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.

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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.)

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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:

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

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

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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.

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

Desi (left) and Lucy (right).

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One of the eagle fledglings hanging out near the nest.

RT9A2850Red-tailed Hawk [Buteo jamaicensis] fledgling.

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3 Comments

  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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