Tag Archives: Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

Gomphrena sp

Gomphrena sp

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants.

Gomphrena sp

Gomphrena sp

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants.

Linda’s Emperor (Doxocopa linda)

Linda’s Emperor (Doxocopa linda)

This is from the airstrip in Florida, and being next to Noel Kempff Mercado National Park there are so many different species of butterflies everywhere. The airstrip is no exception! The number of Adelphas was so large, that even back home I am unable to identify the few I managed to photograph! Thanks to Kim […]

Euphorbia sp

Euphorbia sp

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants. Help me identify it – leave a comment!

Euphorbia sp

Euphorbia sp

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants. Help me identify it – leave a comment!

Prestonia erecta

Prestonia erecta

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants. Native range is Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Prestonia erecta

Prestonia erecta

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants. Native range is Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Aspilia leucoglossa

Aspilia leucoglossa

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants. Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Aspilia leucoglossa

Aspilia leucoglossa

I spent very little time on the Cerrado or grassland sections of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, but on my way back to the village of Florida I stopped a few times to shoot some of the more conspicuous plants. Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Headlight Beetle (Pyrophorus nyctophanus)

Headlight Beetle (Pyrophorus nyctophanus)

What an amazing sight! In the middle of the jungle in absolute darkness – a towering structure more than 2 metres tall – is dotted with countless tiny green lanterns!! This is the time of a very strange and deadly event – for the flying termites, that is. The towering structure is a huge termite […]

Wandering spider (Phoneutria reidyi)

Wandering spider (Phoneutria reidyi)

Deep inside Noel Kempff Mercado National Park there are few traces of human activities, and no other way to sleep than making a campground for the night. There are several campgrounds, but as this is the jungle and few visitors come here, they are quickly reclaimed by nature. This location is at the very end […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 14 (Melastomataceae)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 14 (Melastomataceae)

I observed new (to me at least) and different species of plants wherever I looked, and even though I left the the plateau the very same trail walked up, I saw new and interesting plants all the time! With the enormous diversity of flora in this park, one would need years to see and photograph […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 14 (Melastomataceae)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 14 (Melastomataceae)

I observed new (to me at least) and different species of plants wherever I looked, and even though I left the the plateau the very same trail walked up, I saw new and interesting plants all the time! With the enormous diversity of flora in this park, one would need years to see and photograph […]

Cliff Flycatcher (Hirundinea ferruginea)

Cliff Flycatcher (Hirundinea ferruginea)

A perfect spot for a flycatcher – a dead branch overlooking a wide area of land. It seemed at ease with humans approaching, and was busy chasing prey, grooming and stretching wings in various postures. It sounds like this:

Red Tanager (Piranga flava rosacea)

Red Tanager (Piranga flava rosacea)

The color of this bird is like a flash of red in a sea of green! This bird definitely wants to bee seen, and despite several species of bird of prey, the visibility does not seem to be a disadvantage in this landscape of scattered trees and open landscape. Altitude: 671 metres. It sounds like […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 13 (Heliantheae)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 13 (Heliantheae)

I observed new (to me at least) and different species of plants wherever I looked, and even though I left the the plateau the very same trail walked up, I saw new and interesting plants all the time! With the enormous diversity of flora in this park, one would need years to see and photograph […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 13 (Heliantheae)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 13 (Heliantheae)

I observed new (to me at least) and different species of plants wherever I looked, and even though I left the the plateau the very same trail walked up, I saw new and interesting plants all the time! With the enormous diversity of flora in this park, one would need years to see and photograph […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 12 (Heliantheae)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 12 (Heliantheae)

I observed new (to me at least) and different species of plants wherever I looked, and even though I left the the plateau the very same trail walked up, I saw new and interesting plants all the time! With the enormous diversity of flora in this park, one would need years to see and photograph […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 12 (Heliantheae)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 12 (Heliantheae)

I observed new (to me at least) and different species of plants wherever I looked, and even though I left the the plateau the very same trail walked up, I saw new and interesting plants all the time! With the enormous diversity of flora in this park, one would need years to see and photograph […]

Cuphea myrtifolia

Cuphea myrtifolia

Altitude: 767 metres. Native range is Bolivia to Brazil.

Ichthyothere terminalis

Ichthyothere terminalis

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude: 806 metres. Native range is tropical south America.

Ichthyothere terminalis

Ichthyothere terminalis

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude: 806 metres. Native range is tropical south America.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 10 (Anthurium sp)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 10 (Anthurium sp)

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Please help identify it – leave a comment. Altitude: 806 metres.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 10 (Anthurium sp)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 10 (Anthurium sp)

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Please help identify it – leave a comment. Altitude: 806 metres.

