Bosque del Cabo February 2011 Nature Review   2 comments

Felipe del Bosque Blog February 2011 Review

The start of February heralds the drying conditions which will now continue until the end of April.  February into March tend to be the hottest and driest time of year at Bosque.  Now the forest paths start to really harden and crack.

The amphibian life becomes harder to find, but it is still there.  It only ever takes a shower or two and all the frogs come back for at least a short time.  The butterfly numbers on the other hand start to soar.  If you really want to see as many species as possible, February is the month.

I don’t carry the camera with me when I am out on tour, it would be too much of a distraction.  Of course I sometimes regret this if I come across something I haven’t seen before and don’t get the picture, especially if I know it is an unrecorded species.  This happened last February when I had a family out with me.  We found a butterfly I had not previously recorded at Bosque.  Thankfully the family was carrying a camera and recorded the image for me.  I later identified it as a Hairstreak, (Evenus candidus).

Evenus candidus by Jael Polnac

The same family was one of many fortunate people who managed to witness the Bosque Pumas up close and personal.  One morning while out on the trails before breakfast, an almost fully grown male Puma cub lay languidly over a branch in a tree above their heads on the Bosque driveway.  Thanks to Steve Groselose and Jael Polnac for the photos.

Puma by Jael Polnac

February was also the month when a renowned wildlife photographer, Suzi Eszterhas, came to visit Bosque to assess the viability of the lodge as a base from which to run a wildlife photography course.  She must have been travelling with a great deal of luck because on her first morning, just as she was taking early coffee in the restaurant, a female Puma, mother of the above cub, ran across the lawn in pursuit of an Agouti, which made good its escape into the undergrowth.  Suzi was then left with a fairly nonchalant Puma by the cabins completely oblivious to the clicking of her camera.

Read more about Suzi here:

Puma Portait by Suzi Eszterhas

Puma Portait by Suzi Eszterhas

Puma Portait by Suzi Eszterhas

One of the snakes found quite regularly around the grounds and buildings of Bosque are Boa Constrictors.  Wherever there are people there are boas.  The presence of people generally is accompanied by the presence of rodents, the principal food source of the boas.  Young ones can be sometimes found in and around the restaurant area while the larger individuals are more often found in the gardens and on the forest trails.  This was a small one about 3 feet in length that I found near my cabin.

Boa constrictor

Boa constrictor

I had great fun photographing this orb spider.  I had noticed it over the course of several days tucked away in the fold of some leaves.  Every night, once it had become dark, the spider would emerge and make anew its web.  The problem for me was that the web was very close to the ground and whenever I tried to get the tripod set up so low, if it touched a strand of silk, the spider would then disappear into its hiding hole and wait for about an hour before emerging.  Once I had managed to photograph the ventral surface, I then had to repeat the process with the dorsal surface.

Unidentified Spider

Unidentified Spider

To finish this month’s review, a few more photographs from the miscellany of unidentified arthropod files.  Spiders, grasshoppers, caterpillars and skipper butterflies; even if we can’t put a name to them we can still appreciate them, each one for their unique inherent beauty.  For me, that beauty becomes more compelling the closer I look.

Unidentified Spider

Unidentified Skipper

Unidentified Caterpillar

Unidentified Caterpillars

Grasshopper Portrait

Text and Photographs are taken from the forthcoming books:

The Natural History of Bosque del Cabo by Philip Davison

The Small World of Bosque del Cabo

The Colors of Bosque del Cabo

A Children’s Guide to Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

Temperature and Rainfall

Average M Temp High 94°F.  Average Daily Temp Low 73°F.

Average Daily Rainfall 0.00 ins.  Total Monthly Rainfall 0.10ins

Average Daily Temp High 34.2°C.  Average Daily Temp Low 23.0°C.

Average Daily Rainfall 0.1 mm.  Total Monthly Rainfall 3.0 mm


2 responses to “Bosque del Cabo February 2011 Nature Review

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  1. What a beautiful Hairstreak Butterly ! Amazing colours and a great photo.


    Ron Wilson - Canada

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