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Birdwatching at Summit Hotel

Some time ago our photographer Miguel “Siu” spent a weekend at Summit Hotel & Club Golf (, and of course, instead of spending time with clubs and balls, he took his tripod and camera and went searching birds on the trails and forested areas surrounding the facilities.
Suddenly, Siu heard a raptor whistle call that he immediately recognized as a Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus). He had heard it so many times while watching this bird soaring high, but to his surprise this time it was perched on a cecropia dead branch, just looking to the golf course. It only took seconds to draw this large bird’s attention and get a decent shot before it decided to soar to a farthest perch.

The Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) is a large, black raptor of Neotropical forests. It has a prominent crest, is blackish with narrow white barring below, and broad gray bars on the tail. This hawk-eagle occurs in both open and dense forests. Individuals often soa…

Nocturnal Macro Adventure - Featured species: Fleischmann's Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni) pt.2

We continue our macro journey with a set of photos by Julio Abdiel Gonzalez. As you may notice, when we go out on these photo tours, we share our subjects but it’s interesting that as animals move we almost always get different shots from each other. That’s how we work, we capture the photos in their natural habitats, as found in their natural settings, and minimal staging or manipulation. 

Fleischmann's Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni)

Circket (Gryllidae)
More than 900 species of crickets are described; the Gryllidae are distributed all around the world except at latitudes 55° or higher, with the greatest diversity being in the tropics. They occur in varied habitats from grassland, bushes, and forests to marshes, beaches, and caves. Crickets are mainly nocturnal, and are best known for the loud, persistent, chirping song of males trying to attract females, although some species are mute.

Harvestman or Daddy Longlegs (Cosmetidae)

Harvestman eating a termite
Harvestment possess fangs too short or a mouth too round and small to bite a human, so are not dangerous.
  Cockroach (Blattodea) and Tick (Ixodoidea)

Tree Cricket (Oecanthinae) nymph
Tree crickets are omnivorous, and are known to feed on plant parts, other insects such as Sternorrhyncha, and even fungi.

Jumping Spider (Colonus sylvanus) - ♀

Grasshopper (Caelifera)
The grasshoppers' head bears a large pair of compound eyes which give all-round vision, three simple eyes which can detect light and dark, and a pair of thread-like antennae that are sensitive to touch and smell. The downward-directed mouthparts are modified for chewing and there are two sensory palps in front of the jaws.

Anole lizard (Anolis)

Orb-weaver Spider (Eriophora)

Butterfly (Lepidoptera)
In most families of butterfly the antennae are clubbed, unlike those of moths which may be threadlike or feathery. The long proboscis can be coiled when not in use for sipping nectar from flowers. Their heads are small and dominated by the two large compound eyes. These are capable of distinguishing flower shapes or motion but not for clearly viewing distant objects.