Palicourea coriacea

Palicourea coriacea

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude: 806 metres. Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Palicourea coriacea

Palicourea coriacea

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude: 806 metres. Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Spiranthera odoratissima

Spiranthera odoratissima

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude: 806 metres. Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Spiranthera odoratissima

Spiranthera odoratissima

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. The scent from this flower is simply amazing – sweet, deep and intoxicating! I wonder what the fruit looks like! Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Huanchaca Plateau

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Huanchaca Plateau

I was hoping for a thunderstorm, as the dark and fast approaching clouds looked promising! Unfortunately for me, there was no thunderstorm – only strong wind and a brief shower. Typical of this time of year, before the wet season has really kicked in. It was as the rain was pouring down I startled what […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park – Huanchaca Plateau

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Huanchaca Plateau

The plateau is of sufficient height to create its own weather, and during the later parts of the dry season the showers appeared like clockwork after noon. The wind picked up, and the sky darkened fast. I was hoping for a thunderstorm! Altitude: 835 metres.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park – Huanchaca Plateau

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Huanchaca Plateau

The temperature was very high, and I found it hard to cool down, as the plateau is open and without any cooling shades. That was until I arrived at the edge of the plateau. Here the updrafts were very strong, and I was dried in seconds! Adding the incredible view I really enjoyed dangling my […]

Tropidurus melanopleurus

Tropodurus chromatops

This species is a specialized climber, preferring the sheer cliffs of the Huanchaca Plateau and the strong winds there. The wind brings with it lots of insects, and that’s perhaps the reason it mostly prefers a vertical life? The only species I found here during my very short stay.

Eriope crassipes

Eriope crassipes

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude: 839 metres. Native range is much of South America.

Eriope crassipes

Eriope crassipes

As I visited at the end of the dry season, the plateau was lush and green. Many of the plants species were in full bloom. Huanchaca Plateau is also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude: 839 metres. Native range is much of South America.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Huanchaca Plateau

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Huanchaca Plateau

From afar the plateau looks flat, but it’s far from it. It’s dotted with strange formations like this one – shaped by rain, wind and sun. If this was in northern Europe I would assume the large rock was left behind by a glacier, but this is in fact a natural horizontal crack in the […]

Pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus)

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.

Palicourea sp

Palicourea sp

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Please help me identify it – leave a comment. Altitude: 822 metres.

Palicourea sp

Palicourea sp

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Please help me identify it – leave a comment. Altitude: 822 metres.

Jacaranda rufa

Jacaranda rufa

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 822 metres. Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Jacaranda rufa

Jacaranda rufa

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 822 metres. Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Stachytarpheta gesnerioides

Stachytarpheta gesnerioides

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 819 metres. Native range is Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Stachytarpheta gesnerioides

Stachytarpheta gesnerioides

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 819 metres. Native range is Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Lippia lupulina

Lippia lupulina

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 803 metres. Native range is Brazil to Argentina.

Lippia lupulina

Lippia lupulina

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 803 metres. Native range is Brazil to Argentina.

Cayaponia espelina

Cayaponia espelina

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 795 metres. Native range is Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Cayaponia espelina

Cayaponia espelina

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 795 metres. Native range is Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

As I’m sitting on the edge of the sheer cliff to cool off in the strong updrafts, this juvenile was checking me out a couple of times. Usually you only see them soar high above, but this is sufficiently high for many of the local vulturs to be level with you during their many “patrols”. […]

Wild Pineapple (Ananas sp)

Wild Pineapple (Ananas sp)

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. This species is also found on the pampas part of the park. Altitude: 795 metres. Please help me […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 01

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 01

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 733 metres. Please help me identify it – leave a comment.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 01

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park plant 01

As I got close to the Huanchaca Plateau I noticed many new types of plants compared to further down the slopes of the plateau, and it seemed to increase as I closed in on the plateau itself. Altitude: 733 metres. Please help me identify it – leave a comment.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park – Huanchaca Plateau

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park – Huanchaca Plateau

This is the first glimpse of the plateau also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú). Altitude 734 metres.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

At 700 metres elevation you are closing in on the plateau and here you can see the Chaplin lake (Laguna Chaplin) in the distance. To the bottom right, you see one of the lower parts of the Meseta (also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú)). As the rainy season is underway, you’ll see rain showers […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

As you walk upwards to the Huanchaca Plateau (also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú)) you will see more and more of the large park, and this is my first glimpse of it! Here you can see the drier pampas in the distance, and the dense jungle closer to the Meseta.

