|Mangroves and dry forest, Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve.|
|Looking across Yunguilla Reserve.|
Due to Jocotoco's efforts, the finch has been downgraded (or upgraded surely!) from Critically Endangered
to Endangered; nonetheless there are still only 250 birds left, all of them here.
|Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Cerro Blanco Reserve. It is now regarded as a tanager;|
it is widespread, but is too beautiful not to include here.
|Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans Cerro Blanco Reserve.|
A species not restricted to these dry forests; a snake and lizard specialist.
|Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea, Cerro Blanco Reserve.|
One of the numerous tyrant-flycatchers, an ancient South American
|Pacific (or Peruvian) Pygmy Owl Glaucidium peruanum, Cerro Blanco Reserve.|
This tiny owl, often found by following mobbing small birds, is a dry forest specialist, though it has
also adapted to urban living as the forests are cleared.
|White-tailed Jay Cyanocorax mystacalis, Cerro Blanco Reserve.|
A scarce species apparently declining further through habitat clearance.
|White-necked Puffbird Notharchus hyperrhynchus Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve.||
Again, most puffbirds live in wetter forests; this one is described as 'rare to uncommon' in Ecuador.
|Mantled Howler Monkey Alouatta palliata, Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve.||
While common in South America, this species is not at all common further south, and this reserve
is a stronghold for them in Ecuador.
|Tegu, Family Teiidae, Cerro Blanco Reserve.|
|Unidentified skink, Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve.||
I love that tail!
|Cracker Butterflies Hamadryas sp., Cerro Blanco Reserve, above and below.|
Their camouflage is superb.
The name comes from the sound of a displaying male's wings!
|Colonial spider web, Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve.||
|To my shame I have no idea what these lovely flowers are at Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve,|
but I find them too interesting to omit. I'd appreciate any assistance you can give.
|I was intrigued too by this epiphytic cactus in the same reserve; |
the concept was entirely new to me, but maybe I just don't get out enough...