Another day of banding at Tortuga Lodge in primary tropical rainforest brought us more than birds.
Our nets are set around a nature trail - the following net was put up as usual tied to a tree, a tranquil scene?
It was only later that one of the hotel guides told us that there was a deadly Eyelash Viper right next to the tree. If you look back at the picture above the snake can be seen lurking to the right of the tree low down.
Continuing the frog theme, the night Security Guard at our base was delighted to show us a Tree Frog that he had found.
And finally back to birds - this morning we caught a Green-and-rufous Kingfisher. Only a few have been banded here in the last 20 years. It is an uncommon resident of the Caribbean lowlands. According to Skutch (Birds of Costa Rica) its nest is undescribed.