Tag Archives: Peru

Spiny orb-weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)

Today Lima with suburbs is huge and have claimed large land areas that were previously lagoons and wetlands made from rivers and springs fed by the Andes. Fortunately there is a tiny portion protected in Lima – Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge – a Ramsar site. When I visited it was low season in regards […]

Neoscona moreli

Today Lima with suburbs is huge and have claimed large land areas that were previously lagoons and wetlands made from rivers and springs fed by the Andes. Fortunately there is a tiny portion protected in Lima – Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge – a Ramsar site. When I visited it was low season in regards […]

Silver Argiope (Argiope argentata)

Today Lima with suburbs is huge and have claimed large land areas that were previously lagoons and wetlands made from rivers and springs fed by the Andes. Fortunately there is a tiny portion protected in Lima – Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge – a Ramsar site. When I visited it was low season in regards […]

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)

There are many hotels very close to the nature reserve in Paracas, and here you will see many birds close to the hotels. As there are no trees here, many like to perch on the poles set up by humans. These terns rest right outside the DoubleTree Resort where I stayed 2 nights.

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

The entire coastline of Peru is a desert, but the cold and nutrient rich ocean is rich with fish due to the cold Humbolt Current. Thus the coast was once teaming with sea birds like these royal terns. Due to human activities the marine birds have become fewer and farther between, and breeding grounds previously […]

Peru Pacific Iguana (Microlophus peruvianus)

The coast of Peru is a desert, and fresh water is only available from springs or rivers fed by the Andes. This lizard was far from any such resources, so I find it incredible it can live here by the ocean. Perhaps it can get sufficient water from the insects it catches on the beach […]

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

A few places rock of unusual colors come up to the surface on the beaches of Peru, and here an entire beach is red by this rock. It has become so popular with tourists and commercial interests that it is now illegal to collect any from the beach. This migrant bird is of course oblivious […]

Paracas

The only feature in a desert like the coast of Peru is that of coloration of the sand or rock, and in some places the shapes of the landscape as is seen here. Here the wind and sun rule, as there is no rain to shape the landscape. On the beach you can see 3 […]

Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvilliorum)

This has become a more uncommon species, and even here around havens like the Ballestas Islands in Peru I saw only a few individuals. None with chicks as I did with the equally uncommon red-legged cormorant.

South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens)

Ballestas Islands off Paracas in Peru is one of very few protected areas of the Puruvian coast, and it’s teaming with life. This group of sea lions seems to relax and enjoy each others company. That is except one. For some reason this individual is snapping at one or more seals. I did not find […]

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

In the waters around the fishing village of Pucusana you’ll encounter many birds of several bird species, and some are very tame like these pelicans. They wait for humans to discard fish waste and here they are fighting over it right outside my boat. Me and the camera got saliva and water all over – […]

Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi)

This is the second of the regional species of cormorant I encountered, also this one becoming more and more rare – just like the guanay cormorant. I was in luck and found this couple with two chicks, but photographing them was really hard as they were located outside the protected harbor of Pucusana, and the […]

Inca Tern (Larosterna inca)

In the harbor and waters around the fishing village of Pucusana in Peru I found lots of inca terns, and some places they were so tame that I could walk among them without disturbing them – other than that they walked a few paces in another direction. Some had chicks, and still they behave very […]

Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

There are a few access roads to the Rio Las Piedras which is the only way to the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and on my way back we chose to drive the one that is the shortest way from ARCC, but is longer on land. This cause some problems when there have been […]

Veined White Skipper (Heliopetes arsalte)

There are a few access roads to the Rio Las Piedras which is the only way to the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and on my way back we chose to drive the one that is the shortest way from ARCC, but is longer on land. This cause some problems when there have been […]

Orcus Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus orcus)

There are a few access roads to the Rio Las Piedras which is the only way to the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and on my way back we chose to drive the one that is the shortest way from ARCC, but is longer on land. This cause some problems when there have been […]

ARCC bee 02

This large and powerful species is out of reach for a human most of the time, except when it lands on one of the riverbanks to lick salts from the ground – deposited by wild animals or humans. This been has been very busy pollinating – the true color is covered by yellow pollen! Please […]

ARCC bee 01

This large and powerful species is out of reach for a human most of the time, except when it lands on one of the riverbanks to lick salts from the ground – deposited by wild animals or humans. You see yellow pollen on wings and head. Please help me identify it – leave a comment […]

Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons)

If you don’t see the nunbirds you definitely hear them, as they are very vocal. I found many of them in the forest aorund the Amazon Research and Conservation Center in Peru, and also found two roosting on palm fronds right outside my cabin every night. As the sunlight diminished they flew to their usual […]

Greater Ani (Crotophaga major)

The oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center is teaming with life, and is an excellent location to get up and close. As there is no current you can drift silently with the wind and when you sit still be somewhat regarded as part of the natural flow of things. Normally the anis […]

Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus)

The oxbow lake at Amazon Research and Conservation Center, deep in the Peruvian Amazon, was almost still as I watched this heron stand perfectly still and then almost eject its bill into the water like a harpoon. The long white head plumes fly in every direction as a result. What really surprised me was the […]

White-banded Swallow (Atticora fasciata)

If you’re on or by a river in the Amazon rain forest you will see this species, sometimes a single one like here, or if you’re lucky maybe a hundred roosting in one place. They usually fly away long before you can get a shot like this, but at this particular moment I was in […]

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

The oxbow lake at the Amazon Reaseach and Conservation Center holds enough fish to support ravenous giant otters, caimans, anhingas and neotropical cormorants. The cormorant is a common bird throughout South America, and this oxbow lake is no exception, but sometimes there are moments where they might sit or do something unusual. In this posture […]

White-bellied Parrot (Pionites leucogaster)

These wonderful and uncommon parrots just flew into the garden of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) and started eating from the fruits of this palm tree. They didn’t stay long, and did not show their front side, so this is all I got. This is what’s so great with ARCC – the garden […]

Gurania makoyana UV

No unusual patterns in UV light.

Heliconia pendula

I found many heliconia species in the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center, and some right outside my cabin. Resembles Heliconia rostrata, but the shape of the bract is longer and pointier on this one, making the opening larger than that of the rostrata.

ARCC plant 10

This is the second species of what seems like a cucumber plant. It too grows on the grounds of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 10

This is the second species of what seems like a cucumber plant. It too grows on the grounds of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 09

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. It looks like Dioclea grandiflora, but I’m not certain, so please […]

ARCC plant 09 (Dioclea sp)

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. It looks like Dioclea grandiflora, but I’m not certain, so please […]

ARCC plant 08

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the building of Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 08

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the building of Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC Catasetum 02

How incredibly lucky I was that this orchid was in bloom when I came by! These flowers are in pristine condition, and I was totally amazed by their incredible design! A few weeks earlier or later, and I would have missed it – timing is everything!

ARCC Catasetum 02

This is the second species of this incredibly strange genus I found here at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Strange, not just by looks, but by the fact it has unisexual flowers. Here you see the female plant. Unfortunately I did not find any male plants on this tree, which really does not […]

ARCC Catasetum 01

This is a very unusual species of orchid in that it has male and female flowers. Here yous see what appears as two different species – the flowers are after all very different. The female plant has pale green flowers, and the colorful ones are on the male plant. For humans to see these orchid […]

Sandbox tree (Hura crepitans)

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the building of Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers and leaves on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy.

Sandbox tree (Hura crepitans)

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. This is the male flower.

ARCC plant 07

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 07

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 06

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. The lake is open and brings permanent sunlight to the plants […]

ARCC plant 06

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. The lake is open and brings permanent sunlight to the plants […]

ARCC plant 11 (Bignoniaceae)

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. Please help med identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 11 (Bignoniaceae)

The oxbow lake just a few meters from the buildings of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is an excellent way to get close to flowers on trees and vines that otherwise are out of reach – many meters up towards the canopy. Please help med identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Blue-crowned trogon (Trogon curucui)

Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) has a canopy tower, and that is an excellent way to experience canopy dwellers. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my long lens here this time, so the trogon is somewhat far away. They can sit for long periods in the same spot, seemingly idle, but the eyes are always focusing […]

Fireflies of Madre de Dios

I stayed many days deep in the Peruvian Amazon, in the biodiverse Madre de Dios region where life is abundant every second of every hour of the day and night. The nights are pitch black and intense with sounds and scents, and only the full moon in a cloudless night will provide rays of light […]

ARCC snake

During our dinner we heard some noise from the next room – cans falling to the floor in the bar. It was caused by this snake that somehow had managed to get inside and now was struggling to find its way out. We let it out in this tree and hopefully it managed to find […]

Spider monkey (Ateles sp)

Almost every day I encountered either spider or howler monkeys. This individual is part of a group I found during one of my many trips on the oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). They have made a float out of two canoes – perfect for photographers and others that want a […]

Bog orchid

In seems it is on solid ground, but this is in fact a float. Underneath it is very deep in some places, so stepping out of the boat is a no go – I tested with a very long stick and it didn’t reach the bottom! Thus I had to photograph from the boat. Please […]

Leonia crassa

This is a very peculiar tree – full of fruits growing from the trunk, not the tip of the branches. I only encountered this tree, which stands in the garden of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC).

Gurania makoyana

A cucumber-like plant I found on the path up from the river, and a few other places around the open areas around the buildings of Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Here a Tettigonidae is paying a visit.

Gurania makoyana

A cucumber-like plant I found on the path up from the river, and a few other places around the open areas around the buildings of Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). One of the pollinators. A decorative plant worthy of a place in a garden, in my opinion. Unfortunately I did not find any with […]

ARCC heliconia 04

I found many heliconia species in the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center, and some right outside my cabin. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC heliconia 04

I found many heliconia species in the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center, and some right outside my cabin. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC insect 05 (Heteroptera)

Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 04

This plant grows in the shadows of the trees – on the forest floor at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in Peru. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 04

This plant grows in the shadows of the trees – on the forest floor at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in Peru. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Eumaeus minyas

I found many butterflies around the dark forest floor of the forest surrounding the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Some so well camouflaged that I couldn’t see them unless they moved of was in flight. This one was one of several exceptions, as its bright spots make it somewhat conspicuous. Thanks to Kim Garwood […]

ARCC plant 03

This plant grows in the shadows of the trees – on the forest floor at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in Peru. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC plant 03

This plant grows in the shadows of the trees – on the forest floor at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in Peru. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

ARCC dragonfly 04

Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is protecting primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, and this is one of countless species of dragonflies I encountered. I found a large fallen tree which had created new opportunities for many species. Now an opening to the sky and sun was available together with a hole in the […]