Friday, September 10, 2010

Too many Turkeys ... and a Tapir!

It's been a bit of a rocky start getting my one and only camera back up and running near Gallon Jug. I let it go for a week and retrieved the CF card, only to find there were close to 8000 images recorded!! The first 40 or so were Ocellated Turkeys (Meleagris ocellata) promenading back and forth, then a lot, a whole lot, of blank photos.

Then I got lucky. This nice sequence of a tapir (Tapirus bairdii) appeared just a couple nights ago, about 8:30 p.m. Tapirs aren't all that common in Gallon Jug so it was a real delight to see this one. She was near Peterson Creek, east of Gallon Jug community about 10 km. Seeing this animal made going through the 8000 images all worthwhile!


  1. Is it unscientific of me to say that she is very cute?

  2. What a great sighting! It's nice to know that tapirs are still in the area. None of the guides at Chan Chich had seen one in a long time (but they had seen tracks). We tried to get out on the Bajo trail which is where the tracks were, but it was too flooded.