Rainforest Adventures: Feather and Wing

We’re sitting here at anchor off the west coast of Baja Sur in Bahia Santa Maria enroute to Magadelna Bay, then around the cape to the Sea of Cortez. We’ve begun to realize just how hard it is to keep a blog completely updated when you rarely have internet service. We’ve yet to figure out how to post using the Iridium Go. So I realized that I had one more Rainforest Adventures post in the pipeline and, even though the post is several weeks old now, I want to get this out before we write about our more recent passages.

I’m dedicating this post of photos to my friend Donna over on S/V Denali Rose. Donna is a sailor who is healing from a badly broken leg just now and in spite of her squeamishness about things that slither and have multiple leg pairs, she has stuck with this blog through the adventures in the rainforest. Thanks, Donna!  I’m promising no disgusting creatures in this post. Only pretty ones. I like to leave a theme on a high note.

Here are your pretty photos.

a yellow woodpecker!

They call this lovely bird a ‘stinky turkey’ because when frightened it will regurgitate its last meal, attacking with stench.

Tree bats. So tiny and cryptically colored you literally do not see them until you hand lands on the tree near them and they flutter away together.

Macaw parrots in flight. It’s the closest we got to seeing them.

A Blue Morpho butterfly at rest. These were everywhere, but getting a photo of one with its wings open proved futile.

A cluster of butterflies getting minerals from the soil.

Parrot in repose.

A REAL Toucan!

One of two types of Weaver Birds we saw.

Weaver bird nests decorating this Acacia tree.

Many species of herons live in the Cuyabeno rain forest. We also saw a Tiger Heron but I couldn’t get a photo. The boat was moving too fast.

So many colorful butterflies everywhere.

2 thoughts on “Rainforest Adventures: Feather and Wing

  1. Great job with the photos, even the flying, crawly things were beautiful! Definitely a high note. I’m just a bit envious of the adventure, but not when you describe the “insects not to be named” everywhere. There’s a reason I like high latitudes. 🙂 I’m not used to warm climate crawlies, slithering, whirring, flying, things, though I can slap a mosquito with the best of them.

    Thanks for the dedication. I’m faithfully doing my exercises, and following the doctor’s/physical therapist’s orders so I can return home as soon as possible.

  2. I’m glad you are being a good patient! It will mean you are back on Denali Rose sooner and able to move around more easily. I don’t envy those first couple of weeks on the boat after this injury. I tell you this adventure was worth it, even with the few moments of absolute horror I had to experience. knowing what I know now, though, I might not do it. So it’s a good thing I kept that out of my mind when making the reservations. All I could think of was I wanted to see monkeys.

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