click photo to enlargeHappy Thanksgiving!
The forest was very quiet today, it seemed everybody was dozing. The birds were farther into the forest and away from the edge of the road. The Howler monkeys were close to the road in several spots but they were quiet even when the San Lorenzo park motorcycle went by. Usually, when they hear cars and especially the motorcycle, they go into a howling frenzy. Today, they hardly twitched.
Howler monkey napping on a branch.
Below; Smooth-billed Ani dozing. The jungle beings were quiet and sleepy today.
Broad-billed MotmotThe clearings near the marina were active with the usual Kisakadees, Social Flycatchers, Tanagers, Smooth-billed Anis, Tropical Mockingbirds, Varigated Seed eaters, Indigo buntings and Tropical Kingbirds. Overhead Black and Turkey Vultures, and Magnificent Frigate birds soared.
The Smooth-billed Ani has always struck me as sort of reptilian. Even the neck and nape feathers resemble scales. Maybe it's a shrunken version of what some prehistoric birds looked like? Anis are cuckoos, but are not brood-parasitic. They live in groups and build a large, communal nest. A nest can contain over 30 eggs. The eggs and nestlings are cared for by all members of the group. They have multiple broods in a year and the juvenile of previous broods help with caring for the nest. We have the Greater and and the Smooth-billed in Fort Sherman.