On a tree not far from the Cuiaba river in Porto Jofre I saw several species of crackers in the typical upside down posture. This however is my first of this particular species, and is a real beauty.

You rarely see them up close or on the ground, so sometimes a long lens is the only way to get a decent shot.

The name cracker is based on the sound it sometimes makes – a cracking sound – which to date I’ve not heard.

Update 13 Feb 2021:
Changed ID from Hamadryas velutina to Hamadryas laodamia, as “A male of velutina never has this wide open spaces without little blue dots in the forewings.” please see details here:

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 2500
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 s