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I just got back from a 5-week trip to Panama and Costa Rica. I hadn't done much shooting in the last four years (aside from work), so I needed some quality time away. I also haven't used my D800 for anything except events, so I really wanted to test it out. Anyway, these are some of the snakes I found:


A golden eyelash pit viper (oropel) in Cahuita, Costa Rica (Caribbean) -- D800, 150mm

A side-striped palm pit viper (lora venenosa) sunning on a rock beside a river in the Fortuna cloud forest, Panama -- D800, 100-300mm @300mm

A heavily-cropped front view (switched from 300mm to 24-70mm). I was pretty upset I didn't have my tripod and 150mm; the angles were a bit awkward, and handholding got a bit shaky.



May 28, 2014 at 03:57 AM
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A fast-moving parrot snake (lora falsa) in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica -- D800, 150mm


... and another shot -- D800, 150mm


A big, green eyelash viper (bocaracá) in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica -- D800, 150mm

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A hog-nosed viper (tamagá) in Tirimbina Reserve, La Virgen (Sarapiqui), Costa Rica -- D800, 150mm


A focus-stack of the viper -- D800, 150mm

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May 28, 2014 at 03:57 AM
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All in Tirimbina Reserve, La Virgen, Costa Rica:

A teeny tiny litter snake (about 5 inches long, if that) -- D800, 150mm


A much bigger litter snake (elegant litter snake, I think) -- D800, 150mm


...from above -- D800, 150mm



May 28, 2014 at 03:58 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Snakes of Central America


TFS. Nice variety


May 28, 2014 at 04:14 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Snakes of Central America


Don, Good to see you back and in one piece
Awesome set of some "killer" vipers. I hope there's
more to come… dart frogs, etc.

-Tim



May 28, 2014 at 05:13 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Snakes of Central America


a very nice set of snakes Don


May 28, 2014 at 07:50 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Snakes of Central America


What a great set! The only snakes I saw in Costa Rica were at a snake "farm". I assume you were out looking for them.


May 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Snakes of Central America


Wow these are sweet and spicy! A moving snake is not an easy target either. Love the colors and textures.
That Hognose is ominous looking
The yellow and lime greens are awesome!

Thanks for sharing, glad it was you not me

Karl



May 28, 2014 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Snakes of Central America


Thanks everyone.

I was specifically looking for snakes in some places, like along the Caribbean, and in Sarapiqui area. Other places, they were just a pleasant surprise. I noticed the side-striped palm pit viper while I was taking pictures of the river. I'd never seen one in the wild, so it was really cool.

The parrot snake was constantly moving through some vegetation, so I had to snap when I could. On the other end of the spectrum, the hog-nosed viper didn't move an inch for at least two days. That's the difference between colubrids and vipers.



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tfoltz wrote:
Don, Good to see you back and in one piece
Awesome set of some "killer" vipers. I hope there's
more to come… dart frogs, etc.

-Tim


I'll try to post some more shots soon; there will be some frogs in there.



May 28, 2014 at 04:09 PM
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Very well done Don. I enjoyed all of these ~ Ron


May 28, 2014 at 09:20 PM
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I'm glad I didn't see these shots before visiting Manuel Antonio in my sandals! Nice photos!


Jun 20, 2014 at 01:15 PM
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Eek, snakes!


Jun 20, 2014 at 02:39 PM
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Awesome series!


Jun 22, 2014 at 01:59 AM
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megsdad wrote:
I'm glad I didn't see these shots before visiting Manuel Antonio in my sandals! Nice photos!


Funny story:

When I was in La Virgen, I was speaking with a security guard at the Tirimbina reserve. He told me that if I was tired, I could just take a nap under a tree in the park. I showed him a photo of the hognose viper I found, and told him about a fer-de-lance that was hanging out near an observation platform. He cringed and told me I shouldn't take any naps in the park.

I've seen snakes around banana trees more than anything else, but they're usually harmless colubrids, like racers. Still, the only nap I took was on a beach in Panama.



Jun 22, 2014 at 07:27 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Snakes of Central America


Nice shots. The green captures are stunning. I am from Panama. Were you in Boquete?


Aug 30, 2014 at 06:58 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Snakes of Central America


Well done, the second is my pick

Morirs



Aug 30, 2014 at 01:39 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Snakes of Central America


Amazing set ! I knew Costa Rica has a wonderful variety of wildlife, but never knew there were so many dangerous snakes as the fer-de-lance is usually what is talked about .

Look forward to more .

Birdie



Aug 30, 2014 at 03:43 PM





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