle

Coastline Detail, East of Dunluce Castle

Coastline as Seen Through a Ruin Window, East of Dunluce Castle

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Coastline Arch Detail, West of Dunluce Castle

Coastline Arch Detail, West of Dunluce Castle

Coastline and Surf Immediately West of Dunluce Castle

Coastline and Surf Immediately West of Dunluce Castle

Coastline and Rough Surf, West of Dunluce Castle

Coastline and Rough Surf, West of Dunluce Castle

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Ruins of Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle Panorama #1

Dunluce Castle Panorama #1

Overview of the Ruins, Dunluce Castle

Overview of the Ruins, Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle Ruins #1

Dunluce Castle Ruins #1

Ruin Detail #1, Dunluce Castle

Ruin Detail #1, Dunluce Castle

Manor Window, Dunluce Castle

Manor Window, Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle Ruins #3

Dunluce Castle Ruins #3

Dunluce Castle Ruins #4

Dunluce Castle Ruins #4

Dunluce Castle Ruins #6

Dunluce Castle Ruins #6

Dunluce Castle Ruin and Airplane Contrail

Dunluce Castle Ruin and Airplane Contrail

View of Ruin Through Arch, Dunluce Castle

View of Ruin Through Arch, Dunluce Castle

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Toronto International Air Show 2017

This was a tricky airshow to shoot, as the overcast skies meant that there was often little contrast between the skies and the airplane(s) I was trying to shoot pictures of. Much tweaking needed to be done in LightShop for many of these images in order to bring out detail but also keeping noise to a minimum. All pics shot using the trusty Olympus E-620 with the fast 200mm lens.

Pictures are arranged in the order the airplanes appeared in the show, and their names are derived directly from the emailed show schedule for the day courtesy of cias.org.

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours and the CN Tower

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours and the CN Tower

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

CF-18 Hornet in Canada 150 Colours

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

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Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Mike Wiskus & Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Sikorsky Helicopter

Sikorsky Helicopter

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

Gordon Price in the YAK-50

USAF F-22 Flying by Peace Statue on CNE Grounds

USAF F-22 Flying by Peace Statue on CNE Grounds

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22

USAF F-22 & P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight

USAF F-22 & P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight

USAF F-22 & P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight

USAF F-22 & P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight

Boeing B75N-1 -Stearman Bi-Plane

Boeing B75N-1 – Stearman Bi-Plane

Beech 3NM Expeditor

Beech 3NM Expeditor

As I was taking the last photo rain began to fall, which quickly led to a downpour. After about a half-hour the skies cleared again, but by that time I was across the CNE grounds, so that was it for me, until next year!

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Visit to Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo

It was very crowded the day we visited Sumida Aquarium, so I didn’t have the luxury of having enough room or time to take some of the pics I would have wanted to take, but some did turn out alright:

Jellyfishes at the Sumida Aquarium #1

Jellyfishes at the Sumida Aquarium #1

Jellyfishes at the Sumida Aquarium #2

Jellyfishes at the Sumida Aquarium #2

Jellyfishes at the Sumida Aquarium #3

Jellyfishes at the Sumida Aquarium #3

Translucent Shrimp on Green Plants at the Sumida Aquarium

Translucent Shrimp on Green Plants at the Sumida Aquarium

Penguin Display at the Sumida Aquarium

Penguin Display at the Sumida Aquarium

Penguins at the Sumida Aquarium

Penguins at the Sumida Aquarium

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