Here I spotted Brutus, the tapir, relaxing with some of his Giant Cowbird friends. They were taking care of the tics at hard-to-reach-places, which is everywhere for Brutus. From time to time he was rolling from one side to the other just so his friends won't miss a spot. Extraordinary friendship.
During one of our night hikes we came across this slender looking tree snake; known as Imantodes cenchoa cenchoa or Common Blunt-headed Tree Snake. Light venomous but perfectly harmless.
Most of the time they are lying motionless on top of a branch or leaf, seldom do they move quickly unless disturbed.
Here we noticed that it was already moving to the next level by extending its body to reach the next branch.
The White-bearded Manakin has been active quite frequently at the airstrip edge. Either during the mornings or late in the afternoon. They are either recognized by their sounds they make with their wings or their appearance.
Especially the male has a beautiful plumage display. Black and white in perfect harmony.
Whenever I see a Lesser Anteater, they are always on the move. Either in trees or on the ground. So it is always crucial to take advantage of the minutes or seconds they give you. Most of the time they don't always stand or walk in a position that is great to photograph. So imagine how surprised I was when we saw this anteater in a total rest mode high up in a tree. It was so relaxed that after I took several shots of this rest mode, it still didn't move at all. In the end I even wished I could relax like him.
This Gray-lined Hawk is also a resident of the area. One you can see on a daily basis and one that I never get bored of taking pictures. Today it looked a bit grumpy but since the sunlight was shining perfectly on him I couldn't resist to shoot him.... with my camera.
In the second week of December 2021 I saw this Puma near the lodge resting in the dense bushes. Afterwards I saw him a couple of times passing right in front of the river or near the swimming pool. He is always passing by when you the least expect it. Either right before lunch time or late in the afternoon, especially when it is too hot to go on a hike.
I automatically look at the river side before doing something else or leave and that is when I saw something brown standing there. First I thought it was a deer, but this one was a bit bigger so yes... second thought was the Puma. Excited as I was, I started heading towards the pier while taking pictures. I called the others at the lodge too. Some came looking and others were afraid to go to the pier again alone.
This whole experience lasted at least one minute before he disappeared into the bushes but what an encounter.
Quite a surprise to see the White-faced Saki group again. Usually they leave the area the moment they see me. This group was busy eating Inga fruits and this male had won the lottery. He wasn't very happy at all to see me. And while I was photographing him, I "accidentally" shot a younger male too.
I saw a group of Brown Capuchin Monkeys passing by right in front of me. It isn't always easy to capture one of them while on the move between the bushes, leaves and vine tangles but you just keep on trying. This one looked right at me and I shot this little monkey. I do like the facial expression.
They may be common but still I take pictures of them.