Tag Archives: San Isidro

San Isidro plant 09 (Stigmaphyllon sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

San Isidro plant 05 (Tibouchina sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

San Isidro plant 05 (Tibouchina sp)

The first Melastomataceae I’ve seen so far with 7-petalled flowers – they mostly seem to have 4 or 5 petals. Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Munnozia hastifolia

Altitude 2112 metres.

Munnozia hastifolia

Altitude 2112 metres.

Hydrangea peruviana

Altitude 2112 metres.

Hydrangea peruviana

Finally a specimen not out of reach! I first encountered the infloresence of the Hydrangea peruviana high up towards the canopy in the jungle, but here it was available by the road leading to San Isidro. It has long winding branches almost like a climber. As they grow they reach to a point where gravity […]

San Isidro beetle 03

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 10

Altitude 2105 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Tibouchina lepidota

Some were tree-like in size – more than 3 metres tall and with enormous amount of flowers. These trees were hyptnotizingly beautiful to me and birds & insects alike. Altitude 2105 metres.

Cuphea sp

Altitude 2112 metres.

Cuphea sp

Altitude 2112 metres.

San Isidro plant 04 (Sida sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

San Isidro plant 04 (Sida sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Desmodium campyloclados

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Desmodium campyloclados

Altitude 2112 metres.

Desmodium campyloclados

Altitude 2112 metres.

San Isidro plant 06 (Ludwigia sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

San Isidro plant 01 (Monochaetum)

Altitude 2112 metres.

San Isidro plant 01 (Monochaetum)

One of many species in the Melastomataceae family in Ecuador, and around San Isidro. Altitude 2112 metres.

Solanum quitoense

A very hairy plant – native to Ecuador and named naranjilla. Altitude 2111 metres.

Solanum quitoense

The fruit is edible and I have had many naranjilla smoothies in Ecuador – one of my favourites! Altitude 2111 metres.

Solanum quitoense

Altitude 2111 metres.

San Isidro plant 03 (Clusia sp?)

A fruit that looks like a flower! I wonder what the flowers look like and what creatures are dispersing the small seeds. There is little food for larger animals like birds, but perhaps this is for the ants? Altitude 2070 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Browallia speciosa

Altitude 2070 metres.

Browallia speciosa

Located in dense and dark jungle on the way down to the river Cosanga, with minimal light reaching the plant. Altitude 2070 metres.

Telipogon hirtzii

Altitude 2105 metres.

Emerald (Andean) Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus albivitta)

Even though some birds are quite large, their behavior is often to stay in the canopy and are thus only partly visible. Sometimes they are fully visible only when in flight. My one day at Tinalandia only offered one sighting of the emerald Toucanet, and this is most visible position it offered! If it didn’t […]

Agouti (Dasyprocta sp)

The only mammal I encountered the short time I was here, and what a friendly guest! It was not wary of humans in any large degree, and just went a couple of metres into the thicket if uncertain, and came back shortly thereafter. A regular! Altitude 2106 metres.

Subtropical Cacique (Cacicus uropygialis)

There are 3 caciques that look very similar (Red-rumped, Scarlet and Subtropical) and when the red is concealed it’s even more hard. Again it’s the local bird list and species range that will settle the classification. Here it’s eating from the flowers of the Erythrina edulis tree. Altitude 2112 metres.

Peruvian Antpitta (Grallaricula peruviana)

The lodge currently has two antpitta feeding stations, and this one is by far the darkest and most difficult, as the Peruvians are wary and small. This translates to a great distance (focus distance is 15 metres) between where the worms are placed and where I can stand. Although it’s 08:13 in the morning, it’s […]

White-bellied Antpitta (Grallaria hypoleuca)

This is from the feeding area closest to the lodge and the second species of Antpitta that is now domesticated enough to both accept worms from humans as well as spectators. Without the efforts of the lodge (and other parks in Ecuador) it would be much harder to see them, and most would have to […]

Inca Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)

Possibly the first bird you’ll see when arriving at San Isidro! It’s “all over the place”, yet I didn’t get many good photo opportunities, for some reason. I guess I thought “oh it’s so common I’ll rather focus on the less common birds first”. When I finally took the opportunity it was just an hour […]

Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus)

Trogons are beatiful, but seems to me somewhat lazy. It can sit in one place for a long time – just looking around – seemingly observing. But like all earthly beings, food is one of the top activities. It’s just that the Trogon does it so leisurely. In this picture a female has landed so […]

San Isidro Lepidoptera 09

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 08

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 07

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 06

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 05

The “Smileymoth”? Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

San Isidro Lepidoptera 04

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 03

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 02

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San Isidro beetle 02

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“San Isidro Owl” (Strix sp. nova)

This is one famed family of owls! For years these owls have found their home very close to the houses and is seemingly found every night close to the “streetlights” where they hunt. I only had one night at Sand Isidro, but they did not fail. Both turned up and seemed to regard the humans […]

San Isidro beetle 01

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San Isidro Lepidoptera 01

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Erythrina edulis

The Erythrina family has some of the most wonderful infloresences of any trees, and this one is no exception. I arrived at San Isidro as the twilight was approaching. I was checking out the grounds and was greeted by this one branch hanging down low enough for me to photograph it. Some species grow incredibly […]

Crassilabia

Altitude 2109 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Guzmania squarrosa

One of the most beautiful of the Bromeliads. It’s striking from afar and up close. I didn’t encounter any pollinator on it during my short encounter, perhaps because it was close to the ground, opposed to their normal location up on the branches? Altitude 2109 metres.

San Isidro plant 06 (Ludwigia sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