Central America is a land bridge where different species from North and South America meet, and sometimes cross paths. It is also on a major avian flyway. The Tortguero Canal is a fresh water canal that runs parallel and within sight of the Caribbean coast. After recent heavy rains it flows heavily but near the sea there is a mixing zone with fresh water. It is a perfect place to watch wildlife.
Sloths are particularly interesting because they move so slowly. They have a very low metabolism, eat little, and sleep, perhaps, 20 hours a day, putting our cats to shame. So when we came by a sloth that was really moving our wildlife guide shouted “Oh my God, look that one is moving, I mean really moving fast.” And he was climbing a tree. This series of photos contains Sloths, Egrets, a small (as opposed to a great) heron, owls and a baby crocodile trying to look like a log. There is a type of lizard that looks like a leaf whose name I can’t remember and some birds I can’t identify. Perhaps you can. There are also some pictures of scenery from along the river.