Our 90-minute visit to the Selva Verde biological station started off in style: A sloth was hanging out in a tree overlooking the parking lot. Although my photos show nothing more than a dark blob among the leaves, we were able to see the sloth fairly clearly through binoculars.
Next up was a 20-minute hunt for poison dart frogs. This took us past a few butterflies and fungi, and lots of interesting plants, including red (inedible) bananas.
It didn't take long to find a "strawberry" frog.
A few minutes more and I spotted a "blue Jeans" poison dart one also - but this time my flash malfunctioned.
Heading back to the lodge for lunch, we passed another stunning iguana and several small lizards.
The biggest lizard was a Jesus Christ Lizard, so called because it can walk - well, run - on water.
We also passed some very large termite nests in the trees.
Although birds were largely conspicuous by their absence, I got a brief glimpse of a Violet-crowned Woodnymph hummingbird, which appeared almost totally black from the front.
A nearby bird-feeding table was attracting Montezuma Pendulas and Blue-gray Tanagers.
With the help of a young researcher, we also saw a larger green frog with its eggs ...
and a Praying Mantis.
The lunch buffet looked very appetizing but I contented myself with bolting down some forkfuls of beans and rice, so that I could spend a few extra minutes around the bird-feeding table. On my way there, I met up with the Jesus Christ Lizard again.
The fruit on the table had brought in a Black-cheeked Woodpecker as well as a Clay-colored Robin. A Summer Tanager popped in but was scared away by the arrival of a pair of Montezuma Pendulas.
Then, just as I had to leave to get back on the bus, I was thrilled to see a Gray-headed Chachalaca come down from the trees to eat. A wonderful bird and a great way to wrap up the all-too-short visit to Selva Verde.
Tomorrow: An aerial tram ride through the rain forest and a great final sighting