You Snooze You Lose

Joan and Art were the only two to take advantage of a 5 a.m. tour of the mangrove flats.  The tour was done in small flat bottom boats with a helmsman using only a thin pole to propel the craft. He stood on the back much like you would see in Venice. At five a.m. it is extremely dark so picture taking was curtailed. This time allowed us to get well into the water way before the wildlife was scared off by the busy water traffic. There were several boats on the tour and we all sat silently watching the sun come up over the water. We saw lots of birds and an unusual fish that swims with its eyes out of the water.  When scared they would jump across the water like a skipped stone, This would be their defense against the many herons waiting for breakfast. The waterway is at Monterrico and leads to the Pacific Ocean.

Joan gets ready to board the somewhat tipsy boat,

Joan gets ready to board the somewhat tipsy boat at 5 a.m.

A bit of an adventure heading off into the darkness,

A bit of an adventure heading off into the darkness,

Volcanoes start to appear in the distance.

Volcanoes start to appear in the distance.

Waiting on the quiet water for sunrise.

Waiting on the quiet water for sunrise.

 

Sunrise.

Sunrise.

Beautiful time after sunrise.

Beautiful time after sunrise.

These fellow could move boats along quite fast with the poles.

These fellows could move boats along quite fast with the poles.

Two species of snakes live in the mangroves, Not often seen.

Two species of snakes live in the mangroves, Not often seen.

Mangroves send hundreds of roots into the shallow water. This one has unknown bird.

Mangroves send hundreds of roots into the shallow water. This one has unknown bird.

Pelicans travel in packs.

Pelicans travel in packs.

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Stork on the right, possibly Ibis on left.

Stork on the right, possibly Ibis on left.

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Unusual fish swimming with eyes above water to spot herons.

Unusual fish swimming with eyes above water to spot herons.  The fish are called Cuatro Ojas (four eyes) because their eyes have evolved so they can see both above and below the water at the same time. They are 30-35 cm long.

Like a skipping stone.

Like a skipping stone.

Leaping to escape.

Leaping to escape.

More funny fish Ha Ha!

More funny fish Ha Ha!

Regal chap.

Regal chap.

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Typical boat used for transportation.

Typical boat used for transportation.

Fishermen.

Fishermen.

Typical boat used for transportation.

Typical boat used for transportation.

We will call this the chicken boat loaded with people heading for work.

We will call this the chicken boat loaded with people heading for work.

More people using the water tranport.

More people using the water transport.

Two small children heading for school.

Two small children heading for school.

Car boards the ferry. Notice the powerful  motor.

Car boards the ferry. Notice the powerful motor.

Vulture

Vulture

Two large termite nests.

Two large termite nests.

Not sure if these are termites or not starting a new nest.

Not sure if these are termites or not starting a new nest.

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3 thoughts on “You Snooze You Lose

  1. Colleen davy

    After snoozing and losing last year…I would have chosen the early rising this year. Gorgeous wildlife!

  2. Mary Ann Gerwing

    Thank you so much for sending us all your photos. I look forward to your blog every day. Can hardly wait! Thanks again.

  3. Tom andrews

    Did you see any mangos?

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