Archive for 'Mammals'

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 […]

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 […]

Tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)

Visiting diverse and pristine habitats as that of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is amazing, but also poses one problem! Nigh and day is equally busy with life, so which of the two do you focus on? I am not really a morning person, so I should perhaps be up all night here, […]

Kinkajou (Potos flavus)

I wish I had more time here at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), as I would then had time to focus on nocturnal life in addition to the diurnal. A couple of nights I did manage to stay up a few hours to look for nocturnal fauna, and the forest was teaming with […]

Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon at Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) I visited this oxbow lake where a tiny family of giant otters have managed to raise 3 young to the stage where they are weaned and have become quite the nuisance as they still want food for free. The young otter is making […]

Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus)

There are many groups of both spider and howler monkeys roaming the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and this group turned up as I was photographing flowers. They were inquisitive and calm, and some stopped to check me out, but the group was on the move so they had to follow – […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After my encounter with George just a few minutes ago, that came to an abrupt halt due to a thunderbolt that scared him off, I headed downstream and back to Porto Jofre. Just around a bend in the river I got a glimpse of yet another Jaguar! How interesting! 4 days with just a 3 […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After 4 days here in Jaguarland I’ve seen a jaguar for a merely 3 seconds – not enough to even get a shot! This being my last day I was hoping for a longer encounter, but as the day progressed it did not look very promising. We took some new routes, but not a single […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After waiting a long while for George, the name assigned him from those protecting and keeping score of the population here, to move out of the thickets, the weather changed. One thunderstorm that seemed far away, was quickly joined by several others, that soon joined and became one major storm. This was the cue for […]

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

After many days in the north of Pantanal I had just seen a jaguar for 3 seconds – too brief to even photograph it. Finally seeing this one I was determined to get a shot no matter what, at least as proof. I was in a boat and the location was very unstable. The only […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

It’s midday and it scorching hot, so what’s better than simply standing in the river? You can see from the absence of ripples that they have been standing absolutely still for quite some time. They feel safe in the water, and cooled now, but they cannot eat here, so hunger will lead them back to […]

Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

For a long time I’ve wanted to see these giants up close, and Pantanal is perhaps the best place to see them. This is the first group I encountered, as they were hunting. This river is wide and powerful, with lots of dense vegetation along the banks, so seeing them was not easy. Photographing them […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

These giant rodents are perhaps the most photographed of all animals of the Pantanal, but most are from afar and generic. I find these animals truly amazing and gentle, and hope these close-ups can convey some of their energy and uniqueness. This is a mature male – identified by the gland on the snout which […]

Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso)

If you’re in a boat up a river or a lake in Pantanal or other places in South America, you’ve definitely seen these bats! If you come too close they quickly disperse from the roost low above the water and close to the thickets on the edge of the water. Sometimes they roost under bridges, […]

Tufted capuchin (Cebus apella)

This group raided the mango trees like there was no tomorrow! They did not pick at random, though. It was the sense of smell that seemed to seal the fate of any given mango. As you can see in these photos they elaborately held the fruit up close to the nose and inhaled. For some […]

Tufted capuchin (Cebus apella)

In this angle I think the name tufted is appropriate, but it’s more commonly known as the brown capuchin. This one is naturally part of a larger group which is looking for food on the grounds of Cristalino Jungle Lodge. They move quickly around, so it’s hard to get a headcount but one this is […]

White-whiskered Spider Monkey (Ateles marginatus)

A group of spider monkeys was accompanying a group of capuchin monkeys. While the capuchins were busy raiding the mango trees in the garden of Cristalino Jungle lodge, this one was just observing the goings on – including me.

Brown Brocket (Mazama nemorivaga)

Astonishingly this brocket was not startled by my approach (a 4×4), so I was able to take a couple of shots before it decided to move on. Pantanal is amazing this way, or at least those areas where landowners long ago have let large portions of their farms revert back to their natural state, including […]

Six-Banded Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus)

As I was focusing on the many small and low plants in the sandy open spaces around the buildings of Pousada Xaraés, this armadillo was passing by. As with the others I’ve encountered here, it was moving quickly, sniffing in one area for a short time, then quickly moving on. Here it’s superficially digging into […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

The fruit of the Acuri palm (Attalea butyracea) is important food for a number of Pantanal bird and mammal species, and here one adult capybara of a family of several youngsters enjoys the ripe (yellow) fruits. It appears the husk is what they prefer, as none of the nuts were cracked open. The capybara should […]

Feral Pig (Sus scrofa)

