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Posted August 24, 2010 by felipedelbosque

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  1. Philip

    beautiful blog!

    my wife and i are arriving tomorrow on September 1.
    and she wants to know if the bosque lodge beaches are a location where turtles nest? she really wants to get to see this.




    • Hi Jeff
      Glad you like the blog. We look forward to seeing you.
      Yes, the Pacific Beach is used by the Olive Ridley, Pacific Green and Giant Leatherback Turtles. It is nesting season and they generally lay over the course of a new moon. Seeing it is another matter!
      Cheers, Philip


  2. We’re arriving at Bosque on 8th November and your blog has become a daily read in anticipation!


  3. Greetings Philip!

    I just came across your blog, as I am researching some things for my own bat- and costa rica-oriented blog. I am currently writing about our delightful trip to BDC last year during the xmas/new year holidays. Anyway, your blog is a great idea and the photographs are gorgeous! (You had mentioned you wanted to do more macro-photography while we were there – well, you’re doing a wonderful job!)

    Take care and say hello to any bats you come across,


    • Hi Christy

      I looked at your site, nice trip reports. Did we talk about bats when you were here? I have been showing people recently the Spix’s Disc-winged Bats in rolled Heliconias near the restaurant. And we have White-lined Sac-winged Bats in a cave on the Pacific Beach. I also have a friend who is a bat researcher in Ireland. Her father has been my friend for over 35 years, Mike Boston, who runs Osaaventura in Puerto Jimenez
      Anyway glad you like the blog.
      Regards, Philip


      • Hi Philip,
        Sorry for a delayed response. Yes, we did talk about bats some. You did point out the palms that the tent-making bats sometimes roost under and the calabash flowers that bats pollinate. The only ones my husband and I saw were around our Lapa cabina. I’m wondering what species those might have been – I have some video but only of their silhouettes flitting about. What species have you observed at BDC?
        Take care,


  4. Hi Philip,
    Came across your blog by accident, read through it and loved it! Good work. I was intriqued with the quality of your macro shots. Can you share with me how you take these exellent shots?
    I recently moved to a small town call Araguari, MG Brazil and I have plenty of subjects available for me to shoot in macro mode. One ant is almost solid gold and from what I found out, very poisonous too. Anyway, I am not having alot of luck with my macro shots and could use a bit of help if you don’t mind, on how to set up for shots like yours. DOF is excellent and your closeups are great.
    thanks for any info on this.
    Dennis in Brazil


    • Hi Dennis
      I glad my blog was a happy accident for you. It is always nice to know people like what I have done, so I appreciate the comments.
      I don’t profess to being a professional photographer. Until a few years ago, I had never owned a camera. But living in a very biodiverse area and always having been intruiged by small things, I wanted to capture their images. I arrived at the kind of images I take through a process of trial and error.
      The camera body I have is a NIkon D200. I use three lenses, 180mm macro, 105mm macro and a 60mm macro. I always use a tripod and cable release. Mounted on the ball head of the tripod I have sliding rack. Mounted on the front of the lens I have 3 of the Nikon wireless macro lights, (SB R1), I use a SB 800 flash unit as the master, and an SB600 in my hand to place flash behind the subject.
      I try to keep the ISO at 100 and start shooting at f22 slowly increasing through steps to f36 or beyond if I can. This gives the depth of field I require, especially as I am generally only a few centimeters from the subject. The variables I experiment with are shutter speed, increasing the strength of flash and ISO if I need to, but never beyond 200, after that with my camera I get a lot of noise.
      So that is it. Just keep trying until you get a feel for the right depth of field and the right lighting. With the SB R1 set up, I can vary each of the flash units so that I can create shadow how I like. Hope that is of some help. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
      In the meantime go to it and I look forward to seeing some of the small things from Brazil
      Cheers, Philip


  5. Amazing photos!! Came upon these blog by chance and loved it. Keep up the good work.


  6. Hi Felipe,

    I’m Andrés and I’m starting to catalogue trees of Costa Rica in German. Later I want to reforest these trees here in Costa Rica.
    Your internet page looks very intersting and I came across an image of Virola koschnyi.
    2 questions regarding this: Do you really think it’s the same species as the Nutmeg? The scientific names are completely different.
    Would you give me permission to use the picture of the Virola fuit on my webpage?

