Costa Rica Photo Gallery

Birds at Savegre Mountain Lodge, San Gerardo de Dota.

January 2009 -- Digiscoped images by Joseph Morlan

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala frantzii)
29 January 2009, Savegre Mountain Hotel, San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica Here we can see the pale pearl-gray throat. This is a bird of cloud forests. It was fairly common but seldom sat still long enough for a photo. They feed mostly on berries. Females and males are similar with the females slightly duller. I judged this individual to be a male, but I the differences are slight and I could be wrong. This is the northernmost subspecies T. i. frantzi which is confined to the mountains of Costa Rica and adjacent Panama. It is supposedly more dusky in color compared to two other races which extend south through Panama to Ecuador. 1/30 @ f/2.8, ISO 200 Digiscoped with Panasonic DMC-LZ5 Nikon FieldScope 3 / 30X WA hand-held (no adapter)
Joseph Morlan