Monkey River

Feb 22, 2020 - National Geographic Quest


It was a slightly rainy morning today but actually the ideal kind of weather to get into the Monkey River of Belize.

Under a very slight drizzle with our local boats and guides we ventured inside of the Monkey River. The temperature was ideal, and so was the light for photography. Right at the entrance of the river there were many herons and egrets actively looking for their breakfast, kingfishers flying back and forth, and later, high up on the trees, a little distant we got see and listen to the black howler monkeys with their very loud and distinctive calls.

Half way inside the river we were surprised to find an already bloated dead crocodile, which had apparently been shot dead by a fearful local, and further inside the river, almost at our turning point we got to see a fairly large live crocodile very well hidden inside the vegetation. We could perfectly understand why it was so wary, and careful to try to remain unseen.

A little of a drizzle, but a great morning, full of great sighting on the monkey river of Belize.

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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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