It happens very often that the animals come by to pay us a visit instead the other way. We take a look back, the past week, at the ones that actually 'popped out' from the rest.
April 5 - April 11, 2015:
these lovely animals were seen near the lodge. No exaggerating here!
This Pale - throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus tridactylus) was seen crossing over the airstrip … for the second time. We usually see him resting in one of the trees close to the airstrip edge. Possibly took a wrong leap of faith. After letting him cool off a little bit, and dozens of pictures later, we let him out again. Hopefully he'll stay put.
This was a hummingbird week. At 2 different places, Main Lodge and the River Cabin, we spotted Rufous-throated sapphires in action. Not very shy ones at it seems. I could get as close as 1 meter distance.
Since the Monkey Brush Vines (Combretum rotundifolium) are still in blossom, the hummingbirds kept coming back. The Crimson Topaz (Topaza pella) was surely a joyful appearance to watch.
Interesting news to announce: we spotted TWO (2!!) Copper-tailed Hummingbirds (Amazilia Cupreicauda) close to the lodge instead of one.
The Black Curassows (Crax alector) were constantly seen in the mornings at the River cabin trail.
There are 2 'leks' found of the White-bearded Manakin (Manacus manacus). Leks are communal places where you can find both the male and female. Very agile birds that like to stay hidden between the dense vegetation. They make an interesting sound too: 'breaking twigs'. If you snap with your fingers they will also reply on the sound.
The Cinnamon Attila kept us on our feet as it was constantly flying around us at the river cabin. She was actually busy gathering nest materials.
I spotted the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) on an awkward moment. While I was showing new visitors their accommodation at the river cabin, a Harpy Eagle landed close enough for us to see him. He came by right on cue and left a huge impact on them. The guests were FLABBERGASTED … he was no. 1 on their bucket list.
And finally …… Spotje, the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). She is the youngest member seen at the lodge area. She and her mom, Lotje, were absent for nearly 5 nights. Probably inspecting new area's. For hours we waited and waited for them to come by and finally our patience was rewarded on the fifth night. Yes, still wild cats with a mind of their own.
Until next week then!