31 January 2014

Travels chapter 1 - Tortuguero

We have now left Islita and have been off exploring other corners of the Costa Rican jungle for slithery, feathery and crawly things to photograph. Robert and Nick (Spade's father and brother) came to visit and we couldn't resist taking them back to Tortuguero. The rainforest was typically wet, and the photos were typically green:

Little Blue Heron perched on some floating weeds on one of the canals.
Chestnut-mandibilled toucan perched in a tree and eating berries in the middle of Tortuguero village.

A red eyed tree frog closes it's third eyelid - the fine gold threads are a nictating membrane, which protect the eye but allow the frog to see.
Ants in the jungle are amazingly diverse - this species is farming aphids - tending to the herds and extracting honeydew as a reward.
The eyelash viper is one of the most dimorphic reptile on the planet. This individual was a pale green with pink patches - compare it to the yellow individual earlier in the blog, or the dark green one that we will post later!

A Boat-billed heron hides away in the vines by the edge of the river.
Cayman, unlike crocodiles will keep completely still when people pass by and hope to avoid detection.
Helmeted basilisk clings parallel to a branch trying to blend in. They will slowly swivel around the branch attempting to remain on the opposite side to any threat.

The famous red-eyed tree frog displaying his full colours.
An anole lizard blends in perfectly with his chosen branch.
Stay tuned y'all for chapter 2 - Monetverde!

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