This was taken several years ago, but the Corallus Caninus aka Emerald Tree Boa is still a common snake in Kabalebo. Usually they are resting close to the river but it is also easily missed because of their nice camouflage. This was, for now, the only time that the Emerald Tree Boa was posing nicely for me.
It wasn't easy to photograph this Tropical Gnatcatcher (Polioptila plumbea) as I was trying for years to capture at least one of them. But since they are small active birds during the day and seldom sit still at one place I failed over and over again. Especially since they also like the top of high trees as well. Luckily for me this one was sitting a bit lower and after several missed attempts I finally got my first photo of a Tropical Gnatcatcher. In the end well worth the long wait.
Black Curassows are common birds in Kabalebo, Suriname. You can either spot them near the river, inside the forest or next to the lodge. Since a couple of years we have 4 Black Curassows as our neighbors. When they are living in harmony you can see all four of them passing by as a group. When they are in the middle of an argument and they didn't reach an agreement yet, you can see them passing by separately. I think that happened right before I decided to take pictures of them. It was a nice sunny day and only one Black Curassow decided to show up. Still looking elegant.
The Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) is a common bird in Kabalebo seen near the river. But due to its camouflage plumage it might happen that you miss this bird a couple of times. Especially when they are standing in an environment just like this one.
Even though the Amazonian Antshrike (Thamnophilus amazonicus) is a common bird of Kabalebo, they still succeed in making you put a lot of effort to just see them. Hearing them calling is the easy part. The challenge starts when you want to really photograph them. Somehow they have a talent to go to spots where either the light is not on your side or where a bunch of leaves is standing in the way. Here is one sample of it. Here you see the female Amazonian Antshrike that just caught an insect. I only had a split second to photograph her. Resulting in not a perfect photo but since it was my first photo of this Antshrike I am not complaining, since I am a birder in the first place.
This one was a lifer for me; the Fasciated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum) especially when I was also able to photograph it. I did have to put in some effort, because he was standing continuously behind the rocks. After several attempts and dozens of shots, I managed to take a decent one.
After a long time I finally spotted a Capybara. He was alone, there were no other members nearby and he wasn't bothered at all by my presence. At first I thought that he was alone, but when you look closer, a Giant Cowbird kept him company.
I spotted this couple Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis) somewhere on the Kabalebo river on top of some rocks. Common birds seen often near the river of Kabalebo. Sometimes they look dark when the sun is not on the right spot and sometimes you can see their true colors. They are always alert so whenever you see Green Ibises they will immediately fly into the nearest thick bush. After I took a couple of shot of them, they left the scenery.
This elegant looking bird was seen near the Kabalebo river. The Cocoi Heron, a common resident near the water and most of the time considered a bird that is least photographed. Only when they're in flight or have a catch, they wil become an interesting subject to photograph. I always take pictures of any wildlife, no matter their status.
This male Black-crested Antshrike (Sakephorus canadensis) was looking for his girl. They have been around for quite some time and countless times I have been following them just to get the perfect picture. Most of the time I failed. But he rewarded me this time by coming out in the open and sit still for a brief second. But well worth it.
It is not always my lucky day when I am trying to photograph wildlife. Just like on this day. It looked like all the animals were on vacation 'cause it was so quiet. But soon I was surprised with this playful light that was seen right behind the trees. So all I did was improvise, adapt and overcome.
Photo of the day: this Red-rumped Agouti was seen under one of the mango trees right before nightfall. Agouti's are common rodents seen in Kabalebo. Most of the time quite shy and alert. But if you don't bother them at all and disrespect their personal space they will not move away. There was something about the natural light that made this Agouti photogenic for me.
I spotted this Osprey (Pandion Haliaetus) when it was flying over the lodge. A large bird of prey that lives from fish. Most of the time I have seen them flying over with their catch but this time it was not its lucky day. I am guessing that it is trying its luck at another spot.
I spotted this couple Turquoise Tanagers (Tangara mexicana) in this Cecropia tree, locally known as Bospapaja boom. Their colors is what makes them pop out and make them visible for me. Common birds in Kabalebo but very elusive ones too. Took me a while to capture them.
