As an intern at Un poco del Chocó, every Monday it’s my task to walk through the rainforest to check and exchange various camera traps. And so it was last week, when I was cheerfully and unhurriedly wandering along the different trails. While I was on the red trail going down towards the river, something suddenly scurried in front of me. It was balancing on a tree trunk that had fallen across a small ravine,...
We made a little compilation of the different birds and mammals that were recorded on our camera traps near the wildlife track. It's quite fascinating to know that all those animals roam around in the forest at night and day, just 50 meters away from the student house. Unfortunately one has to be very patient and quiet to see mammals in the reserve, but every now and then encounters like that also happen.
Generally, the mornings of our Dutch intern Jaimie are rather unspectacular. As he is conducting a comparative study on the attractiveness of wild and domestic hummingbird pollinated plants in the reserve, he spends a lot of time “staring” at flowers and waiting for the occasional hummingbird visit.
But yesterday all this time sitting around quiet in the forest paid off in a fantastic way. When Jaimie was alm...
Last week we had a short visit of a Banded Ground-cuckoo to one of our woodquail feeding sites. As we are monitoring the activity of the animals visiting the feeder we had placed a camera trap at the feeder. Our trap showed us that the Rufous-fronted Woodquails are still frequent visitors of the feeding spot. Other animals like agoutis, opossums and tayras also stopped by for a bite.
To our surpri...
One frequent guest at our banana feeding stations is the White-throated Quail-Dove.
Sometimes it eats so many bananas at the same time, that it can only sit and walk in an unbelievable upright position afterwards.
It's not the best quality, but the first time we managed to get a Jaguarundi on tape. We tried several weeks to lure out an Ocelot with a perfumed sock on a stick. Interestingly CK 'Obsession' is known to attract cats and was used for scientific studies as well. We didn't get an Ocelot yet, but a Jaguarundi is of course also a very welcomed cat in our reserve.
The Banded Ground-Cuckoo and other ant birds know how to prevent the attacks of the army ants. But everyone else who isn't fast enough gets quickly cut into pieces during the daily raids.
Especially the soldiers have very impressive mandibles you don't want to feel in your skin. In the afternoon the ants march back and transport the prey into the Bivouac in long columns.
The Indigo-crowned Quail-Dove is definitively one of the most beautiful birds in the reserve. Best chances to see this Quail-Dove feeding on yellow bananas is suprisingly not the morning but 3pm in the afternoon. Many times it stays for 1 or 2 hours at the feeding station.