Tag Archives: Amazon rainforest

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 […]

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. Aperture: ƒ/11 Camera: NIKON D7100 Focal length: 105mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/60 s

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. Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1250 […]

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1250 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

Dioclea grandiflora

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. Aperture: ƒ/20 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1250 Shutter […]

Dioclea grandiflora

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/13 […]

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/20 […]

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! Aperture: ƒ/20 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: […]

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. Aperture: ƒ/13 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2000 […]

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. Aperture: ƒ/11 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal […]

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 🙂 Aperture: […]

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 🙂 Aperture: […]

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/22 […]

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 🙂 Aperture: […]

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). Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1600 Shutter speed: 1/100 s

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. Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 500 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1250 Shutter speed: 1/160 s

ARCC insect 05 (Heteroptera)

Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/11 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/250 s

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/11 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/80 s

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/10 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2500 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2500 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

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 […]

ARCC plant 02

Fruit on a vine in the gloom of the forest floor in the forest of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2500 Shutter speed: 1/40 s

ARCC dragonfly 03

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 […]

ARCC dragonfly 02

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 […]

ARCC dragonfly 01

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 […]

Rainbow Metalmark (Caria trochilus)

A large tree had fallen down, and under the root a small pond had formed. This together with a cone of light where the canopy of the fallen tree once was, I found so many interesting insects that had found this temporary opportunity in the forest surrounding the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in […]

ARCC heliconia 03

I found many heliconia species in the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center, and some right outside my cabin. This one looks like Heliconia metallica, but I need a positive ID, so please help me and leave a comment if you know. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: […]

ARCC lepidoptera 04 (Caeruleuptychia sp)

There are many trails around Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and although many find the forest dark and lifeless compared to the canopy, you only need to take it slow, and you’ll see how it’s teeming with life. On just one point of one of the trails I found many species of butterflies. Most […]

Pythonides grandes

I found many butterflies around the dark forest floor of the forest surrounding the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Many are so well camouflaged that they are invisible when the rest on leaf litter. Some, like this one, are very visible when they sit in the few rays of sunlight passing through the canopy […]

ARCC lepidoptera 02

I found many butterflies around the dark forest floor of the forest surrounding the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Many are so well camouflaged that they are invisible when they rest on leaf litter. It’s even also hard to see when when it’s sitting on fresh leaves, as the background is leaf litter and […]

Pierella lena

I found many butterflies around the dark forest floor of the forest surrounding the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Many are so well camouflaged that they are invisible when they rest on leaf litter. Thanks to Kim Garwood for ID confirmation. Aperture: ƒ/10 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2500 Shutter speed: 1/80 […]

ARCC plant 01 (Clavija sp)

At first this seemed like a struggling tree species looking for light, but at closer look it was full of flowers and thus at home in the shadows on the forest floor at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in Peru. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: […]

ARCC plant 01 (Clavija sp)

At first this seemed like a struggling tree species looking for light, but at closer look it was full of flowers and thus at home in the shadows on the forest floor at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in Peru.. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: […]

ARCC insect 04

The forest around the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is teaming with insects and some are really hard to see, like this stick-insect. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2500 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

ARCC insect 03

The forest around the Amazon Research and Conservation Center is teaming with insects (ARCC), and on the base of a tree I found many attracted to sap coming out of the tree. Several species come here, and some are able to eat into the bark and reach the sap – this grasshopper is one of […]

ARCC insect 02

The forest around the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is teaming with insects, and on the base of a tree I found many attracted to sap coming out of the tree. Several species come here, and some are able to eat into the bark and reach the sap. Yet others, like this species, come […]

ARCC insect 01

The forest around the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is teaming with insects, and on the base of a tree I found many attracted to sap coming out of the tree. Several species come here, and some are able to eat into the bark and reach the sap. Yet others, like this species, use […]

ARCC plant 00

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 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/100 s

Bog orchid (Habenaria sp)

As the name implies this is an orchid that thrives in very wet environments, and this is as wet as it can be – a float of vegetation on the oxbow lake at the amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in Peru. In seems it is on solid ground, but this is in fact a […]

Ladder-tailed nightjar (Hydropsalis climacocerca)

Here in the Peruvian Amazon I found many nightjars around an oxbow lake at Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and this one was perched in plain sight quite far out on the lake. They are so well camouflaged, that only when you know the anatomy of trees and branches will you suspect a perched […]

Black-capped donacobius (Donacobius atricapilla)

Where there’s water there’s Black-capped donacobius, and the oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) is no exception – you’ll hear and see them all the time. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Green kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana)

The Oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) offers many excellent opportunities for those interested in photographing or observing flora and fauna. This is a common kingfisher, and I’ve photographed it many times, but here I found the colors particularly beautiful. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: […]

ARCC spider 01

Diversity in the virgin rainforest surrounding the amazon Research and Conservation Center is incredible, and I think if I only focused on spiders I would have needed many stays here to identify them all. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/13 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 3200 Shutter […]

Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloroptera)

Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus)

This clay-lick is about one our boat drive downstream from the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) in the Peruvian Amazon. This lick was dominated by the red-and-green Macaw, but if you look closely on the top of the image, just a bit to the left, you’ll see a pair of green parakeets waiting for […]

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 […]

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

The iconic Hoatzin is a strange looking bird as well as in behaviour, but it’s also beautiful I think. It’s like no other bird! It raises the head plume as seen here when excited – by each other or passers by like me. Nice hairdo! This is from the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) […]

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 […]

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

I’m fascinated by these prehistoric-like birds of the Amazon rainforest – they are like no other bird! They can hardly fly, they sound like a magpie stuck on the first note during the day, and they sound otherworldly at night especially around full moon. Here they’re temporarily perched on a fallen tree in the oxbow […]

ARCC insect 06 (Heteroptera)

There are several beautiful specimens of heliconias growing in the garden of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and when in bloom they are a great place to observe the myriads of birds and insects visiting. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm […]

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 – […]

ARCC bush cricket 01

Just walking amongst the buildings of Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) will reveal lots of insects, and this female is one of several species of tettigoniidae living here. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2000 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Golden silk orb-weaver (Nephila sp)

The virgin forest surrounding the Amazon Research and Conservation Center is home to a large number for spider species, and this one was perhaps the most visible of all, as the web was hanging out in the open, between trees, at less than 2 meters above the ground. Please help me identify it – leave […]

Heliconia hirsuta

I found many heliconia species in the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center, and some right outside my cabin. Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: 1/250 s

Heliconia hirsuta

I found many helicoinia species in the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center, and some right outside my cabin. Aperture: ƒ/9 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: 1/320 s

Heliconia rostrata

I found many heliconia species in the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center, and some right outside my cabin. Aperture: ƒ/20 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 1600 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Yellow-headed Sideneck Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis)

On every fallen tree in the oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) there was one or more turtle sunbathing and it seems this rather uncommon species was the most abundant here. Even though I approached them very slowly, they perceived any human a threat and thus jumped into the water for […]

Blue-banded Morpho (Morpho achilles)

Morphos are mesmerizing! In flight you see the flash of blue, but when they sit they’re invisible as they almost never open the wings and the underside is like the surroundings of its environment – the dark and dappled forest floor. This individual is old and torn, perhaps somewhat confused as it’s sitting with open […]

Azure Gallinule (Porphyrio flavirostris)

Usually well hidden inside dense vegetation where the vocalization is the only sign it’s there. The oxbow lake at the Amazon Research and conservation Center provides an excellent way to get up close, as the float is only powered by hand, and thus you can slowly and silently glide along the edges of the lake. […]

Madre de Dios star trails

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 […]

Dusk over Madre de Dios lake

This oxbow lake on the land of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC) provides amazing opportunities for observing wildlife of this remote region of the Peruvian Amazon – Madre de Dios – as it’s an oxbow lake, once part of a river, but now separated, and thus a calm and protected lake. Only in […]

ARCC beetle

One of countless colorful insect species on the doorstep of Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). Please help me identify it – leave a comment :-)’ Aperture: ƒ/14 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 210mm ISO: 2500 Shutter speed: 1/100 s

Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)

My room was in what could best compare with a cul-de-sac – at the very end of the new complex of Cristalino Jungle Lodge, and from my room I could watch all the various birds visiting this fruiting bush. Yet another visitor of this bush, albeit less frequent than for instance the short-billed honeycreeper. It […]

Short-billed Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes nitidus)

My room was in what could best compare with a cul-de-sac – at the very end of the new complex of Cristalino Jungle Lodge, and from my room I could watch all the various birds visiting this fruiting bush. This honeycreeper was perhaps the most frequent visitor. Life’s easy as long as there’s fruit here, […]

Headlight Beetle (Pyrophorus nyctophanus)

This is such a little known annual display in Oct/Nov in some of the forests bordering the Cerrado in Brazil and Bolivia. Each light is a beetle larva attracting prey with its light. This species specializes on termite mounds. Alongside the paths leading deep into the amazonian forest from the library and dining area of […]