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18/12/2015, 17:38

27-28 November 2015

In the morning the girls walked to the crocodile lake. On our way, we observed many new bird species. The river we had to cross was completely dried out. Finally – after a 2 ½ hour walk in the heat- we reached the so-called “crocodile lake” and must realize that crocodiles hide during the heat of the day. We met two workers, who told us about a nearby and fresh deer carcass that was recently killed by a Jaguar.

On our way back to the station Mr. Werding was so kind to pick us up and give us a ride back to the station. But before, he went with us to the forest were we expected to find the carcass of the dear.

After lunch we met Mr. Werding again and went back to the forest together to look for the carcass of the dear for a second time. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it but smelt a really strong rotten smell. Arriving at the lake, we saw one capybara (Hydrochaeris hidrochaeris).

Photo: (c) Oliver Krone
Photo: (c) Oliver Krone

Afterwards we got a ride to the “reserve”- the beautiful forest area of Mr. Werdings property, where we had a nice walk and observed a chestnut-eard Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis), a rufus-tailed jacamar (Galbula ruficauda) and two species of Phasmidae.

Manuela Merling de Chapa
Photo: (c) Manuela Merling de Chapa

In the evening Martin gave as an introduction to the frog and toad species we can find in the area, as well as the equipment available for research on these animals. He provided us with a booklet “Field guide and acoustic key to the species” that helped us to identify and describe the species we heard and saw.

In the morning of the 28th Mr. Werding was leaving to Santa Cruz but before he came to the station to chat for a while and say goodbye. After that we climbed the water-tower and decided to use it as a vantage point to observe birds the next days.

The first rain of our journey felt around midday and three of us got nicely wet while standing on the tower. Afterwards we went horseback riding what we enjoyed a lot.

In the evening we went out with Martin and caught 7 individuals of Pseudopaludicola mystacalis that we planned to perform a little experiment with the next day. We went to the “Laja de Susana” again where we observed our first big maki frog (Phyllomedusa boliviana) and three rock rats (Thrichomys apereoides).

Photo: (c) Manuela Merling de Chapa
Photo: (c) Manuela Merling de Chapa

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