To celebrate our #FollowTheFrog campaign we invited leading environmental photographers to take over our Instagram for a week. We were honored to have Jeff Mauritzen (http://instagram.com/jeffmauritzen), globe-trotting photographer and naturalist for National Geographic Expeditions, share his stunning photos and amazing adventures on our account.
To see more of Jeff’s work, check out his website: Travel & Wildlife Photography.
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Tent-making bats, hang upside down from a large fan-shaped leaf in Golfo Dulce, #CostaRica. These leaf-nosed bats make their temporary homes underneath large leafed plants, which they use to roost and protect them from the rain. Since they're not permanent structures like caves, they are much more nomadic than other species of #bats. Photographed while exploring #Puntarenas with #NGExpeditions. #FollowtheFrog #IGtakeover
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Female green thorntail #hummingbird in Heredia Province, #CostaRica. Such amazingly beautiful little birds. Fast facts: A New World only species, in addition to nectar they'll occasionally snack on insects and spiders for protein. With wing beats of up to 80 beats per second, easily one of the most challenging and fun to photograph!#NGExpeditions #FollowTheFrog #RainforestAlliance #IGtakeover
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. "Good coffee doesn't need cream and sugar and bad coffee doesn't deserve it." Love this saying that one of our Costa Rican guides onboard the National Geographic Sea Lion recently shared with us. Costa Ricans take their coffee very seriously. In fact gourmet #arabica beans are the only #coffee legally allowed to be grown in the country! #coffeequotes #IGtakeover #RainforestAlliance #FollowtheFrog #NGExpeditions
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Coffee beans dry in the sun after going through #Costa Rica's oldest wet mill. #Doka coffee plantation is a #RainforestAlliance certified coffee grower found on the slopes of #Poas volcano. My personal favorite is their Tres Generaciones #Peaberry. They offer tours daily and while a trip to visit the plantation might not be possible for everyone, the good news is they ship their fabulous coffee out of country at great prices. #IGtakeover #FollowtheFrog #NGExpeditions
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. An endemic 2 for 1. A Galápagos hawk and a Santa Fe land iguana photographed on Santa Fe island. The #Galapagos islands are one of the most unique and special destinations in the world. And for photographers, there aren't many places where you can get this close to wildlife and use a wide angle lens to capture the action. #RainforestAlliance #IGtakeover #FollowTheFrog #bucketlist #Ecuador
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. A brown #pelican comes in for a landing on Bona Island in the #Panama Bay. In addition to brown pelicans, Bona Island is also home to large seabird colonies of Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown boobies and even a few blue-footed boobies. #FollowTheFrog #IGtakeover #RainforestAlliance
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. A saltwater #crocodile hunting in the aptly named Hunter River of #WesternAustralia. Unfortunately we had a lot of #Crocs coming right up to our zodiacs, which most likely means they were being fed by someone. Never a good idea to feed wildlife. And you guessed it, no swimming recommended in these waters. #IGtakeover #RainforestAlliance #FollowTheFrog #NGExpeditions #theKimberley
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. A #scarletmacaw takes flight from a nearby Beach Almond tree where it had been feeding. These exotic trees aren't native to #CostaRica but have become an important food source for these endangered birds. Spending time photographing them was truly a memorable experience and one I'll cherish. Photographed on the Osa Peninsula on a recent assignment with #NGExpeditions. #Rainforestalliance #IGtakeover #FollowtheFrog
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. A male basilisk rests in a tree in #Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica. Also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, this amazing reptile can walk on water for up to 60 feet! Thank you all and especially thank you @rainforestalliance for allowing me to share some of my work! It's been a fun ride. I appreciate all the likes and wonderful comments! Please stay in touch! @jeffmauritzen #IGtakeover #rainforestalliance