|Caterpillar (Photo by Brynne)|
We entered the Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, locally known as the "Crowd" Forest as it is very popular and better maintained than other reserves. However, we visited during the beginning of the wet season which is the low tourist season.)
|Aguacatillo (Photo by Linda)|
|Epiphyte? (Photo by Kent)|
|Tank bromeliads (Photo by Linda)|
|Beetle (Photo by Kent)|
|Orchid? (Photo by Kent)|
|Bromeliad Guzmania nicaraguensis (Photo by Brynne)|
Epiphytes are divided into holoepiphytes which spend their whole existence on the host and hemi-epiphytes that may start or end their existence on the host, having roots reaching to the ground for part of their lifespan. The strangler fig is a hemi-epiphyte, and we saw many others such as philodendrons and dieffenbachia.
Another cloud forest denizen is the Tree Fern (Cyathea stipularis). Saw many fiddleheads (called croziers here) of the young fern, but sitting atop a thin trunk.
|Tree Fern (Photo by Kent)|
We backtracked on the narrow Cloud Forest Trail, with its open cement blocks underfoot to keep us from getting mired in the mud, to the wider more open El Camino (The Road), a favorite of birders. Jimmy heard a quetzal call, and it was repeated enough for the rest of us to hear it. But more frequent was the musical call of the Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus mexicanus). Jimmy proved adept at bird calls and was able to attract a nightingale close enough for a sighting.
Other birds seen were the Black Guan (Chamaepetes unicolor), Mountain Elaenia (Elaenia frantzii), Yellow-throated Euphonia (Euphonia hirundinacea) (Aren't Euphonias musical instruments?!), and Golden-browed Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia callophrys).
Kent spotted a lizard and Jerry immediately went to catch it, even though a false step would have him sliding down a steep hillside. Everyone got a good look at the Giant-banded Anole (Anolis insignis), as it hung on by biting Jerry's finger!
|Giant-banded Anole (Photo by Linda)|
|Jerry holding the anole (Photo by Brynne)|
|Anole holding Jerry (Photo by Kent)|
|Quetzal nest tree trunk (Photo by Linda)|
|Fungus (Photo by Kent)|