There is a lot of wildlife in the Central American jungles that we rarely see because it is nocturnal, extremely shy, or inhabits hard to reach places. In the last two weeks I was lucky to come across both, a hard to see bird and a hard to see mammal…
The Agami Heron lives on shallow borders of lowland jungle ponds and slow streams that have a lot of overhanging vegetation. If you have been to the Costa Rican jungles you will then know that this describes an extremely dark and humid habitat… and dark and humid it was the late afternoon when I got to see it!
The largest mammal in Central America, Baird’s Tapir can live in far more habitats, from sea level all the way to an altitude of 3600 m (12 000 ft). They also spend their time in thick jungles and only come out to clearings at night. Hunting and habitat loss are the main reasons they avoid human contact and only recently some Tapirs have regained back confidence in us humans and walk along dark roads at night… exactly where our paths crossed!
Well, were it not for the high sensitivity of modern cameras, this post would be just a fisherman’s tale!