Monday, March 16, 2009

Just in from Glover's Reef and want to post some photos from some of my guests.

The first is an iguana in a tree. During the winter months the males climb up into prominent spots where they can display their size and orange mating colours. Preferred sites are in the tops of trees directly over water, for a quick getaway if needed. This magnificent specimen was in his prime and probably had several females hanging around in nearby branches to get a piece of him when laying time comes around.





Next is a Morelet's crocodile. This species is smaller and less aggressive than the American crocodile, and unlike the American, is found only in freshwater rivers and lagoons. This fellow was hanging out in the branches of a downed tree along the banks of the New River.



Half Moon Caye hosts a nesting colony of the rare and beautiful white-phase red-footed booby. Trails wander under the booby nests, leading to a three-metre tall observation tower. Standing on the tower, visitors are surrounded by nesting boobies and frigatebirds, almost within reach. This pair of boobies was sharing the duties of feeding each other and sitting on the nest.


Thanks to Birgit Kuhle, for the booby pic, which I have posted with her permission.


More coming next week. Cheers
Jack

2 comments:

  1. Birgit12:35 PM

    Hey, looks good, thanx for sharing. Just got a bunch of pictures from Dawn and Victor. They are great too. Love your blog.

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  2. Wow! Amazing photos, Jack! The iguana seems to radiate orange around him! Keep them up! (My students enjoy your photos and writings, too.)

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