Iricahua creek & Yarapa River

May 18, 2019 - Delfin II


This morning after a fantastic breakfast on board our ship, we departed by skiff to explore the adjacent forest. The skiffs are truly the ideal vehicle to get up-close and personal with the vast flooded forest, through its network of creeks, lakes, and tributaries. We never cease to be impressed by the extremely high biodiversity, and as such, no matter how many years you spend in it, and how often you get into it, you keep on finding new species.

Aside from the great views of monk saki and night monkeys, colorful and always spectacular blue and yellow macaws, we found a rarely seen long-tailed potoo. Potoos are nocturnal birds, but during the day they are extremely well-camouflaged. Even if you were near one of them, you would pass by it without seeing it. They perfectly resemble a stump from a tree. Only once you have seen it, can your brain pick it up and separate it from the rest of the tree.

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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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