Night Hike Frogs

Last night before a late dinner I took the “Night Walk” which is always a favorite almost everywhere I go in Costa Rica and especially here with the large variety of wildlife! I was the only participant and my guide favored frogs as I do, though we did see some spiders and other creatures, I will just share the 7 frog photos I got which included 3 or 4 new species for me. And thanks to Antonio for helping to make most of these photos! Young people handle cell phones better than us old guys!  🙂

This morning I finally got to go on the rubber raft “Safari” on the Rio Tres Amigos and though not a large number of birds, I did get a nesting Sunbittern! A Rare sight! I will share on some future blog post, but for now, last night’s 7 different species of frogs . . .

The Guide called it a “Green Bone Tree Frog” while online I found it without the green. Boca Tapada, Costa Rica

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Two Frogs

I usually get more frog photos in wet places like Tortuguero, but most frogs are nocturnal and it was very dark & cloudy on our night hike in deep mud (wearing required high boots they provide) and thus I was doing good to just keep up, not to mention trying to make photos, of which I got few!  🙂

We did see a lot more frogs than this, just no photos! Our guide on that hike was a very good spotter named Elvis!   🙂   I can’t use my 600 mm zoom lens in the dark successfully, but did try an older camera with a “normal” lens, but it was no better than the cellphone camera at night, which is what most of my good frog photos have been made on in the past.

White-lipped Rain Frog, Tortuguero NP, Costa Rica
Unidentified Frog, Tortuguero NP, Costa Rica  (possibly one of the rain frogs or a dink frog)

See my galleries of Costa Rica Frogs with more than 40 species, though the “unidentified” sub-gallery is the largest. 🙂  I got a new CR Amphibians field guide, but they are still difficult for me to identify.  🙂  But still, I’m proud of my large set of frog photos, especially several great shots of the Red-eyed Tree Frog over the years!  He is one of several unofficial symbols or mascots of Costa Rica like the below shot at Danta Corcovado Lodge.   🙂

Red-eyed Tree Frog, Danta Corcovado

¡Pura Vida!

All this trip in: Tortuguero 2023 Trip Gallery

Threatened Species Seen This Morning

Brilliant Forest Frog (iNaturalist link) or Warszewitsch’s frog, Rana warszewitschii, is a species of frog in the Ranidae family found in Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, rivers, intermittent rivers, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, and heavily degraded former forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.  ~iNaturalist

Brilliant Forest Frog, a threatened species at Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica

I found it this morning in the “Frog Pond” of Arenal Observatory Lodge where I usually find Red-eyed Tree Frogs on night walks here. (I’m getting a private night walk later this week for photos.) The guys at the front desk had no idea of the ID and at first I could not find it on the web, but they helped me with this ID using one of the fold-out ID charts they sell and I followed up with the above link to an iNaturalist website.  🙂

Sign at the Frog Pond, Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica.

When I did a Google Search for “Brilliant Forest Frog” one of my 2019 blog posts came up on this species I saw at Macaw Lodge which has different hind legs but “Brilliant Forest Frog” is what that lodge staff told me it was. The beige top and wide black stripe down the side are the same. Maybe they are cousins?   🙂

See that other frog with this ID in my Brilliant Forest Frog GALLERY. They may or may not be the same species.  🙂

Or better yet, see my bigger Amphibians Costa Rica GALLERY.

¡Pura Vida!

And MERRY CHRISTMAS or ¡Feliz Navidad!



Rainforest Frogs

I only have photos of 4 species of the many we saw on the night hike at Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, but any frog I can add to my collection is great for me and two of these are new to me. There are about 150 species of frogs in Costa Rica and my gallery Amphibians CR has 33+ species, some I’m unable to identify. Frogs are amazing! 🙂

Blue Jeans Frog, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, San Ramon Canton, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
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Green & Black Poison Dart Frog

We seem to have a lot of these neat tropical frogs here at Banana Azul, one of 7 different species of “Poison Dart Frogs” in Costa Rica. Read about them on Wikipedia.  Or see my other photos of them at Poison Dart Frogs: Green & Black. or my whole Amphibians gallery.


Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them! 

¡Pura Vida!


