Late one afternoon as Barnie and I returned from a walk, some movement caught my eye. I saw 4 baby iguanas running toward the jungle! I called to Dennis and got my camera (which had only returned from repair 2 weeks earlier) and was able to get a few shots in the fading light.
|Little iguanas, reaching the light of day. You can see the gap along the bottom of the hog wire.|
|Aren't they the cutest? You can also see the collapsed nests from which the hatchlings emerged.|
We watched for close to an hour as iguanas emerged and then ran off in groups of 3 or 4 toward the jungle to our west. I estimated that 40 to 50 hatchlings emerged that evening. Over the next 3 weeks, other nests hatched and we had the occasional hatchling show up on our veranda to hang out before disappearing into the wild. We are very pleased with the success of iguana nesting this year. We will keep the enclosures in place and put more sand inside them. Since iguanas can't resist nice piles of sand in which to dig, there is an excellent chance they will return to the same spots next year.
For something completely different - this morning we had the perfect atmospheric conditions to see the mountains of Honduras. It really takes a particular kind of mirage to see them distinctly here - a superior mirage. As explained at this website, this is what happens: "The superior mirage occurs under reverse atmospheric conditions from the inferior mirage. For it to be seen, the air close to the surface must be much colder than the air above it. This condition is common over snow, ice and cold water surfaces. When very cold air lies below warm air, light rays are bent downward toward the surface, thus tricking our eyes into thinking an object is located higher or is taller in appearance than it actually is."
So here are mirage photos of the "tall" mountains across the bay in Honduras. We normally can't see these on clear days.
|Heavy clouds overhead trapping the cold air below. You can see the mountains behind Little Monkey Caye.|
|A slightly better view from out on our dock.|
Another magical dawn.