Costa Rican Monkey (Photo of the Day)

Costa Rican Monkey

Where: Montezuma, Costa Rica

I was having breakfast and thinking about the day I’d soon be spending at the Montezuma beach when, all of a sudden, this cute monkey showed up and began to play.

I must admit that I enjoyed watching the show; it’s not everyday that I get to see a monkey swinging on a tree! It was not easy to get a photo, however; most I took were blurry due to his/her fast movement. Fortunately, I was able to sneak a few, including this one.

White-Headed Capuchin, Montezuma, Costa Rica. Photo: (c) L Egle, 2011. All rights reserved.

What: a White-Headed Capuchin

I believe that this is a white-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus)–a medium-sized New World monkey. At least, that’s what a Google search and Wikipedia told me. I also read that this is a super intelligent monkey that is sometimes trained to help paraplegic individuals.

What Else: Longevity

These monkeys live long lives, up to and over 50 at times.

Photographic Details:

F stop: 5.6
Focal length: 28.8mm
Exposure time: 1/100th of a second
ISO: Not available, but I suspect it was 400 due to a certain amount of ‘noise’
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix E900 (my first digital camera, which I’ve since replaced with an Olympus X-Z 1)

Your Experience?

Have you seen or heard monkeys while traveling? If so, where were you? What did you think of them? Were you able to get a good photo? If so, what sort of settings did you use? Did you have a really fast telephoto lens?

If you’ve never seen a monkey (outside of a zoo), would you like to?

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7 Responses to Costa Rican Monkey (Photo of the Day)
  1. Lindsay Hartfiel
    February 5, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    Love this photo!! I lived in Samara…just a few hours north of Montezuma and I was surrounded by howler monkeys! You could hear their deep bellow echo throughout the town. It was neat to see them occasionally crossing the rooftops of buildings directly on the beach!

    • CB Driver
      February 5, 2012 | 10:39 pm

      Hi, Lindsay. Thanks–happy you like it! Wild that you lived in CR and saw/heard he howlers in town. I’ve hear them before and found it beautiful and haunting at the same time. How cool!

  2. Will - My Spanish Adventure
    February 6, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    Fantastic shot! He looks very cheeky indeed! So jealous of your Central American wanderings…
    Will – My Spanish Adventure recently posted..My Spanish Lovers: Gee Cassandra! What’s with the Spanish?My Profile

    • CB Driver
      February 6, 2012 | 7:37 pm

      Hola, Will. Gracias…glad you like the photo. He does look a bit cheeky–LOL. Re: the wanderings….I have yet to visit Honduras. We’ll see… :)

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    February 6, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    He’s soooo cute!

    • CB Driver
      February 6, 2012 | 7:32 pm

      Thanks, Andi! Or I should say that ‘he’ says thanks, right? LOL :)

  4. Rose
    February 9, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    So adorable!

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