Naturalist Finds

On their daily outings, naturalists hike with the sharpest of senses. Eyes peeled and ears open, they help spot the cloud forest’s hidden treasures, sharing its flora and fauna with students and guests.

And sometimes they’re lucky enough to snap some pictures, too! These images are from George Lin, a resident naturalist. Enjoy his great shots, and the fun facts that come with. It’s just like being on a guided hike with him.

A Tarantula’s first instinct is to run away when confronted by a predator or a human.  If cornered, the second line of defense would be to releasing irritating hairs from the abdomen that are barbed and serve to irritate the skin. The third line of defense would be administer a venomous bite.

The elusive Three-wattled Bellbird are in the area now.  Their mating call, which can be heard more than 2km away, is probably the loudest call in the bird world.  It took me a month to finally see this bird last week and I managed to get a passable photo today.

Curled up into a size of a softball, this green mottled morph of the Eyelash Palm Pit Viper uses its heat-sensing pits located between the eyes and nostril to “see” their prey in the dark.  They usually hang out next to the trails to strike at unsuspecting passing birds, bats, and students.

Photos and captions contributed by George Lin, UGACR Natural Resident

Blog contribution by Alex Fylypovych, UGACR Photojournalism Intern

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