The water is flat. I expect to very much dislike being on a tiny boat for 3 hours, but I really don't.
We pull up alongside a heron. This happens a lot. There's lots of herons.
This is a snake bird. He's very useful, because he won't hang about if the water gets contaminated, so his presence is a barometer.
It's ludicrously peaceful, apart from the huge racket the howler monkeys make.
Snowy heron is snowy.
Victor has a great eye. He spots this lizard from so far away, and it takes us all a while to figure out where he is. This needed lots of optical zoom.
The national park was founded in the late 70s, after logging disappeared. 46% of all birds found in Costa Rica have a presence here, along with monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, deer, caiman, otters, ... just loads of stuff. It's a proper bona fide rain forest jungle, after all.
Victor demonstrates a whole load of calls all the way round, trying to attract animals coming out to play. My ignorance is revealed as an animal I previously understood to be a ground dweller is spotted up a tree. Binoculars from the family's dad give us a great view, and optical zoom comes in handy again. It's only a bloody anteater.
This guy's just having a nice bathe in the morning sun.
Sloths want to eat the leaves on this tree, but ants are protecting it. When the sloth turns up, the ants attack - but sloths scratch themselves and that makes them secrete a pheromone which the ants hate, so they bugger off. This leaves the sloth free to get high on the alkaloid heavy leaves.
This is a "blood tree", on account of its red sap.
Lots of time is spent just slowly going through scenery like this. Nice innit.