    Many thanks in advance,


    • Hi Andres
      Virola koschnyi is not the same species as the nutmeg used in kitchens, that is an Indonesian nutmeg, Myristica fragrans. They do both belong in the same family, Myristicaceae of which there are many species in the genus Virola. They all produce nutmegs, but lack the aroma and flavor of M. fragans and so have never been used in a culinary sense in the Americas. Here at Bosque we have 3 commonly found nutmeg trees, V. koschnyi, V. sebifera and V. surinamensis.

      Please feel free to use the photo of V. koschnyi – just give me a credit and maybe a link.

      Good luck with your project.

      Cheers, Philip.


  7. Hi Philip! I am a biology major at the University of Vermont and am looking for some kind of internship or shadowing experience this summer. I stayed at Bosque del Cabo last March and absolutely loved it. I am wondering if you or any of your colleagues are looking for an unpaid intern in your fieldwork research. I would love to visit the Osla Peninsula again so let me know what you think as soon as possible!
    Thank you,


  8. hi Philip:
    I came over to BDC from Zancudo for a few days last month (with my husband and father) and had the pleasure(an understatement really) of going on your 4 hour guided walk. I was the–perhaps annoying– guest who kept asking you questions about plant consciousness and the Gaia theory…:-) you gave me a reading list about the rainforest which included Tropical Nature by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata which is now on my Kindle!. Anyway, although i know bats are not your specialty, i thought you might be able to help me out with some guidance or a referral. We have bats roosting in our roof here in Zancudo–quite a lot i believe…i can see many places where they may be coming and going.It’s kind of like having teenagers in the house all over again. They leave around dinner time–stay out all night, return in the wee hours with much banging about and chattering before settling down to sleep–and then sleep all day! When i asked folks around here what to do–no one seemed to have any ideas that seemed useful or humane. Do you know if there is a bat removal expert around here anywhere? I’m not in the least bit afraid of bats–but i’m a bit worried about the build up of guano in the roof– we’ve had stuff dropping into our bedroom from a hole in the ceiling where some wires come through…i’ve patched the hole, but am at a loss as to how to proceed otherwise. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated! I hope you are well. I look forward to returning to BDC next winter!


  9. Hi Philip,

    We left BDC two days ago (already it seems like a lifetime ago, as I sit here in front of my laptop once again). Just before we left, we took one last hike on the Titi Trail. You were off on one of your 4-hour tours, so we didn’t have time to tell you: We saw two ocelots, a family of jaguarundis, and…drumroll…that mama puma with the short tail! Plus seven sloths.

    Not really.

    But we did see a slender anole fanning his dewlap to intimidate us.

    Thank you for the wonderful information you shared with us. We had the best time imaginable. We will be back to resume our search in five years or so, when I’ve saved up enough pennies.

    Kitty and Luka, aka “Bambu”


    • Hi Kitty
      Glad you and Luka had a good time. Trouble with wildlife is that is doesn’t always co-operate with our wishes to see it. But always if you take the time there are a lot of small things to see and quite often they hold more fascination that the big things.
      Looking forward to seeing you in 5 years from now.
      Cheers, Philip


  10. Philip,

    Thank you and the entire staff at Bosque del Cabo for a delightful visit last week. We were thrilled with the scenery, wildlife, and hospitality. My wife and our daughters decided this trip was our best vacation ever. We will be back for another visit, maybe in December next time.

    I’ve just started sorting through the 800+ photos from our time there. There are some good ones, a few of which deserve thanks to you for guiding us to the critters involved.

    Have a great rainy season and do let us know when the book is published. You have spectacular images on this blog and a wealth of experience and observations to accompany them.

    Thanks again for everything!

    Bruce, Tracey, Virginia, and Camille


  11. Congratulations, Philip!

    I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.

    The rules of that award are at


    Enjoy, and all the best!


  12. You really deserve it. Keep blogging 🙂


  13. Ravens going to the Super Bowl 🙂 We have relived our stay at Bosque throughout the holidays ~ educating Washington, DC, about leaf-cutter ants one person at a time. Your tours were definitely the highlight of the trip for us, and allowed us to see everything else through different eyes. Would love to share photos, if you have a preferred means to do so? Cheers, Larry & Julijana


    Larry Helm & Julijana Budjevac
  14. Hi Philip! I’ll be going to Bosque del Cabo with my family this summer for a week. I’m a full time professional photographer and am already starting to fret about what equipment to bring and the weight limit for the flight from San Jose to Puerto Jiminez. In your opinion, if I leave the 300mm f/2.8 at home, will I regret it? I am definitely bringing the 70-200, but I just don’t know if that’s going to be long enough. Thoughts?