See also my TRIP GALLERY:   2019 Banana Azul, Puerto Viejo

Amphibians & Reptiles Seen in Manzanillo

Red-eyed Tree Frog
Manzanillo, Costa Rica


Strawberry Dart Frog
Manzanillo, Costa Rica


Black & Green Dart Frog
Manzanillo, Costa Rica


Yellow Eyelash Pitviper
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
In a tree on the boardwalk path to my tent, but they avoid people!


Yellow-headed Gecko
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
At the Ara Project


Emerald Basilisk
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
My favorite lizard. Like a little dinosaur!


Both are part of my larger “Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA” photo gallery

This post continues my report on a 4-night visit to Manzanillo in the South Caribbean area off Costa Rica about a week ago.

Labeling My Wildlife Photos

Some of the books I use plus the internet now.

Before the Yorkin Trip I had four books specifically for Costa Rica wildlife (in above photo) and the bird book, A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica, was the best of those (seen in above photo by Stiles & Skutch, 1989). I am now replacing it with a 2014 book by one of the members of the birding club I just joined, Robert Dean, The Birds of Costa Rica, A Field Guide. It is obviously more up to date and has more birds. This is the second edition of his book. I’ve ordered it from and it should be here by next week via Miami.

Our birding guide for the club and my first club trip, Pat O’Donnell, also recommends an app (he co-authored) which I got for both my phone and Kindle called “Costa Rica Birds – Field Guide” which is available from most app stores or directly from the producers at  It is very good with lots of photos of all the birds of Costa Rica and a filter to help you label your bird photo. I may end up using it more than the book. We’ll see! With my Kindle Fire I have gone to almost all electronic books anyway.

The Panama bird book (in first photo)is very good, more recent than my first Costa Rica book, and can be used as a backup for identification. We almost have the same birds with a few exceptions. It is our southern birds and their northern birds that overlap. Likewise our northern birds overlap with Nicaragua.

The Costa Rica butterfly book in the top photo is very limited, so I also use the U.S. National Audubon Society guide (glad I kept it!). The only more thorough butterfly book for Costa Rica I’ve found is a college textbook for $80+ and I haven’t gone that far yet! Plus it is probably more technical than I want. I just want images to help me identify my photos.

The internet is good for some creatures, but not all. I still have unidentified butterflies and birds in my photo collection! I have also joined some websites or online organizations to help with birding and bird identification, but not a lot of help yet. So please know that when I label something “Unidentified,” it is not because I didn’t try!   🙂

Likewise I have one book on Costa Rica plants and it is about as limited as the butterfly book. So plants are sometimes even more difficult to label and I’m learning that the common Spanish names and English names are not simply translations of each other. Maybe I should go with the Latin!  🙂

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
~Wernher von Braun

“Costa Rica Extra” Sports Tidbits:

Was Recreational Ziplining Really Invented in Costa Rica? Yes indeeeed! No data on whitewater rafting which is also big here.

The most popular sport in the little farm town of Atenas is el voleibol (volleyball) with one high school the national champion most years! We have a park with a beach volleyball court, all sand! I don’t know how it ranks in popularity in the country of Costa Rica, but is definitely popular, especially on the two coasts along with surfing there.

Though el futbol (soccer) is the most popular spectator sport in Costa Rica, el beisbol (baseball) is a close second as is el practicar surf (surfing) and el ciclismo (cycling) where we were just ranked high in the El Tour de Francia. And Costa Rica has the Latin American Champion Surfista (surfer) almost every year!

The happiest people on earth love their sports and recreation and smart gringos avoid driving to the beach on weekends when the highways are literally packed bumper to bumper with Ticos at the beaches! Pura Vida!


“Time is a game played beautifully by children.” 
― Heraclitus, Fragments

Bill Watterson

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” 
― Bill Watterson

Common Rain Frog

Common Rain Frog (probably), though similar to Wet Forest Toad and
Rain Forest Toad. There are more frogs/toads here than anywhere, ID is difficult!
This one from my garden is waiting at my front door! About 3-5 inches, 10 cm. +/-
Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica
Click to enlarge photo.  A third the size of Giant Toad shown earlier.
Why are frogs so happy?
They eat whatever bugs them!
Ribbit, Ribbit

See also my “just beginning” Costa Rica Amphibians PHOTO GALLERY