Costa Rica 2006 Day Four: Tortuguero National Park

by Kara on October 23, 2006

Baby turtle crawls over the sand. Atlantic Green Sea Turtle. Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

Baby turtle crawls over the sand. Atlantic Green Sea Turtle. Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

Today, we were up at 4:30 to see if we could find a nest of turtles hatching. This time, we didn’t have much luck. We found one baby turtle lying on her back, and we thought she was dead. One of the other guests flipped her over and she started right off toward the sea. It’s amazing that they know exactly where to go. We escorted her all the way to the water’s edge and she took off into the sea.

Next we were off on another boat tour. On this trip, we saw sandpipers, a green back heron, a baby crocodile, a little blue heron, a northen jicana, a great egret, howler monkeys, a blue morphos butterfly, an emerald basilisk, a caiman, a black river turtle, an anhinga, a grey hawk, a tiny baby Jesus Christ lizard, a great blue heron, and a great egret. It truly is an amazing place.

American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus. Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus. Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

In the afternoon, we lazed on the porch some more and saw a Montezuma oropendola, a common bush tanager, a rufous-tailed hummingbird, a great kiskadee, and a blue-gray tanager. I know these lists make me sound like I am really into birdwatching. I am not actually that into it, but when I do encounter birds on my travels, I really enjoy trying to identify them.

Blue Jeans Dart Frog

Blue Jeans Dart Frog

After our rest, we decided to try hiking behind the lodge. They had tall rubber boots for us to borrow, and Stephen and I took off down one of the paths. Unfortunately, the mud soon became too deep for us to continue. I got one of my boots stuck in the mud, and I lost my balance and fell over while trying to get loose. As we were walking back to the lodge, we noticed a poison dart frog in a clearing. In fact, we started noticing little frogs all over the place. We probably spent an hour walking around staring at the ground. It was really fun. I had always thought these frogs would be the same size as regular old generic frogs, but these guys were about the size of a dime. I even saw a baby one about half that size. I also spotted what I think was a Bransford’s litter frog, but it was too small and brown to manage a decent photo among the dead leaves.
Northern Jacana

Northern Jacana

Check out more of Stephen’s pictures of Costa Rica.

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