Vaquero Photo Blog – Spring 2017

May 15, 2017

Field assistant, vaquero, and jaguar guardian Laqui Duarte has many talents and fills many roles on the Northern Jaguar Reserve and Viviendo con Felinos ranches. Here, he provides some of the sights he sees and wildlife encountered to give you a glimpse of life in the field.

 

I like this photo because it represents at least one part of the beauty found on the Northern Jaguar Reserve. This is the Arroyo Babisal, and I usually walk around here looking for small animals.

 

Camaleón, regal horned lizard (Phrynosoma solare): When I see this lizard, I think of dinosaurs. It seems like they have not changed a lot over the years. These lizards are well adapted to this dry environment. If you look carefully, you will see it is changing its skin.

 

I found this beetle at Babisal de Abajo. I like beetles because they are so strong considering their size. Their exoskeleton is very hard!

 

Culebra de collar, ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus): This is a rare snake, and it is difficult to see in the field. I have only seen one a couple of times. Part of the difficulty is because its color is very similar to the color of the ground.

 

Culebra chirrionera; coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum): I was working on the Bábaco ranch and got a little scared when I saw this snake, but after a few seconds I started taking pictures of it.

 

Coyote tracks are commonly seen on the reserve, especially if you are hiking to check the motion-triggered cameras. Do you also see the mouse tracks in this photo? Those are not so common.

 

Insecto palo, stick insect: One day I was riding a horse to check a camera on the reserve. While riding, I came in contact with many plants and that’s when I saw this insect in the horse’s reins. I stopped and left the insect where it would be safe.

 

Zopilote aura, vulture turkey (Cathartes aura): I was in the field working with a camera trap on one of the Viviendo con Felinos ranches when I saw this bird directly in front of me.

 

Palma real (Sabal uresana): When I saw the height of this palm tree, it was a surprise… It is so tall!