Hi, it’s Elliot again. I’m on the way home but I wanted to write one last blog about the trip.
The rain forest is a really cool place but we didn’t see as much as we might have because of really unusual weather while we were there. The temperatures were in the 60′s instead of the 90′s like we expected. Most of the animals were cold and hiding but we did still see some really cool stuff.
One highlight for me was that we saw all of the five different species
of Amazonian macaws. Another was a mouse possum that I spotted in the
dark with the help of my flashlight. It was eating a spider almost as
big as it was (check out the photo I took).
We also saw hoatzins, agoutis, monkeys, a capybara, a spectacled caiman, and huge red squirrels.
Right as we were leaving, the weather got a lot better. On the boat ride back down the river, we saw the jungle come to life as it warmed up. First, we finally saw parrots and macaws at the clay lick. When it is warm they come to eat clay for their digestion every day, but because of the cold they had not been there.
Then a little farther down the river, I spotted my very favorite animal of the trip. I noticed a huge white-and-gray bird perched in a tree that stuck out of the forest. We were hoping it was a harpy eagle so we showed our guide and asked him what he thought. He said we were right! That made the whole trip worthwhile because harpy eagles are so rare. Most of the guides had seen only one or two in their lives and some had never seen them before at all, so we felt very lucky!