You don't need to travel very far to see birds, the only thing that you really need is lots of patience. As the birds will never tell you when and where they will be. No worries that is why they say: 'Patience is a virtue'.
'The Blinking Third Eyelid' is something that I just 'discovered' recently. After I took the above shots of the Great Black Hawk, I noticed that there was a translucent 'lens' on the birds' eye. After doing some research I learned that it was the blinking third eyelid, much needed to protect the birds' vision.
During the years I have spotted over more than 300 bird species in Kabalebo. As most of them were spotted near the lodge I am always excited when I have to go on a birding trip. This means that it is possible to see something far more interesting and also to update my bird list.
It was a successful birding day with a surprising unforgettable ending.
The Great Black Hawk is a common bird of prey in Kabalebo. It is seen frequently near the river and the lodge. In Suriname it is known as the 'Blaka Aka' which is literally translated from its English name.
When seeing a Lowland Tapir for the first time in your life you usually won't believe your own eyes. Its appearance is already a huge statement for onlookers, but still pleasant to watch them in their natural habitat.
So imagine if you have the privilege to be in the lucky position to observe a young Lowland tapir until he is a grown up. Last year, 2014, I already introduced this lucky guy and here is a follow up:
Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) are the smallest amongst the vultures. As they are no songbirds or colorful birds they are often neglected by onlookers. They may not be able to mesmerize you with a serenade and they may not delight you with 'electrifying' colorful feathers, but they do are useful for the environment.
The Common Monkey Lizard (Polychrus marmoratus) is also a common bush anole in Kabalebo and one of my favorite reptiles.