During our stay at Arenal Lodge we made a day trip to the Arenal Eco Zoo to photograph snakes, frogs, etc. Now when someone says 'zoo' it brings certain images to mind, at least for me, so I had my doubts about this at first. However, this brought new meaning to the word zoo. This was more of holding area for reptiles so that they could cater to photographers. Yes, the photos you get there are under controlled conditions with captive reptiles and some nice setups that make it look as natural as possible, but unless you want to take your life in your own hands it is the only safe way to get photos of some of these snakes, since many of them are very poisonous. This was an optional trip and you could stay at the lodge if you wanted to, but I'm very glad I went. This was all macro photography and the setups were very nice, so you could come away with some photos you would otherwise never get. Since we were at this lodge for 3 nights and 4 days there was plenty of time to photograph the birds and still make this day-trip.
At the end of the trip we made our way back to San Jose with a couple stops along the way. One to photograph some Macaws and then to a river where there were a lot of really big Crocs. Very cool stuff to see.
Of course if you are driving along and spot something there is a good chance you can stop and take photos, like these Collared Aracari we found on the last day before flying back home.
Here are a few other bird photos I've been able to process so far.