Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Robert Lang sent some photos of mammals from the Neotropics. His notes are indented:

I continue a series of photos from a January trip to Costa Rica; this follows a set of hummingbirds (sent 2/2), butterflies (sent 3/1), and primates (sent 4/8). Today: moar mammals.

Back in Monteverde Reserve, we saw a troop of White-Nosed Coatis (or Coatimundis), Nasua narica, nosing around in the underbrush.


The most astonishing set of mammals we saw were a row of 7 or 8 Leaf-Nosed Bats (Phyllostima sp.) hanging on a tree over one of the canals, and looking for all the world  like blotches of lichen. (Thank FSM for sharp-eyed guides.)


We also saw both types of sloth: Three-Toed and Two-Toed (which, despite being similarly sloth-like, are not particularly closely related). The Three-Toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) tended to present as an inchoate ball of fur high up in a tree, but I got a few shots with an iPhone through our guide’s spotting scope:


In this second photo, you can count the claws (which gives the toe count of the name).


Later in the trip, we saw a Two-Toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni).


And then, not far away, we saw a two-toed on the ground, which the guide said was probably sick or injured. It gave us a good close look, and in the photo you can see the greenish collar of algae around its neck and head.

Finally, three snaps from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, two of them showing bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus):

Desi (left) and Lucy (right).


One of the eagle fledglings hanging out near the nest.

RT9A2850Red-tailed Hawk [Buteo jamaicensis] fledgling.



  1. rickflick
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I’ve got Costa Rica on my bucket list. What a menagerie! Thrilling.

  2. Posted July 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Fascinating. Nice pix!

  3. DrBrydon
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Sloths, eh? Must be…slow news day.

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