Friday, December 16, 2011

Sneak Peek

We finally got a good "hit" on our single camera. We'd placed it at a junction near Laguna Verde over the past week.  Any idea what this animal is?

This is a tayra, Eira barbara, taking a sneak peek at the remote camera.  The tayra is a large member of the weasel family and in my experience anyway, is not often photographed.  It's a common diurnal animal, very curious and bold and frequently encountered.  Tayras seem always to be in perpetual motion and it is my guess that they move so fast and frequently that the remote camera is just too slow to catch them.  In this case, there were several "blank" photos (after an image of its departing backside) indicating it was still in the immediate area.

Pretty clear than animals notice what's new in their environment, even if it is camouflaged!

3 comments:

  1. Great post! I am grateful to Zander Bowen for his Facebook post alerting me to it! The Tayra is such an interesting animal. I have been fortunate to observe and film them on three occasions. The first time I was by myself near Swasey Branch. It was a juvenile with an adult and we startled each other. The juvenile ran up a tree near me and was separated from its mother on the ground nearby. That was interesting with some great vocalizations. The second time I was with Roni Martinez in Cayo, about 4 miles SW of Blacaneaux Lodge. We were scanning for raptors and an adult Tayra came by just below us and cached some kind of fruit in a small crevice in the limestone. The third time, also in Cayo, was with Antonio Mai and David Tzul near Elijio Panti National Park. One adult Tayra was chasing another which was carrying a large fruit in its mouth. It was such a chase they failed to notice we were there. When they did, they forgot about the fruit and took off. Each encounter was brief but fascinating! I hope to stop and say hello on my next visit in February/March! Wayne Hall I can't figure out how to post using my profile....)

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  2. Thanks, Wayne, good to hear from you. Yes, the "bushdog" certainly is a bold and interesting animal. Hope to see you on your next visit.

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  3. That's a cool capture. I would love to see a Tayra some day.

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