Once upon a time humans settled on the Pantanal, and they brought pigs. One day some escaped and found lovers in the wild! The result is what you see here. They are a hybrid of domestic and wild pig (peccaries), and is one of very few species allowed to hunt in Pantanal. This sow was […]

Black and Gold Howler (Alouatta caraya)

This part of the Pantanal has numerous forested islands. Islands, as they are truly so during the annual floods, but also virtual islands during the dry season as they have a completely different vegetation than the flood plains. Despite being separated by grasslands and lakes, the howler monkeys thrive here. This encounter was not far […]

Black and Gold Howler (Alouatta caraya)

This part of the Pantanal has numerous forested islands. Islands, as they are truly so during the annual floods, but also virtual islands during the dry season as they have a completely different vegetation than the flood plains. Despite being separated by grasslands and lakes, the howler monkeys thrive here. This encounter was not far […]

Brown Brocket (Mazama nemorivaga)

Once again I was in direct eye contact with a brocket that regarded humans as no threat whatsoever. I was watching from the other side of a shallow river while preparations was made to go canoeing which is a lot of noise and movements. Also called grey brocket.

Tayra (Eira barbara)

Not a common sight, and my first! The guide has lived at Pousada Xaraés for 8 years, and this was hist first sighting too! This one was not so happy about our presence, and I think that’s due to a memory of widespread hunting. It was a very brief encounter unfortunately. Only after reaching the […]

Brown Brocket (Mazama gouazoubira)

It’s uncommon to see wild animals focusing on other (wild) elements. Usually I’m the disturbing factor and focus. Perhaps a jaguar was nearby? From my point of view this was such a peaceful and beautiful experience. The soft light from a setting sun, and the calming of the diurnal fauna. Sounds changing from day to […]

Six-Banded Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus)

I encountered a few armadillos while in Pantanal, and this one was racing in the open landscape. I had to run to keep up! Not because it was disturbed by me, but because of whatever was on its agenda. Also called yellow armadillo.

Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

One of the great opportunities to encounter wildlife is at night, and on the Fazenda San Fransico they arrange night safaris on their extensive road network, much of which is around the rice fields and canals feeding them with water. This cub was coming up from one of these canals, and showed no sign of […]

Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

I was busy photographing butterflies on the river bank when I heard some sounds from the other side of the river. It was the otters! Finally I had the chance to see them – my first time! I jumped into the boat and we carefully closed in on their location – a very dense brush. […]

Lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

The many canals feeding water to the rice fields at Fazenda San Fransico hold a diverse flora and fauna, and in a blink of an eye you may see a tapir – in the middle of the day! It was most likely feeding off the juiciy flora around the canals when we passed by. It […]

Crab-eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous)

The nocturnal activities are as amazing and diverse as the diurnal, and this my first and sighting of a crab-eating fox during my stay at Fazenda San Fransico. Also called common fox, common zorro, forest fox and savannah fox.

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

The walk on the “marsh pier” – a long wooden trail raised more than 2 metres to provide dry footing during the wet season – came to an end way too soon. This was my favourite location of Fazenda San Fransico. The sun was fast moving to the western horizon, and the light was marvelously […]

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

Fazenda San Fransico is around 150 square kilometres large, and around 50% of it is left wild! Basically all the higher areas are used for farming, and the lower – the floodplains – are left untouched. This is the foundation for a huge variety of wildlife, and the now rare marsh deer is one that […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

In Pantanal some groups of capybaras are almost tame, and this one was no exception, as it seemingly regarded my passing as the river itself. This is not the case when a jaguar is nearby, as this is the favourite prey. In Bolivia they were much more wary of humans, as they are commonly hunted […]

Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)

The Giant Anteater is threatened and thus not common to see – even in Pantanal. I was really grateful to see it the very first morning of my stay, and hoped to see it again. But this was the only time during my 3 nights at Fazenda San Fransico!

Nine-Banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)

During the hours between 18:00 and 09:00 when the Iguaçu National Park on the Brazilian side is closed, and only guests of the Hotel das Catarates have access, you will most likely see a lot more of the local fauna. This armadillo was foraging alongside the path following the falls.

Pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus)

This was my first steps on top of the Huanchaca Plateau (Caparú Meseta), and what a welcome! The deer just looked at me and went on chewing for some time, and then leisurely went away. Apparently it did not get our scent, and without it it I was perhaps just another animal? Altitude: 821 metres.

Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek)

During my 2 weeks in the Bolivian Amazon I only had this very brief encounter. They are always on the move, so dependent on the size of the group they can pass you in less than a minute. As the encounter happens in a dense jungle and I’m looking high up in the canopy, it’s […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

A very common mammal, and perhaps the most abundant in Madidi. My trip out of Madidid provided the most sightings, and several resting as seen here. This is another family a little further down Tuichi River.

