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Tales from Turrialba

black river turtles
the only wild turtles we managed to see in CR
but look at his little snout and long sassy neck, how could we refuse that?

black river turtles

the only wild turtles we managed to see in CR

but look at his little snout and long sassy neck, how could we refuse that?

Oh and these chappies :)

They make monstrous grunting noises, like a belching Cyclops from the pitts of hell and sit slumped like hairy lumps in the branches. A troop were bickering in the canopy above us as we sailed through the canals of Tortuguero National Park in our little powerboat.

PMA with Alejandra
Eyelash pit viper. Quite venomous but lovely.

Night Frogs

Our evening turtle walk in Tortuguero led to some suprising results. The infamous red-eyed tree frog was among the many kooky treasures glimpsed in the dark undergrowth. Many tarantulas, grasshoppers, beetles and a possible bullet ant in the rainforest - but no leatherback turtles on the beach, despite a long and very sandy search, just a deep trench left from a previous nesting visit.

The capuchin monkeys of Tortuguero

Darting through the trees like sneaky little ninjas. Took me a million fails to get these photos - and they’re still pretty poor shots. But they (the monkeys) were terrific.

More stories on their way soon. Finding it really difficult to download my head onto my hard drive - maybe I need a bigger USB.

rshollis said: Hey! sorry only just saw your reply!! oops. Yep, graduating soon but have a job lined up working on a wildlife watching boat in Cornwall (not so sunny England haha). I desperately want to travel around and birdwatch in South America, but am already off to Sri Lanka soon so I'll have to go another time :) Keep posting from the jungle, it's fantastic!

Thats so cool! I really like it down in Cornwall. I’m leaving CR in a few days (:(). I didn’t get to travel around as much as I wanted, but I’m going to be doing a similar thing to you back home, marine mammal surveys in West Wales. Sri Lanka will be so incredible, bet you’ll love it - I really need to go to Asia. I still have tons to write about, never-ending tales to post even after I’m back for sure. Have a great time on your travels!

The plumed basilisk or Jesus Christ lizard (Basiliscus plumifrons).
The crested male was so well camoflauged in the thicket that we barely noticed him as we hiked up past the dirt track on the coffee farm. He has beautiful colouration, tones of blue and snowflake white speckling and a tail that seemed to never end. These are the ones that walk on water - they were doing that in Tortuguero, zipping across the surface like dragonflies. The said creature stood perfectly still, as if he’d been caught staring at his reflection and turned himself to stone.