Herons, sloth, monkeys, Nickerie river

This is a video of an osprey diving to catch fish.

Suriname, 8 February.

As described, our ship went downstream on the Nickerie river, arriving in Wageningen.

Near Wageningen, two bat falcons.

A blue-and yellow macaw.

A cattle egret. A roadside hawk.

Ten black vultures.

A black-necked aracari.

A tropical kingbird.

Grey-breasted martins.

A great kiskadee.

Two yellow-billed terns.

A little blue heron and a snowy egret in a tree.

A giant cowbird.

A long-winged harrier.

Then, red howler monkeys on a tree on the southern bank.

A greater ani. A laughing falcon.

A slender-billed kite.

Grey breasted martins breeding here and barn swallows wintering here flying over the river.

An anhinga.

A black-collared hawk, flying to a treetop.

A savanna hawk.

In trees along the banks, and wading in rice fields: cattle egrets; great egrets; snowy egrets.

An osprey flying.

A two-toed sloth in a treetop. It is moving.

Another black-collared hawk.

Then, we pass a breeding colony of hundreds of black-crowned night herons (a species which breeds also in zoos of the Netherlands, and of Washington, D.C., and of Lincoln Park in Chicago the USA). Both the blue-greyish adults and the striped brownish juveniles fly around; a beautiful spectacle.

A turkey vulture. A yellow-headed caracara. A great black hawk.

All the time it keeps raining, but it is so beautiful here that we forget to pay attention to it.

A savanna hawk.

Six wood storks sitting in a treetop. Wood storks in Florida: here. Everglades National Park Helps Nesting Endangered Wood Storks: here.

Six smooth-billed anis in another tree.

A long-winged harrier.

A little blue heron; a snowy egret; a black-crowned night heron; and a cattle egret, all on the same tree.

A snowy egret breeding colony.

Six black vultures in a tree.

A rufous crab-hawk in another tree.

A group of twelve snowy egrets flying low over the river.

Two couples of orange-winged parrots crossing the river. They are mates for life.

A great egret.

Between Paradise and Nieuw-Nickerie, a grey hawk.

Six semipalmated sandpipers; a sign that we are getting closer to the Atlantic coast.

A ringed kingfisher.

Two ospreys.

Two ruddy ground-doves.

Three spotted sandpipers, flying low over the water.

A tri-colored heron flying with snowy egrets.

Mudskippers jumping out of the water.

We arrive in Nieuw-Nickerie. Though it has less than 10,000 people, it is the second biggest town in Suriname.

This is a video about Nickerie district.

Cattle egrets on the Galapagos islands: here.

18 thoughts on “Herons, sloth, monkeys, Nickerie river

  1. Dental microwear in the orthodentine of the Xenarthra (Mammalia) and its use in reconstructing the palaeodiet of extinct taxa: the case study of Nothrotheriops shastensis (Xenarthra, Tardigrada, Nothrotheriidae)

    Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
    Correspondence to *E-mail: jlgreen3@unity.ncsu.edu
    Copyright © 2009 The Linnean Society of London

    armadillos • Cingulata • dentine • diet • ecology • ground sloths • teeth • tree sloths


    The utility of orthodentine microwear analysis as a proxy for dietary reconstruction in xenarthrans (tree sloths, armadillos) was quantitatively and statistically accessed via low-magnification stereomicroscopy. Features such as number of scratches and pits, as well as presence of gouges, hypercoarse scratches, > four large pits, > four cross scratches, and fine, mixed or coarse scratch texture were recorded in 255 teeth from 20 extant xenarthran species. Feature patterns are consistent with scar formation through abrasional (tooth–food) and attritional (tooth–tooth) contact. Number of scratches is the most dietary diagnostic microwear variable for xenarthrans, with herbivorous sloths characterized by > ten scratches and nonherbivorous armadillos by


  2. Monday, 06.29.09

    Don’t delist bird
    OUR OPINION: No assurance wood stork’s population is stabilized

    A popular new pastime in Florida is blaming Mother Nature for the recession. It began in the Legislature when lawmakers used it as an excuse to weaken growth-management laws. Arguing that laws controlling development hinder new construction, lawmakers said that easing these laws would jump-start the state economy.

    Now developers have taken up the same argument in calling for the wood stork, an endangered species, to be down listed. The reasoning is that wood storks just had a record breeding season — wildlife experts estimate that 3,500 birds were hatched this spring. Some protections for the endangered bird put limits on builders, particularly in Southwestern Florida. Down listing the species to ”threatened” might lift some of those limits, the builders say.

    Not really. Regulations would still protect the birds’ habitat from bulldozers.

    Beyond that, even though the wood storks had a fertile spring, they are making up for last year when, thanks to a drought, no babies survived. The wood stork relies on seasonal wet and dry cycles to nurture its young. Too much or too little water in the pools they feed from — we’re talking mere inches difference here — and fledglings won’t survive. To go from famine to feast in 12 months isn’t a reassuring sign that the bird’s population is stable. Down listing is premature.

    As to the argument that Mother Nature caused the recession and housing slump: Blame the financial meltdown on Wall Street and Florida’s glut of empty housing stock on the foreclosure crisis and an excess of new condo construction. The housing market is showing signs of life, but financing for new subdivisions is rare. That’s the market’s fault, not the lowly wood storks’.



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