Black-capped capuchin (Cebus apella)

I haven’t been able to find any resource describing which of these two distinctly different facial patterns are male and female, but I assume the first one is an older male. They are both in the same group, so I doubt there are two different species of Cebus. This one seems to have lost a […]

Black-capped capuchin (Cebus apella)

When a group of 20-30 monkeys rush through the canopy, it’s like swarm of sounds and movements. You mostly see some feet, tails, or furry bodies jump in and out of sight. Knowing exactly where they will jump is one thing, another is to actually catch the entire body in flight! A zoom lens would […]

Bolivian red howler (Alouatta sara)

I heard one or more groups every day, but seeing them was another matter. This was my closet encounter during my stay.

Black-headed squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis)

Most of the time you hear but don’t see the monkeys, as they are in the canopy, high above you in a very sharp background – the sky. If you’re lucky you get a few glimpses, and even more lucky if you can get a clear shot between the leaves. This was a quite large […]

Black-headed squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis)

Even though I was in a canoe on the Chalalan lake, and these monkeys were moving through the trees next to the lake, it was very hard to get clear views and shots of these agile and fast moving monkeys. Fortunately some could not resist eating on their way to the roost, and among those […]

Black-capped capuchin (Cebus apella)

Yum-yum! If the monkeys are busy eating, they can be quite difficult to spot, and only when they move you’ll have an idea of their location by the branches moving. But still they are mostly hidden in the foliage. This one was happy to sit in the open, which I think could be dangerous as […]

Lowland paca (Cuniculus paca)

This was my first mammal sighting in the Madidi National Park, and was very promising as this was just a few hundred metres after crossing the park’s border (the GPS coordinates are from a bit further upstream, as my camera did not have GPS lock here)! That said, it seemed to be in very poor […]

Southern Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna vicugna)

My first sight of this group was a couple lying in the dirt road! Completely chilled and did not bother to get up before the car was quite close. Even then they just leisurely moved on into the vast landscape. A hunted herd would be extremely stressed and run far away! The northern and southern […]

Andean hairy armadillo (Chaetophractus nationi)

My first and only sighting the this species, and I was in luck as this species is hunted to such an extent that it’s now red listed as vulnerable by IUCN. How much so became clear as my driver ran up to the animal and looked at it more as a food item than an […]

Southern viscacha (Lagidium viscacia)

If it doesn’t move, the Viscacha is near impossible to see. The color is so similar to the rocks, sand and shrubs, that it’s only patience or luck that makes you see it. This was on my way out of the Sajama National park, and it was not far away from the car, and did […]

Northern Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna mensalis)

Leaving the Sajama National Park, I had the first sighting of the northern Vicuna. They were gracing on the top of this hill, and was not particularily disturbed by the car or my camera – a good sign that they are not hunted in the park. Altitude: 4251 metres.

Common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus)

This was the only encounter I had with this species. You may see them anywhere, and in this case I didn’t have to go more than a few metres from my cabana. Their sounds are high pitched and short burst: Sound recording courtesy of

Golden-mantled Tamarin (Saguinus tripartitus)

This monkey has inspired the Anangu Quichua community, as this is the logo of Napo Wildlife Center! They are quite small – up to 24 cm/9.4 inches from nose to the beginning of the tail, and weigh up to about 500 grams / 1.1 pounds They are not disturbed by people watching them from their […]

White-tailed Titi (Callicebus discolor)

The scientific name has several English names attached to it: Red Titi and Dusky Titi, the latter used in the “Napo Wildlife Center’s fauna” booklet. This monkey has an extraordinary morning call – here are two individuals calling (courtesy of Primate Info Net and Di Fiore & Fernandez-Duque):

White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus albifrons)

Many species of monkeys roam the land of Napo Wildlife Center. Best time to see them is when they are foraging for food like here, before 07:00 in the morning! Getting a clear view of them is a totally different matter. This time I was lucky as the clutch of fruit was in the open […]

Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki)

The landing on Punta Espinoza is a wide open sandy beach amidst young lavarock, that looks like solidified manure. I saw many sea lion pups here, and this one was the cutest – curious, but mostly into observing. Others were extremely playful and inquisitive, and I felt I had to move out of the way, […]

Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki)

The only beach on Genovesa was crowded with sea lions resting in the sun. The fur seal is smaller with a shorter snout and bigger front flippers – which make them much better rock climbers than the sea lions. The fur seal prefers rocky coastline and cliffs with easy access to the deeper ocean and […]

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.