It is always a joy to have some unexpected visitors showing up in front of your doorstep. Or in my case in front of my camera.
December 13 - December 19, 2015:
There was a lot of 'twittering' heard in one of the trees near the lodge. At first we saw some Silver-beaked and Palm tanagers, but the real show stoppers were a couple of Violaceous Euphonia's. It is possible that they were arguing or in a courtship. Either way … it was a lovely scene to watch.
It was probably a couple's week, last week: here you see a couple Amazon whiptail. They are common reptiles seen frequently near the lodge, but still a joy to watch.
Another common bird, one that is often terrorizing our fruit trees: a Crested Oropendola. This one was enjoying the soursop.
A small group of Black Caracara's were also present near the lodge. But since they are also birds of prey, ones that steal eggs or take hatchlings from tanagers' nests, they are not very welcome. This Black Caracara was continually harassed by a Grey-breasted Martin.
I met this juvenile Rufescent Tiger Heron on the Beechcraft trail. It was first seen on the trail, but after being 'discovered' it flew immediately in the trees.
While I was checking one of the trap cams, I heard some strange noises above me. It appeared that a small group of White-faced Monkeys were on the move. They were not really in a rush, this one decided to hang around for a little while.
Since there is almost no water in the river, it is now very easy to spot a Lowland tapir near the dry Kabalebo river. I first spotted the Black caracara on its back before noticing him later. At least the Lowland tapir enjoys the caracara's company. It didn't mind my presence as it was enjoying the fresh leaves during lunch break.
Previous animals-of-the-week! posts in 2015: