Thus at far too early an hour for a bat guy we headed out to the beach at Hacienda Baru, a property that abuts the Firestone Center and runs all the way to the ocean. The down side was that while the drone team pulled out a chair and a table and set up a wonderful little beach cabina near the car, we "truthers" had to walk 2km down the beach to where the mangroves were.
We arrived at the estuary and found...a handful of mangroves. So the students were properly schooled in species ID by the esteemed Professor Donald McFarlane, although there were hardly enough trees to really get any kind of sample for the study. Remarkably though, there were two white-faced capuchin monkey in these mangrove trees when we got there.
But the droners had left (this was actually planned) and we had more butts than seats in the car. Warren Roberts and I walked to the office area of the Hacienda Baru while the rest drove back to the FCRE. And since there is a ton of wildlife on the Hacienda Baru property, we saw a few nice animals along the walk. The three-toed sloth was sleeping in a horrible position for a photo so I am not putting that up, but this mangrove black hawk was a very cool bird.