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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Sloth Spotting in Costa Rica - Page 2

Written by Bel Woodhouse
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Before heading into the reserve it was time to sit and enjoy a morning coffee and some fruit. Being too amazed at our delightful breakfast companions I forgot to eat mine. They were the most glorious birds I had ever laid eyes on.

 

Red-legged honey creepers would have to be the most stunning birds on the planet.

 

 

Red-legged honey creepers enjoying a fruit breakfast. ©Bel Woodhouse

 

The glowing turquoise feathers fading down to a deep purplish cobalt held me transfixed. What amazing color. I was so in love with these little birds that I opted for photographing them over having breakfast.

 

I didn’t want to leave them but Giovanni smiled and said “just wait, there is a lot more beauty” which had me intrigued. He was right. Just a few steps inside his sanctuary he winked at me then turned over a massive leaf.

 

My jaw dropped.

 

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Costa Rica’s nation symbol, the red-eyed tree frog. ©Bel Woodhouse

 

I was eye to eye with Costa Rica’s national symbol, the red-eyed tree frog, vibrant scarlet eyes staring back at me. Happily camped out under the cover and protection of their huge tropical leaf these two had a large clump of healthy eggs. It was beautiful to see their little froggy family.

 

Walking a little further the canopy closed overhead and the ground became spongy underfoot. The cycle of life was evident. Looking down I could see the leaf litter quickly breaking down to the rich detritus feeding this forested habitat.

 

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The old and the new in the jungles cycle of life. ©Bel Woodhouse

 

Looking up each time we passed under an opening in the canopy held beautiful surprises too. Green iguana’s sunning themselves high atop the tall trees looked down on us as we passed. Not moving, you really had to spot them as they blended in while enjoying the early morning sun.

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Juvenile green iguana high in the canopy. ©Bel Woodhouse

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