Iguanas in the costa rican rainforest


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Iguana #3 — Costa Rica, 2001

Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 100~400mm f/5.6L lens @ 360mm
1/80 sec @ f/11 — ISO 400 

Usually when one looks up into a tree if there’s an animal present it’s likely to be a bird. Not in the rainforest. The trees are frequently home to iguanas as well and some are quite large. This one was at least 5 feet from nose to tail tip.

No. I didn’t climb a 100 foot tree to get this shot. Though I hate to admit it this was taken from the side of the lodge’s swimming pool. The lodge is located on a narrow ridge and it falls off quickly on both sides. This placed branches which were some 60-80 feet above ground just at eye level while sitting in a chaise lounge by the pool. Several iguana made their home in these trees and I enjoyed shooting them with a 400mm lens in-between dips in the pool to escape the afternoon heat.


Iguana #2 — Costa Rica, 2001

Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 100~400mm f/5.6L lens @ 210mm
1/125 sec @ f5.6 — ISO 400 using Canon 550EX flash @ -1.5 with
Better BeamerFlash Extender

Looking like something from a bad science fiction movie this fellow was encountered on the ground during an early morning hike. I was able to get surprisingly close considering how skittish they can be.


Iguana #1 — Costa Rica, 2001

Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 100~400mm f/5.6L lens @ 360mm
1/180 sec @ f/8 — ISO 200 

Even though these iguana are quite large they are so well camouflaged that it takes a sharp eye to spot them. Usually they can only be detected when they start to move. 

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Monkeys

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