We gather for breakfast and the news couldn't be better, Andres had found us a couple of magnificent Yellow-blotched Palm Pitvipers, Bothriechis aurifer. But before we see them we have an appointment with some very special birds. Birds that this private reserve was named after, the Resplendant Quetzal.
|Resplendent Quetzal, famale|
|Resplendent Quetzal, male|
|A bird that lives up to its name.|
|Violet Saberwing, how different they look when they're sat in the shade.|
|Collard Trogon, male|
|Bothiechis aurifer, female - lime green and yellow beauty.|
|Photos don't do it justice...it's stunning!|
|Bothriechis aurifer, female|
Another small crew of scientists were on site climbing trees and studying the reptiles and amphibians of the reserve. I noticed one of the guys was disfigured and it turned out this was caused by a rattlesnake that bit him on the forearm when he was 18. After a week in a coma and several skin grafts later, this is how he was left. A stark reminder of just how dangerous some of these snakes can be - accidents do happen!