Thursday, December 11, 2008

Predator and Prey

Today, as most days go, we went out looking for a specific eagle. Generally, we want to visually observe the eagles as often as we can (likely at least once a week) to make sure they are hunting and doing well. Despite the fact that they are huge, even with radio telemetry equipment on them they are very hard to find! The one we found today was on food, but she flew from her dinner, sat in a tree about 30 feet away and we still couldn't see her! But its still valuable data to collect, as today she was dining on a tamandua.

On our way to find signals for eagles, we came to a screeching halt along the road to take a look at a Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth that was hanging out in the open on a bare tree near the entrance of Pipeline Road. He was quite funny to watch - scratching his throat, his belly, and moving about on the narrow branches. One of the past volunteers told me that we rarely see sloths alive (since they are the main prey for Harpies), but this is my 4th or 5th sloth so far, alive, in a few weeks... maybe I'm just lucky!


Becky said...

Yeah!!!! Pictures!! Those are great shots - I can't get down there and see things for myself!

Kristen said...

Hey girl!!! Great blog! Love the glass frogs :)