Monday, 3 February 2014


An unusual sight - on the right hand side of the photo you can see the reflective eyes of a Kinkajou foraging on the ground. Normally these nocturnal mammals remain in the canopy.
A large male Paca - distinguished by the muscular ridges along his head.

A herd of Collared Peccaries pass by.                                                                               
An Armadilo comes down to the stream for a drink

A female Paca walks along the stream followed by her young baby.
Agouti walks along the dry stream bed.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Racoon at night time filmed using an infra-red flash
Video of the family of racoons that visit our house every night
 looking for left-over scraps of banana and other food.

The unmistakable tail of a Coati
Coati eating banana skins from the compost heap

Gray Fox - luckily they are mostly herbivorous in this area and don't tend to eat macaws.
Gray Fox at night

Spotted Skunk! When alarmed this one will generally raise it's little tail in the air and then scamper away.

Spotted Skunk

Sunday, 23 December 2012


Night 1 with the camera trap - nothing showed up. Night 2 - Ocelot showed up! Despite this wild cat being found throughout Central and South America; it is extremely elusive and rarely sighted. The Costa Rican name for Ocelot is 'Mano Gordo', which means 'Fat Hand', because of the disproportionately large size of its paws. Fortunately for us this Mano Gordo was very obliging and held up its paw for the photo which enabled us to make a positive identification.

An Agouti wanders past up the same trail as the Ocelot - a perfect source of food for the small wild cat! Agoutis are squat, guinea pig-like rodents which are often sighted in the undergrowth. They eat nuts and seeds which fall from the canopy and are known for being one of only two animals which can open the Mountain Almond - reputedly the hardest nut in the world. (The other species is the Great Green Macaw - the species which we were reintroducing to the area.
A tiny Forest Rabbit hops by! They are much smaller than their European Cousins that we are used to and their ears are so small it is not obvious that it is a rabbit. This photo was taken in the same evening and position as the Ocelot photo, so you can see the difference in size. Like the Agouti, this bunny would make a tasty meal for the Ocelot!