Unfortunately for me, raiforest conditions are just about the worst for operating my wimpy camera. Between clouds taking away sunlight and drizzle, animals being far away and sitting in a rocking boat, I just don´t have that many great shots to share with you. I will share with you some of the cool things we saw, but please forgive the blurry or flat shots.
One of our first sightings was of the local favorite: Hoatzin. It´s a funky, silly lookig bird, who makes a good deal of noise. There is a flock of about 12 that live around the lodge where we spent our first night. Most were across the river from us, but one came over to watch us while gorging itself on fresh leaves.
Hoatzin, or locally named Stinky Turkey
Also near the camp was a small group of tamarins. They were quite high in the tree, so these were the best shots I managed to get with my super zoom.
This is Lianna. I forget what type of monkey she is, but the lodge bought her from a local who had been keeping her as a pet. The set her free nearby so that she could have a more normal life. I´m glad she´s not in captivity, but tell me that she doen´t look at least a bit lonely....?
|Hanging nests of the Oropendulo|
|Kingfisher (these guys were everywhere!)|
|Turkey vulture, saw lots of other vultures (black and yellow-headed), but this guy doesn´t naturally live here. It was an interesting sighting.|
|zooming out a bit...|
|and a bit more.....|
It turns out that a jaguar had been trailing a group of Capybara. The trail died off in the grass, so we´ll never know how that story ends. We did happen to see a capybara on the shore during our last trip in the canoe! What a nice treat! They´re basically large guinea pig-the size of a medium dog.
Sloths were a pretty common sighting, having seen maybe 5 or 6 over the course of our trip. They basically just look like a big dark lump hanging in the trees, that doesn´t move. On closer look, you can see the splotchy markes on tehir coat. We saw both 3 and 2 toed sloths, though I couldn´t tell you how he could tell them apart fro msuch a distance.