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Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Animals, Costa Rica, Mammals, Travel | 12 comments

My Favorite Photos from 2013 – The Mammals

My Favorite Photos from 2013 – The Mammals

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse, animal rich places on the earth. Knowing this fact, when I moved here, I expected to see animals everywhere I went. That is certainly true of the birds in Costa Rica– I get to see, and photograph, a wide variety of birds on a daily basis. However, living in the mountains at a higher elevation I do not get to see some of the types of animals most often associated with Costa Rica; the mammals – monkey’s and sloth’s etc…

This blog post shares with you some of my favorite mammal pictures from 2013. We will start with the most frequently seen mammals, at least in my area – the exotic, domesticated cat and dog. The cat picture below (one of my favorites) was taken one day when I was walking with a friend around downtown Grecia. We stopped to take a photo of this cat and the owner wanted to show us how it could hang on the fence. As I zoomed in for the picture I noticed the eyes, beautiful and multicolored.

Cat with multicolored eyes hanging on a fence

I take a daily hike of several miles and because there is no shortage of dogs in Costa Rica, it is inevitable that I see many dogs on each walk. This dog likes to follow me for a while every time I pass by HIS house, and by follow I mean nip at my heels.

Perro Bravo

Manuel Antonio park is a great place to see some of the animals that Costa Rica is most known for. We recently took a trip there and I was able to get some shots off that have become favorites.

Sloth’s  can be very difficult find and photograph as they don’t move much and are usually high up in a tree and camouflaged with branches and leaves. One of our friends acted as our tour guide in Manuel Antonio and pointed out this very photogenic sloth.

Sloth in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica


MA Sloth 2


Another “Must See” animal in Costa Rica is the monkey. Manuel Antonio Park is home to 4 different types of monkeys – The Squirrel Monkey, Howler Monkey, Spider Monkey and White Headed Capuchin. On our trip we were fortunate to see, and photograph, 3 of the 4. Below are 2 of the types of monkey we saw, the White Headed Capuchin and Spider Monkey – the Howler didn’t make the cut.

White Faced Capuchin


White Faced Monkey


Squirrel Monkey


We have been in Costa Rica for 6 months now and have already seen a lifetime of beautiful birds, mammals, reptiles and landscapes (2 lifetimes worth of bugs, but we won’t mention that). Stay tuned next week for my last post of the year  – the rest of my favorite photos of 2013; reptiles, landscapes and flowers.

Feliz Navidad,




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  1. Great pix, Greg..!

    • Thanks Mike! Sure does help having great models available.

    • Thanks! The cat picture is probably my favorite picture of the year – even though cats are far from rare here. Something about the way he is hanging there…and those EYES. Thanks for reading and the comment.

  2. That kitten photo is amazing!

    • Thanks Emily. Who would have known my favorite pic would be a gato – I am not a big, cat fan. Good luck at the beach.

  3. I love your photography – it is so nice to not only have the time to appreciate Costa Rica, but also to be inspired by the animals here, be they brilliant or scruffy:)

    • Hello Fellow Texan. It is unfortunate that I read on your site you guys make Jerky with coffee wood. I may become a customer as I am a big fan of jerky. Thanks for the kind words about my photography – I am learning a ton and it sure helps to great subjects. Thanks for reading and maybe our paths will cross one day.


  4. That cat is beautiful! To be honest that one caught my attention the most but the sloths are pretty cute too hehe

    • Thanks Samantha – I really appreciate it. It is funny…to have pictures of all of these exotic animals and to like a cat photo the best, but it is my favorite of the year. Thanks for reading and the comment.

  5. Hi Greg,
    Just stumbled upon your blog and it’s great! Especially your photos! Do you have much background in photography? What kind of camera do you use? I’ll be moving to CR in August and one of the things I’ve been dreaming about is being able to document the beauty with great pics like the ones you’ve taken…but I don’t know anything about photography and usually just use my iphone!

    • Hi Allison,

      Thanks for the complement. I use a Nikon 5100. Most of the wildlife is shot with a 70 – 300mm lens allowing me to zoom in from a pretty good distance. The ability to change lenses and “get closer” via a zoom is one of the advantages of a DSLR. I do not have any formal photography training. I read my camera manual and watched some youtube videos to figure it out.

      There are so many photo opportunities here. You will have a blast.



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