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Day 2: Wetland Wildlife Part Four
by Jennifer Spegon -- February 24th, 2010

Wetland Birds

Wetland Birds

Wetland Birds

While on the river we saw many birds; rosette spoonbill, little blue heron, glossy ibis, tri-colored heron, spotted sandpiper, osprey and many others. Along the river banks there were white faced monkeys

White Faced Monkey

White Faced Monkey

and green iguanas.

Rio Iquana

Rio Iquana

The male iguanas sat on branches, somewhat gray mostly blending in with the branches except for their spikes which gave their location away.  The bright green females were not as bold, jumping in the water or quickly darting into the bush as the boat approached.

Three large alligators were sunning themselves on bird island (a nesting ground for the birds of Rio Tempisque) when our boat approached.  The boat headed off one gator as he was making his way to the river.

 

American Crocodile on the Rio Tempisque

American Crocodile on the Rio Tempisque

He spread his feet wide and got closer the ground like Sumo wrestler ready to go-a-round. The motor pushed the boat into the soft muddy ground, so that we could get a photo of this unapproachable scaly massive beast.

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