Belluda & Dorado River

May 23, 2019 - Delfin II


Today we started to get into even more remote areas to explore. Even though we found many beautiful things today, definitely and by far the best sighting today was a female southern tamandua anteater. We surprised the tamandua as it was moving fairly low through the forest and close to the water. Tamanduas are not fast moving or agile animals, and though this one did its best to get away from at us, to our luck we found it in an area with scattered small trees. As the tamandua gained in elevation and tried to make into the nearby thicker forest, it made the mistake of using a branch that was too weak for its weight. The branch broke, and it ended up falling into the water.

Finally it managed to get a hold of another tree, and this time more carefully it made it’s way to the secure high canopy—but not after it had put a nice show for all of us, and we all had seen it very well!

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José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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