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Lunch at stop at Siquirres with butterflies and frogs



Purple orchid   MM

Pachystachys lutea   MM

The Cayman enjoyed chicken wings once a week.   There were turtles in the water too, but apparently they were not harmed.


Anhinga - the snake bird

Black-bellied Whistling-ducks

Lisa and Chris   PC

Orchids   MM

Squirrel   PC

Black River Turtles   PC

Beetle   PC

The Gang     DH


Aerial Tram AtlantiC

The aerial tramway that was set at different levels to give a varied view of the forest   PC

Bullet ants   PC

From the tramway above the forest

Lush vegetation from the aerial car

Monkey ladder

Walking palm develops roots to pull the plant towards the sun

Climbing plants have curling stems - aerial roots are straight

Light through leaf

More aerial roots


Banana packing station   MM

Male and female Hercules Beetles from web

The 'Goth' and a Hercules beetle   PC

The largest beetles in the world are a species of rhinoceros beetles that live in the lush tropical rainforests near the Equator. The massive Hercules beetle, Dynastes hercules, can grow up to 8 inches in length! The males and females are very different in appearance. In fact, for a long time, people thought that the two sexes were a different species. The males are smooth and shiny with wing cases that are a beautiful olive-green colour with large black spots. They have huge, sword shaped horns that can be 2.5 to 4 inches long, growing from their thorax and extending forward in a large curve over their heads. The front of their heads also has a horn pointing forward and curving upward. This horn has several sturdy notches on it. These horns are curved to meet each other and look like pincers. They can make up more than half the body length of the beetles. The females don't have these horns and have beaded wing cases covered in a thick layer of reddish hairs.   From Ivy Hall

Cowboy   PC

Cowboy   MM

Waiting for the boat   PC

Gaudy Leaf Frog - Chris Wotton

Laguna Lodge

Dining Room   MM

From the dining room   MM



The cabins had individual mosaics on the risers to the veranda

The insects seem to be stealing the nectar from the outside

On the beach

Church with no pathway to the entrance

Tortuguero house

Bamboo Orchid

Hammock area - very relaxing



Golden Orb Spider

The male is about the size of our money spider which is about the size of the head on this resplendent female.   The strands of silk are so strong that they are being experimented with to make bullet-proof vests.

    Trip by boat on the canals

More mosaics,  this time on the quay

The sea beyond the end of the river

A termite trail - the insects are moving house

Chris Tarzan

Poisoned arrow frog

Great Egret   MM

Canal boat

Northern Jacana

Capuchin monkey   PC

Spider Monkey   PC

American crocodile   GA

Little Blue Heron

Boat-billed Heron

Reflections in the canals

Waterway   MM

Jorge our leader

Camouflaged bats hanging in a line on tree in Tortuguero  MM

Howler   PC

Jorge   PC

Howler monkeys   MM

Emerald basilisk

The leaf gets nibbled when it is furled so when it opens up there is a succession of holes!

Green Kingfisher

Chris and Gwen braved the zip line  




Madagascan periwinkle used against cancer

Single-engine plane that took the Jenny and Rob to San Jose;  the rest of us followed in a Twin Otter

Hector picked us up from the plane and looked after us until Jorge caught up by road


Birds seen by Jane Moyes

Tortuguero and environs

Yellow-crowned night heron  ( seen in reeds by hotel pontoons)

Boat-billed heron (seen asleep in a clump of bamboo)

Bare-throated tiger heron

Green-backed heron (purply green back)

Little Blue heron  (easy to spot.  Several seen)

Rufescent tiger heron (this could be the same as “bare-throated”.  It was not in my bird book but this is what Jorge said it was called.)

White-collared heron

Cattle egret  (an egret is another type of heron.)  Seen on fields on way to boat for Tortuguero.  Perches on backs of cattle and eats invertebrates it sees moving at their feet.

Great egret.  The largest egret.  Seen on banks at Tortuguero.

Snowy egret.  Very small.  Black legs.  Yellow feet.    Easily confused with the juvenile Little blue heron, but this has yellow legs.

Anhinga (in profusion) – otherwise “snake bird”.  Related to cormorant.  Roosts on dead trees and displays wings in the sun to dry.

White Hawk  (on way to Cano Blanco to catch boat to Tortuguero)

Sun Grebe  (on way to Tortuguero from boat)

Black vulture (in profusion especially in Caribbean lowlands on way to Tortuguero)

Turkey vulture (in profusion as above)   Distinguished from black by grey/beige undersides on wings.

Northern Jacana.  Rather like a moorhen.  Yellow spur on each wing.  Extra long toes to walk over lily pads.  Very pretty when lifts wings to show yellow undersides.

Spotted sandpiper.  Very shy.  Seen dipping into water from a stone on bank.   Elegant yellow legs and delicate stooping way of walking.

Ruddy ground dove.  Caribbean lowlands.  On way to Tortuguero boat.

White-fronted parrot.  Flew in a flock.

Hummingbirds (not identified) in Laguna Lodge gardens

Slaty-tailed Trogon  ( rain forest walk, Tortuguero)- a magnificent red, grey, green bird)

Amazon Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Collared Aracari  (huge bill, yellow breast)

Keel-billed toucan  (bill like half a banana)

Buff-throated woodcreeper  (climbing up trunk, in Laguna Lodge gardens)

? Dusky Antbird  (small slaty grey bird seen low down in bush on rain forest walk.  Also seen by Mary)

Great Kiskadee (large noisy yellow/brown flycatcher.  Seen in Caribbean lowlands on way to Tortuguero)

Blue and white Swallow  (in profusion flitting over the water)

Montezuma Oropendula  (Caribbean lowlands on way to Tortuguero). Handsome bird with red beak and yellow end feathers to tail.  Make pendulous nests which hang from trees.

Great-tailed Grackle.  Noisy crow-like bird which perched with its mouth open

Red-breasted blackbird .  Seen on way to Tortuguero in fields.