    • Hi Wendy
      You don’t say exactly when you are coming but May, June, July and August are not always the busiest time of year. The flights are not fully booked, (generally). The 70-200 should get you plenty of the smaller stuff but you will regret not bringing the 300 for the birds and mammals. We have many photography groups visit us and they bring huge lenses 500mm and 600mm with tripods and all manner of associated equipment. Even if you have to pay that little bit extra for the lens you won’t regret it in terms of the pictures you will take home with you. As you may have realised Bosque is such a biodiverse area with an unparalled amount of easily photographed subjects that your shutter won’t stop.
      Looking forward to your visit, Philip


  15. Hi Philip, good news!

    I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award.

    The rules of that award are at




  16. Hola Philip,

    We are a couple who have been to Bosque twice and have returned there every year in March for breakfast. We say hello to you if you happen to be be around. This year we went to the Caribbean side of CR near Puerto Viejo and saw keel-billed toucans and a number of three-toed sloths (we never see sloths in the Osa even though we know they are present). Just wanted to say how much we enjoy your blog and the pictures you have taken. Lindsay and I take as many photos as possible of the flora and fauna we see (over 2000 photos in two week period this year). Just wondering if you can identify the butterfly provided here with our reply.

    Gracias, Philip,

    Bob & Lindsay


    Bob Baker/Lindsay Firth
  17. Hello,
    I am an IB student in Mexico City, though I just arrived from Venezuela.
    I´ve been looking for an IB chemistry teacher and I found your blog. I am highly interested in IB chemistry tutoring since I´m a candidate for the diploma and my current school does not offer IB Chemistry.
    Sorry for contacting you via your blog, but I didn´t found any other source.
    If you are interested my e-mail is aleyepesg@gmail.com, or if you happen to know any other IB Chemistry teachers that could help me.
    Thank you.
    Have a nice day,


  18. Hello Phil…………My wife and I are prior Bosque customers (Roy Toft) that you have no reason( I hope) to remember. We greatly enjoyed your hikes and help with our photography.
    We now live an hour south of Reno, NV, and are visited most nights by black bears. You have now had considerable experience with trail cameras and we’ve been considering buying one to capture some of our nocturnal visitors.. There are a lot of choices at our local gigantic hunting store (Cabela’s) and I wondered if you have any advice to offer. Some cameras are strictly IR, some will shoot color video. Some have a flash, others use an IR light. What features are important?
    Richard and Donna Starrett


  19. Thanks so much, Philip!


  20. I like to communicate with you by direct e-mail on the availability of images for a book on snakes in Suriname. Would you be willing to cooperate, and if so, can you provide me your e-mail address?


  21. Dear Phil,

    I took a tour with you maybe 8 years ago at Bosque del Cabo and to this day it has been my favorite nature tour ever. I am from Costa Rica and an avid naturalist now living in Aruba, but your 3 hour lecture on the interconnected nature of the forest still comes up in my mind when I am hiking or wandering in the nature. Thank you for that gift, you are very good at what you do.




    • Thank you Susanne. I really appreciate the comment. I am happy that you liked the tour and that it some small way has added to your enjoyment of the nature with which you surround yourself.

      Cheers, Philip


  22. Philip — I have a question about a specific image you shot. Can you please email me? jacobalanrichmond AT gmail.com

    Thank you, and keep up the stunning photography.

    Jacob Richmond


  23. By the way, the photo in question is a peccary skull.


  24. Philip – My mom and I visited BDC almost two years ago now, and we had such a great time learning about butterfly territorial posturing in addition to all the neat things on the (rainy) night hike. From a previous visit to the Osa, not at BDC, I have a pic of a spider that I think is either a wandering spider or a harmless flat wall spider…I’m routing for the harmless option since it was in the cabina we typically stay in on the beach down there. Is there anyway that I could send you the image to identify?
    Thank you – Sue Kear


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