Near Puerto Limon the Tortuguero canals are located, a large network of navigable canals. The trip starts early in the morning with a specialized guide who show and explain us the the vegation of the rain forest with its animalas. On the picture you could see 2-Finger-Sloth a little bit wet because the heavy rain. Most of the time, just over 20 hours a day you find that animal is asleep on certain trees. Extremely slow the sloth lurches through the branches in search of food. These animals do not grooming, so there are many parasites and algae on the animal, a motley collection of animals and plants.
Parque Nacional Tortuguero extends north along the coast for 22 km from Jaloba, six km north of Parismina, to Tortuguero village. The 19,000-hectare park is a mosaic of deltas on an alluvial plain nestled between the Caribbean coast on the east and the low-lying volcanic hills of Coronel, Caño Moreno, and 300-meter-high Las Lomas de Sierpe--the Sierpe Peaks--on the west. The park protects the nesting beach of the green turtle, the offshore waters to a distance of 30 km, and the wetland forests extending inland for about 15 kilometers.
The park--one of the most varied within the park system--has 11 ecological habitats, from high rainforest to herbaceous marsh communities. Fronting the sea is the seemingly endless expanse of beach. Behind that is a narrow lagoon, connected to the sea at one end and fed by a river at the other, which parallels the beach for its full 35-km length. Back of the lagoon is a coastal rainforest threaded by an infinite maze of serpentine channels and streams fed by rivers flowing from the central mountain ranges and by the torrential rains that fall in the area. On the periphery of the forest lies a complex of swamps.
Tortuguero shelters a fabulous array of wildlife, including more than 300 bird species, among them the great green macaw; 57 species of amphibians and 111 of reptiles, including three species of marine turtles; 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica's 16 endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters, and manatees. Commonly seen birds include toucans, aricaris, oropendolas, swallow-tailed hawks, several species of herons, kingfishers, anhingas, parrots, and jacanas. The wide-open canals make viewing easier than at many other parks--superb for spotting crocodiles, giant iguanas, and basilisk lizards basking atop the branches, swallow-tailed hawks and vultures swooping over the treetops, and caimans luxuriating on the fallen raffia palm branches at the side of the river.
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Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2010-02-26 0:02
Very funny guy. Amazing scene. Nice scenery. Very nice colors. Good contrast.
snunney (98253) 2010-02-26 1:04
A good capture of this interesting and rather hairy tree creature. Very good colours and sharpness. Thanks for sharing.
Amaz (11475) 2010-02-26 1:07
Fine shot, my dear Achil!!
Good compodition and nice colours!!
Very well done!!
Gerrit (51935) 2010-02-26 1:14
good capture and interesting animal.
The two fingers are obvious; he seems to be wet.
wolf38 (31296) 2010-02-26 1:31
Hallo Achim. So eine Führung in einem Nationalpark würde ich auch gerne mitmachen. Flora, Faune, Tiere jedweder Art. Das Faultier läßt sich wie gewohnt hängen:)) Du hast es in der typischen Körperhaltung photographiert. Insgesaamt ein guter Schuss und ein vorbildlicher Text. Gruß, Wolfgang.
papagolf21 (100912) 2010-02-26 1:56
Bonjour, cher Achim,
Il est étonnant de voir à quel point ce grand singe arrive à se confondre avec la végétation.
Après tout, ce primate prend la vie du bon côté !
Une photo originale et bien présentée.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-02-26 7:09
An another excellent and very interesting natural shot. Nice image too with a good harmony in the colors between the green of the vegetation and the colors of tha animal. details well colectd too and framing well selcetd.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2010-02-26 10:23
In the Amazon forest there are also sloth, an animal almost prehistoric. You did an excellent capture, despite the rain. Great details here. Very good colors and sharpness.
Fis2 (96737) 2010-02-26 10:41
Your photo is interesting.
Good frame and colours.
Very impressive picture.
anokutan (15097) 2010-02-26 12:36
Very good colours and sharpness. Good capture and interesting animal.
bukitgolfb301 (41438) 2010-02-26 13:55
My dear Achim
Very precious subject, I gusee you waste long time for this moment. But you are rewaded finally.
Very interesting and amazing one!
Perfect composition as usual.
The usage of long focus lens is very effective.
Blesseing on your great job!
Have a nice weekend
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
pierrefonds (65846) 2010-02-26 18:24
The branches are framing well the sloth. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the sloth. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
delpeoples (57622) 2010-02-27 4:16
Hi Achim, fantastic shot of this unusual creature. I like the natural framing by the greenery. The image is sharp and has nice strong colour. Great job, thanks for sharing and I wish you a wonderful weekend, Lisa
marietom (34609) 2010-02-27 6:49
Photo amusante, et bien vue !
Vasa (515) 2010-02-27 12:42
So lovely picture, Achim. In your richest gallery with the motifs round the world. I am proud of your travels and your witness. Many thanks,
emjleclercq (15780) 2010-02-27 23:09
Unusal sighting nearly hiden by the branches, yet the twon finders (which look more like claws to me) are visible.
All the best,
jhm (152212) 2010-02-28 2:32
A good capture of this interesting and rather hairy tree creature.
Sharpness and clarity are nice
Pleasant for look at.
Very well captured and composed, nice done. TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
Charo (51212) 2010-02-28 15:20
Sehr merkwürdig bild des affen springen von baum verzweigt. Schwer zu erfassen, da sie nicht still. Magnificent licht und detail.
JCG (35129) 2010-03-01 0:19
To see the peeling of this sloth, it seems that the rain had just fallen on this forest !!! Certainly not easy to photograph this animal which lives primarily in the trees. Here, failing to see its so characteristic head, we have a good precision of these impressive claws. Beautiful and interesting photograph on this animal in its environment and thank you for the instructive note Achim.
With all my friendships and a very good week,
sacavem (18620) 2010-03-01 1:58
Very great nature photo.
Excellent photographic moment. Good shot. Very good colour, contrast and definition.
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Silvio1953 (142037) 2010-03-01 7:04
Ciao Achim, wonderful capture of lovely creature in great action, splendid natural ambientation, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Graal (102752) 2010-03-02 0:24
good shot, fine hunter You're. Image good to TN also. Well done photo and interesting note.
Cricri (118785) 2010-03-02 5:29
Difficile d'imaginer au départ sans lire la note, incroyable animal qui se confond avec la végétation
axiotea (21651) 2010-03-02 20:24
I wish I could see one day these incredible animals!
Because they are extremely slow, you could take all the time you needed it to make its 'portrait'.
No easy conditions, the rain, then the foliage...but nonetheless a rare picture.
Tukan-T5 (4317) 2010-03-03 2:58
very good capture.
Remind me extra-terrestial creature with this wet fur.
Very funny picture.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2010-03-09 9:24
Excellent moment! Is always difficult to get pics like this one but you caught it lovely!
hopsy_life (101) 2010-03-09 23:58
very intersting shot of this animal. Well seen
maloutim (9639) 2010-04-05 16:45
Funny animal indeed with its entangled hair! Can't make out much of its head!
But I love the thick environment of jungle growth he is clinging to!
Very interesting note about the wild life of this very interesting country!
- Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) (43665)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2010-02-26 0:01
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