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Felipe del Bosque Blog Dec 12th 2011

Almost But Not Quite

The days are becoming drier, the sun is shining longer but there are still intermittent spells of cloud and light rain.  Although I wouldn’t put money on the fact, I think we have all but seen the back of the rainy season.  It won’t be too long though before everything becomes dry and dusty at which point everyone will bemoan the lack of water, except, of course, the visitors to the lodge.

As You Were

We had Roy Toft’s annual Photographic Workshop taking place at the lodge this past week.  The sun normally follows Roy to the Osa Peninsula and this year was no exception.  The guests arrived before breakfast and before they had time to unpack their bags, the Chestnut-mandibled Toucans landed in a palm tree in front of the restaurant to feed on the fruit. Breakfast was delayed as 8 happy photographers snapped away.  Not a bad start to the workshop.  The rest of the day continued in the same vein with troupes of Capuchin and Spider Monkeys making their way through the grounds.

The next day it was to be more birds in the grounds, and once again breakfast was put on hold as nature in action played itself out in front of the novice wildlife photographers.  The toucans were back in force, as were the Capuchin Monkeys, but what happened next was a once in a life time, if somewhat gruesome, opportunity for the photographers.  We at the lodge are used to the spectacle, but it is a surprise to most.  Some of the Capuchin Monkeys have learned how to catch the toucans and the photographers were treated to the scene of a massacre.  Held in morbid fascination, the photographers captured images of the demise of two toucans that were rendered apart by the monkeys, only the beaks remained to fall and hit the ground.

The next day they were practicing the art of macro photography and once again the wildlife complied.  Black and Green Poison Arrow Frogs were the subject of the morning shoot and in the evening it was the turn of the Red-eyed Green Tree Frogs.  They had a very successful day as the frogs appeared in abundance for the first time in many months.

Philip is a biologist, writer and photographer as well as the onsite naturalist guide at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest lodge on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

www.bosquedelcabo.com

 Photo Feature

Welcome Visitors

The rainfall has been encouraging a lot of insects to shelter in my cabin at night, especially when I am working with the lights on.  I have found a variety of moths on the window screens.  As the rain has been somewhat prohibitive in photographing anything outside, I just took advantage the fact that outside was coming to me.

Unidentified Katydid

Moths are frequent visitors but moths are not easy to identify.  This is one of the Automeris moths.  There are many Automeris species and they all have a common distinguishing feature.  The dorsal surface is muted in color but if something was to disturb the moth, it opens its wings to reveal two large orange eyes spots on the dorsal surface of the hind wings which serves to startle the would be attacker.  However when I tried to solicit a response from this individual, I only succeeded in causing to fly off.

Automeris sp

With some moths I just have to admit defeat for the present moment when it comes to identifications.  Rather I am  happy to enjoy their beauty and the fact that they chose to make an uninvited overnight stay on the screens of my cabin.

Unidentified Moth

Unidentified Moth

I have posted photos of the Rough-skinned Dirt Frog, (Craugastor rugosus), before, but juveniles.  One night as I went back to my cabin I found an adult sitting in the path.  I don’t find the adults that often so I managed to add that image to those of the young ones.

Rough-skinned Dirt Frog

Text and Photographs are taken from the forthcoming book:

The Natural History of Bosque del Cabo by Philip Davison

Temperature and Rainfall

Average Daily Temp High 83°F.  Average Daily Temp Low 72°F.

Average Daily Rainfall 0.46 ins.  Total Weekly Rainfall 3.23 ins

Average Daily Temp High 27.9°C.  Average Daily Temp Low 22.2°C.

Average Daily Rainfall 11.72 mm.  Total Weekly Rainfall 82.04 mm

Species List for the Week

Mammals

  • Howler Monkey
  • Spider Monkey
  • White-faced Monkey
  • White-nosed Coati
  • Agouti
  • Red-tailed Squirrel

Birds

  • Orange-chinned Parakeets
  • Red-lored Amazon
  • Pale-billed Woodpecker
  • Laughing Falcon
  • Black-hooded Antshrike
  • Chestnut-backed Antbird
  • Common Paureque
  • Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
  • Short-billed Pigeon
  • Long-billed Hermit
  • Stripe-throated Hermit
  • Spectacled Owl
  • Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
  • Blue-crowned Manakin
  • Cherrie’s Tanager
  • Golden-hooded Tanager
  • Palm Tanager
  • Summer Tanager
  • Bright-rumped Atilla
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  • Golden-crowned Spadebill
  • Great Tinamou
  • Black-throated Trogon
  • House Wren
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture

Reptiles

  • Cat-eyed Snake
  • Common Basilisk
  • Clawless Gecko
  • Golfo Dulce Anolis

Amphibians

  • Marine Toad
  • Red-eyed Green Tree Frog
  • Black and Green Poison Arrow Frog
  • Fitzinger’s Rain Frog
  • Smokey Jungle Frog
  • Stejneger’s Dirt Frog

Butterflies

  • Anartia Fatima
  • Glutophrissa drusilla
  • Heliconius erato
  • Heliconius sapho
  • Heliconius sapho
  • Hermeuptychia hermes
  • Magneuptychia libye
  • Marpesia furcula
  • Metacharis victrix
  • Morpho helenor
  • Morpho Menelaus
  • Philaetria dido
  • Phoebis argante
  • Pierella helvina
  • Pierella luna
  • Pyrgus oileus

 Plants

  • Aphelandra golfodulcensis Flowering
  • Bamboo Orchid Flowering
  • Black Alligator Tree Fruiting
  • Calabash flowering and fruiting
  • Cannonball Tree Flowering and Fruiting
  • Clusia rosea Flowering
  • Golden Trumpet Vine Flowering
  • Heisteria fruiting
  • Inga Flowering
  • Monkey Comb Tree Flowering
  • Figs Fruiting
  • Mountain Rose Flowering
  • Ox Eye Vine Fruit
  • Stinky Toe Fruiting
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