Masters in disguise!
Can you spot the Sunbittern immediately or do you need a second good look? Sometimes it happens that you 'don't see any animals'. This is because most of them are masters in disguise.
Don't be disappointed when you won't be seeing any wildlife immediately. It is though that wildlife does see you. It takes patience and practice to know where to look for them. That is how I learned too. Here are some good samples why it sometimes looks like nothing is living in the jungle.
This Giant Otter kept hidden under some vine tangles after it spotted us. If it had its mouth closed I would not have spotted it immediately.
This Pale-throated Three toed sloth looks almost like a termite nest when it is not moving.
This is the rare Bobolink I spotted on the grass of the airstrip. It took me several minutes before I spotted this bird as it surely can blend very well with its surroundings.
This small Great Green Iguana can be easily overseen between all the green foliage.
The Crested Owl standing between dry leaves inside the forest. Luckily I stood in front of him, but from the back it would go unnoticed.
Now meet the real headaches: parrots and macaws. The Blue-headed parrots are, seen here, eating the flowers of the Inga tree. If it was not for the dropping flowers and fruits, they also would go unnoticed, because they are pretty quiet while eating.
Common and widespread in Kabalebo, but difficult to spot: the Chestnut-fronted Macaw. Loud and noisy while flying over, but silent and invisible during their break.
The rainforest or the jungle is one big hide-and-seek place for the fauna world. They have to blend with their surroundings to live for another day. So try to make it an 'assignment' to spot wildlife. It will be like looking for some hidden Eastern eggs. Happy (belated) Easter everyone!
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