Using the term ‘Monkey Forest’ in this post may be misleading because what I am celebrating here is species that have not previously featured on this website and which we were unaware even existed in the forest.
There are a couple of exceptions to that, however. We knew we had Monitor Lizards but had not seen them for several months. Now one large adult has reappeared and two younger, smaller specimens. This picture is of one of the younger ones, showing off a bit, I think.
And the next two pictures are of a fledgling owl that I saw for the first time this morning. I have heard owls in the forest at dusk and later, and have thought I saw one, but this one flew straight towards me at about 8 am and, exhausted by its early flying efforts, I think, sat on this slender branch until a monkey came along and shook it off.
The next four pictures, though, are of species we did not know inhabited the forest, but the fact that they do comes as not much of a surprise.
Thanks to Rebekah for the toad (frog?) and Elizabeth for the other three.
The juvenile owl is a bit of a tester for my avian knowledge, could be one of several species you can decide for yourself if you check out these photos from a knowledgeable birder I use for reference if I am unsure -some great bird photos:
Thanks for the link. We hear plenty of birds in the forest but see very few. Are owls and nightjars related, I wonder. I hear them often. I’ll find out using your link!