Another happy VENT group - Thank you Jeri Langham for another successful VENT group at Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge. It seems to just keep getting better for Dr. Langham, who broke his bird species total for Tranquilo Bay with 250+ species being seen. Not an easy record to break for someone leading their 11th tour at the lodge. Thank you Jeri for your constant support and mentorship of our entire staff here at TB. Hasta Pronto Amigo. 📷: Jim Kimball
2 4326 June, 2019
Finishing up the last of the day's great light at the tower is a wonderful way to watch the evening avian commute. You have the opportunity to see the "buena vista" of the archipelago and the gorgeous Caribbean waters along with the birds as they head home. You are welcome to join us anytime. We would love to have you here. 📷: @lehacher & @bebs.holman
1 5723 June, 2019
This picture is a common scene in a tropical forest. It is a beautiful way to show the cycle of life. Some times the cycle completes as fast as a lizard catching a fly, or other times slowly like this strangler fig (Ficus sp) killing the host, a process that takes years.
The life of this plant starts in the canopy of the forest, and slowly its roots grow down, hugging the host plant, on their way to the forest floor. Eventually the strangler fig grows enough to kill the host tree. After the host tree dies it turns into a home for many species of animals and the fruit of the fig trees are also visited by a variety of species of birds and mammals.
2 5222 June, 2019
#Repost I had time to capture exactly ONE FRAME of this incredible green ibis this morning. I’m really glad it turned out!
1 4221 June, 2019
While you read this, I should be on vacation in the great state of Texas, drinking beer and cutting grass.
3 3420 June, 2019
While on a search for a calling frog, I stumbled across this prickled beauty! This Battus belus caterpillar, which will grow into the Battus Swallowtail (or Midnight Swallowtail) feeds on leaves of the Aristolochia pipevine which is incorporated into their bodies, thus making them and their resulting butterfly poisonous. The spines on the caterpillar are daunting enough that I wouldn't take any chances and so kept a respectful distance.
But what fun, taking your time exploring the moist leaf litter and twigs and happening across something so beautiful and complex as this stunning creature! The more you look, the more you see..that's what I tell all my guests when we tromp through this magnificently biodiverse rainforest.
3 4520 June, 2019
#Repost Female Blue Dacnis feeding on miconia berries. This tree is a magnet for a variety of fruit-eating birds at Tranquilo Bay Ecolodge @tranquilobay in Bocas del Toro, Panama. One of the first images I’ve taken with the new Olympus E-M1x camera @esolympus 📷: @ignacio_yufera
2 6419 June, 2019
Natalia captured the action around this torch ginger one day while walking about the lodge. It is amazing what one can see when we just stop and pay attention.
2 3217 June, 2019
This is the Adorned Graceful Brown Snake, which is a name I really get a kick out of. I can see why someone went out of their way in naming this small snake native to Central America and Colombia, being that its markings really are a beautiful adornment. Graceful? Well I think all snakes are pretty darn graceful so that could work too. But "Brown" kind of brings it back down a notch!
Nevertheless, this is a beautiful, slender snake that I've come across a couple times moving across the ground through the grass. What I liked about this one was that it was very patient as I crawled closer and closer to get a good photo and stayed still while I focused and made some shots. It's not every day you get a photo of a snake that isn't its backend as it slips into the underbrush!
2 5116 June, 2019
Boat Ride to Swans Cay. The only way to visit Swan´s Cay is on a boat and that enhance the experience of visiting this jungly rocks, mile and a half offshore, where the Red-billed Tropicbirds nest, being the only known nesting colony in Panamá.
📷: Ramon Fernandez Frances