Birds! and other creaturesHere at Kekoldi, we have two species of the small, colorful frogs commonly known as poison dart frogs, in genus Dendrobates. We've heard conflicting stories about these guys: some people swear they can be deadly, others say just mildly irritating to the skin, and one person even mentioned licking one with no results. The general consensus seems to be that the more deadly species in this genus live in other countries. They're both very attractive, ranging in size from dime to half-dollar (different individuals of different sizes; the red frogs tend to be smaller than the green-and-black ones), and tough to photograph since they don't stay still for long.
|Dendrobates pumilio. Elsewhere in the country, this one has blue legs.|
They transport their tadpoles on their backs, which is amazing to see.
|Dendrobates auratus. These seem to vary substantially in pattern|
by individual. Some days, we seem to only see this species,
other days, only the red ones.
Another species pair we have is the white-collared manakin and red-capped manakin. These are in the same family, Pipridae, but different genera--there are manakin species throughout Central and South America. We've posted photos of each of these species, but this photo shows the two brilliantly colored males, caught the same hour, together. (The females are very pretty too: olive green in each.)
|Left: Manacus candei; right: Pipra mentalis. |
Yes, they really are that brightly colored.
|Our co-volunteer Aaron, during our weekly Monday parrot count.|
Aaron just left for a neat new Oregon state government job.
|We did finally manage to go hiking that day in Cahuita.|
|One of the boat-billed heron parents has finally finished |
brooding its chick, and enjoys some preening time to itself.
|This nesting violet-crowned woodnymph doesn't have that luxury.|
Notice we don't yet have any photos of food...which seems to be a popular topic. We'll get started on taking some. We've already got a list of some of the most interesting things we've eaten so far.