Last month I found myself back in Cusuco National Park. It is one of the most stunning places I've ever been, and this trip was a pleasure as ever. We were specifically trying to find out more about the natural history of the Exquisite Spike-Thumbed Frog (Plectrohyla exquisita), a gorgeous but enigmatic little creature that is critically endangered and found nowhere else on earth.
Myself, Jonathan Kolby and Ben Mirin have been specifically trying to capture the call of this frog, which has never been heard before (to our knowledge). This involved the usual trials and tribulations of working with the frogs of Cusuco (constantly hiking up and down a boldery river with camera and sound equipment), but this time we also added round the clock surveys. We wanted to be out at all times of the day and night to work out when they are most active. A few nights we even woke up at 1am and hiked for several hours, which’ll mess with you.
This place never ceases to amaze me and this blog is mostly to share my photos from such a beautiful place. The video should be published later in the year by Biographic and will tell you all you need to know about what we did and what we found (because we found some pretty exciting stuff)!
A huge thanks to Miguelito, Santiago and Ana, who made the whole thing possible for us.