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Reserva Las Tangaras.

August 26, 2011

Saw some monkeys this morning. It was just after dawn and I was up at the Cock of the Rock breeding site. A strange feeling, in the half light watching bright red C.o.R. swooping under the canopy, below the monkeys perched in the trees.
However, the monkeys (capuchins) wern´t as excited to see me as I was to see them. They had young with them and the adults came right up confronting me, staring and shaking trees. After a good look with the binos I let them be and went back to the birds – (also pretty awesome). At dawn every morning the “cock of the rock” (name of the bird) get together in a lek, where the female chooses a mate. The males are hopping about, squaking, fluffing and carrying on as us blokes do, 10 or 20 all at once making a big ruckus. A pretty special feeling to witness this in the early morning light, as the mist rolls down the valley below me.

We´ve been here a month now, and I thought it would be cool to roll out a blog. For those who have been to Las Tangaras, this will keep you in the know on whats happening, for those who havn´t been, it should make you suffenciently jealous to start planning a trip.

Life is everywhere here. Yesterday we dug some post holes for a small structure we´re building at the camping area, this morning we had 2 rainfrogs and 2 skinks in our impromtu pitfall traps. Last night we watched as a click beetle crossed back and forward across the floor, 2 bright yellow spots glowing on its back like eyes! All manner of other cool creatures and critters around (saw a “tayra” earlier in the week, its a 1 meter long mustelid!) Other than observing the crazy wildlife around, this is what we´ve been up to.

  • Clearing and rediscovering the “lost garden” that had been overtaken by jungle, got it ready and planted coriander, squash, cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum and more!
  • Clearing and leveling tent sites for  a campsite down by the river, an amzing spot just before the swimming hole with big blue butterflies the size of my hand.
  • Clearing and rebenching parts of the tracks, starting to put some steps into the slippery bits.
  • Making signs for the trails, front gate and entry trail.
  • Making and putting up posters round town to attract visitors to the reserve – had our first couple this week!
  • Taking daily hummingbird observations and Cock of the Rock observations a couple of times a week.

…And theres been hours of sitting in the hammock watching hummingbirds, listening to the river, and relaxing… Life is good.  


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    August 26, 2011 5:24 pm

    Cock of the rock? Is this translated into English by yourself? Sounds amazing. When do you leave there? Still hoping I can make it but not going to get my hopes up


    • September 2, 2011 12:26 pm

      that is their name jess…
      Here till the end of october, like the 25th. Would be choice if you can get here. just jump on a bus…


  2. September 24, 2011 2:50 pm

    Sounds like you’re having a great time! I really miss Las Tangaras sometimes – have you sen any tarantulas yet? Good luck with your projects – Cheers


    • September 27, 2011 2:46 pm

      Seen heeaps of spiders but no tarantulas yet! tips on good places to look?


    • Lindsay Dimitri permalink
      April 11, 2012 4:27 pm

      I saw one down by the river on a sandy spot for future tarantula seekers 🙂


  3. Steve Estebo permalink
    September 25, 2011 12:50 am

    Miss the huntsmen spiders that hang out on the walls inside the lodge! They were very cool in a scary kind of way!


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