On our first morning at La Selva, we took the standard guided tour.
La Selva is the primary research station for OTS (the Organization for Tropical Studies).
The guides are experts in spotting the most interesting animals in the reserve.
Concrete trails minimize the mud.
This enormous ceiba tree has huge butressed roots.
A black-mandibled toucan.
We'd heard howler monkeys before. (They woke us up at 4 am every morning on the Osa.) But only at La Selva did we get a good look at them.
A scissor-tail Flycatcher.
We had a close-up view of this Two-toed Sloth.
This female Two-toed Sloth was harder to make out.
But enlarging the photo revealed the face of its nursing infant.
Back at the dining hall, a male Passeri Tanager.
That afternoon we captured four Wood Thrushes in the mist nets.
Melanie with a Wood Thrush.
That evening the bat team measured a record haul of 20 bats.
We caught this diminutive Thomas Fruit Bat.
But the best catch of the night were two Honduran White Bats. A real treat to catch these uncommon bats!
Measuring the Honduran White Bats
Wood Thrush Honduran White Bats.