One of the things I loved most about our weekend experience was all the birds and wildlife we saw there. I only took the little Panasonic camera which worked out well especially since it has a great zoom feature. Without that, many of the birds would only be little dots in big trees.
I appreciate that Linda and Eric have worked hard to make the Rambala Jungle Lodge a safe place for wildlife. The local people look at everything as a possible source of food since that is how they survive, so Linda and Eric have had to put strict rules in place for their property. It is paying off as more and more wildlife makes their homes there. I still can’t quite believe that we saw tree sloths in the trees!
So without further ado, here are some interesting creatures I managed to catch with my camera.
This armadillo came walking towards the woodpile while we were all working on a cabana, seemingly unconcerned about all the people and noise nearby.
These little wasps were building this string next to the wire supporting a hummingbird feeder. I’ve never seen anything quite like this before.
This fairly large and interesting ant is to be avoided because they have a very nasty bite known to bring adults to tears.
This is one of three types of toucans we saw, sometimes all at the same time! This is an aricari, the same type that visited our yard not long ago.
This is a Keel Billed Toucan who unfortunately wanted to hide behind some leaves, making it difficult to get a clear photo.
This Chestnut Mandibled Toucan was a bit more cooperative with photos.
Another view of the Chestnut Mandibled Toucan
Then, one of the Chestnut Mandibled Toucans posed for me on a bare branch right out in the open!
The agouti sometimes show up late in the day to hunt for roots in the yucca patch.
A laughing falcon perched in a tree for a while.
There are many hummingbird feeders everywhere, and many different birds enjoying them.
I like this one with the black mask and long white tail.
Another with the mask, but not much of a white tail.
I kept this photo because I think it’s funny.
Hummingbirds and a camera can keep you busy for hours.
I like these feeders because the birds can also sit on them, so you get to see them still as well as flying.
I went to photograph a flower on the passion vine outside our cabana, and found these really interesting bugs.
Even the flies are pretty.
Pretty lizard outside the main house.
I like this spider web with the lace like part in the center.
A Montezuma Oropendola, one of many we saw in the area. We have the Crested Oropendolas in our neighborhood, so it was interesting to see this beautiful and different variety here.
And last but certainly not least, this tree sloth was in a tree not far from the main house on the first day.
How interesting to see these creatures in the wild!
On Monday we spotted two sloths in a different tree. We didn’t know if one of them was the sloth we spotted earlier, or if they are two different ones. This one was hanging upside down eating leaves.
The other sloth looked like a bunch of fur in the leaves, but it did move its head enough once to allow me a glimpse of its face.
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