Blue Dacnis

Blue Dacnis (Female)

We posted a male Blue Dacnis on Tuesday.  Here is a photo of the female.  They both have amazing coloration.

The Blue Dacnis is a small member of the tanager family is found from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina. It is widespread and often common, especially in parts of its South American range.

It occurs in forests and other woodlands, including gardens and parks. The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is of two to three grey-blotched whitish eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.

The Blue Dacnis is about 12.7 cm long and weighs around 13 g. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black around the eyes, and on the throat and back. The wings and tail are black, edged with turquoise. The female and immature are mainly green with a blue head, paler green underparts and green-edged brown wings.

These are social birds which eat mainly insects gleaned from foliage, flowers or bromeliads. Fruit is often taken and usually swallowed whole, but nectar is rarely consumed. The Blue Dacnis’s call is a thin tsip.

Lines of Symmetry

Tres has been working on some geometry recently.  One of the topics is lines of symmetry.  He and I had an extended discussion about how butterflies are almost symmetrical but that as one of nature’s most beautiful creatures they are not 100% symmetrical.  Although, to the naked eye it is sometimes hard to find the discrepancies.  What do you think?

Butterflies - symmetrical or not?

Rainy day in the rainforest

So we had a bit of a rainy day to work with last Friday.  We were going to surf in the afternoon, but the morning was open so we went fishing to catch a fish we could print.  Each of the boys was trying for the fish, but in the end Plato caught it.  After we cleaned the fish in salt, each of the children took turns painting it with acrylic paints and printing onto a shirt.  We were able to finish nine shirts before lunch.  The afternoon was sunny and we spent it in the waves.

Rainy day activities for children at eco adventure lodge

Hanging out at the dock

Among all of the activities the seven children running around here last week partook, the one they enjoyed the most was hanging out at the dock.  Each day of the week the children spent at least a part of the day at the dock.  After each excursion they went swimming at the dock before calling it a day.  These photos are from one day in particular, but they could have been any day.

Boys taking turns jumping off th dockThree girls posing for a photo at the dock