I spotted a group of Common Squirrel Monkeys 'robbing' this Inga tree. Something they are always doing. I noticed this mother with her baby, clinging onto her back while she was also looking for food. Strong little one as the mother was jumping from branch to branch and was also moving fast.
This Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet (Tyrannulus elatus) looks in this picture like a big bird but in reality is almost 10 cm big. I had to zoom in to capture him. One of the most common Tyrannulets in Suriname, but also a bit difficult to see easily. You will hear him most of the time before spotting him. A small and energetic bird that doesn't like to sit still in one place.
This Tyrannulet is also known as the 'free beer' bird because his calling sounds like he is continously calling for free beer.
This was a lifer for me; seeing the Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) hopping from branch to branch in Kabalebo. First thing that caught my attention was its size and color. He didn't quite fit well with the residents but at the same time felt he belonged here.
Even though he is called the Blackpoll Warbler he doesn't look like one in these pictures. This one was a non breeding version of the Blackpoll Warbler. New bird for me in 2021.
There are some that can't tell the animals apart from each other when they are traveling together. But like humans even animals have their own unique personality. Here in Kabalebo we all know Max, the friendly tapir. But we also have another fellow walking around in the neighborhood. This is Brutus, he is a bit younger. In the beginning I couldn't tell those two apart from each other but when you look closer you can see that Brutus has these 'I don't really care look.' And he always walks with confidence.
This is a male Golden-spangled Piculet (Picumnus exilis). A very small short tailed woodpecker. Often seen near the lodge of Kabalebo. Not a shy bird but rather energetic. I have seen them alone going from branch to branch 'hammering' very light on small branches. Even though it is not a shy bird you have got to have the patience to follow him as he likes to move very fast and suddenly. But as you can see, it was well worth it.
This is a Drymarchon corais corais, also known as the Yellow-tailed Cribo and locally known as a Konkonisneki. A non venomous snake of at least 160 cm long. The Yellow-tailed Cribo is a common snake in Kabalebo and most recently spotted several times near the lodge. It is also one of my favorite snakes. Two toned colored; part brown yellow and black. It is also one of the most difficult snake to photograph in the wild as it is always on the move. Most of the time I managed to take parts of its body, like for instance only his head (picture above).
One time I spotted another Yellow-tailed Cribo near the lodge. It was either trying to find a hiding spot or it caught something to eat. Either way it made this snake make its scale 'expand'. Exposing some skin underneath the scales and make it appear to have a white stripe patron.
I saw this Common Squirrel Monkey out in the open, compared to his companions who were more inside the dense vegetation of the Kabalebo forest. As usual they are always looking for something to eat along the way. By the look on this monkey's face, he wasn't quite happy with my presence .......
..... at first. But in the end he was also a bit curious. How the tables have turned.
For a couple of weeks now there are two young Great Green Iguana's (Iguana Iguana) living in this bush. Too small and to weak to be out in the open so they take their refuge in this bush full of young fresh leaves. Every day I see them basking in the sun and eating parts of the leaves. Waiting patiently until they are ready to face the big world.
When trying to capture something, you always have to keep your eyes open and your camera ready. Some of my subjects don't like to make any noise or even move. This is a perfect example. Between this dense bush you barely can see a visible Rufescent-Tiger Heron. When I noticed him, he still pretended to be part of the bush but at the same time kept looking at me.
Around 2012 I first encountered this antbird in Kabalebo. I was with a small group of birders and Otte Ottema checking the area of the Misty Mountain. I first heard this bird calling but couldn't see it and when Otte told me to stay still and look in front of me, I was at the same time surprised and mesmerized. On the ground I saw this small brown bird with the remarkable blue around its eyes and he was walking as if I was not even there. Since it was my first time meeting this antbird I completely forgot to take out my camera but it was also that I was afraid to make any sudden moves and chase it away.
Fast forward nowadays. The Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza ferruginea) is a common antbird in Kabalebo. Most of the time heard instead of seen. You really got to have a lot of patience to meet this bird. It took me at least 1 hour to take several pictures of this bird. Most of the time he was walking right behind leaves, branches or sticks that were standing in the way. Second, this bird doesn't know any hiking trail in the forest so I had to manage my way through a lot of obstacles before being successful.