Agathina Emperor (Doxocopa agathina)

Agathina Emperor (Doxocopa agathina)

A beautiful butterfly I also saw in Bolivian Amazon. The blue is changing with the angle of the light, so sometimes it seems to have very little blue, and in other angles it’s really striking. This is by the stream/waterfall we cross on the way to the Huanchaca Plateau (also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de […]

Smith's Pixie (Melanis smithiae)

Smith’s Pixie (Melanis smithiae)

The very first of the species for me in Bolivia, and one of countless gorgeous butterfly species here in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. This is by the stream/waterfall we cross on the way to the Huanchaca Plateau (also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú)) and is sometimes used as a camp when it’s not […]

Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek)

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 […]

Chamaecostus acaulis

Chamaecostus acaulis

An incredibly fragile inflorescence. It’s a kind of ginger and is edible. I found them in many dense groups on the jungle floor not far from where the landscape is rising towards the walls of the Huanchaca Plateau (also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú)). Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

Blue-throated Piping Guan (Pipile cumanensis)

Blue-throated Piping Guan (Pipile cumanensis)

I saw the species in Madidi as well, and although not really disturbed by my presence they are hard to see in the clear as the jungle in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is dense and dark. On the ground they prefer more distance and are harder still to see or photograph. Listed by IUCN […]

Mesentina Sister (Adelpha mesentina)

Mesentina Sister (Adelpha mesentina)

The diversity of butterflies here is staggering, and only when I got home did I see that what I briefly in the field thought of as the same species of Adelpha indeed was not, and needs an expert’s help to identify! Thanks to Kim Garwood for identification.

Spix’s Guan (Penelope jacquacu)

Spix’s Guan (Penelope jacquacu)

The second species of Guan I saw in this park, and both in the trees. When on the ground they are quick to run and hard to see as there are few clearings in the dense jungle of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. It sounds like this:

Amazon Cracker (Hamadryas chlöe)

Amazon Cracker (Hamadryas chlöe)

A very short encounter while my guides used chainsaws to clear fallen trees off the dirt road on our way to the base camp. The crackers are sometimes sitting so high on trees you need a telephoto lens to capture them – this one was briefly sitting low on this trunk – time enough for […]

Mesentina Sister (Adelpha mesentina)

Mesentina Sister (Adelpha mesentina)

Identifying the Adelphas is not easy, and in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park they are so plentiful that your analytical skills are really put to the test. Thanks to Kim Garwood for identification.

Mesentina Sister (Adelpha mesentina)

Mesentina Sister (Adelpha mesentina)

The diversity of butterflies here is staggering, and only when I got home did I see that what I briefly in the field thought of as the same species of Adelpha indeed was not, and needs an expert’s help to identify!

Green Mantle (Caria mantinea)

Green Mantle (Caria mantinea)

A very tricky butterfly to follow, and when my salty pants seemed the only interesting spot to land I was out of options and had to accept that this would be the only shot I would get. With much more time, I would of course get some decent shots of this magnificent butterfly. The amount […]

Adelpha sp

Adelpha sp

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park beetle 01

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park beetle 01

An incredibly strong color blue beetle, that according to my local guide produces a terrible smell as a defense. I didn’t check, so I don”t really know. Please help me identify it – leave a comment.

Heraclides torquatus

Heraclides torquatus

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)

Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Heraclides anchisiades)

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Heraclides anchisiades)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Rothschild’s Swordtail (Protesilaus earis)

Rothschild’s Swordtail (Protesilaus earis)

The different species of Protesilaus can be difficult to identify, but if you think of the thick black bars on the forewing as a barcode, you actually have a way of separating them. The particular of this one is that the fourth bar (counting bottom-up) is almost non-existing. Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the […]

Glittering Sapphire (Lasaia agesilas)

Glittering Sapphire (Lasaia agesilas)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Polyctor Skipper (Polyctor polyctor)

Polyctor Skipper (Polyctor polyctor)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Pale Sulphur (Aphrissa statira)

Pale Sulphur (Aphrissa statira)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Tomato (Temenis laothoe)

Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Red Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

Red Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Bell’s Paradise Skipper (Phocides metrodorus)

Bell’s Paradise Skipper (Phocides metrodorus)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]

Hübner’s Sister (Adelpha plesaure)

Hübner’s Sister (Adelpha plesaure)

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has the river Paraguá as a natural border in the west, and on the shores of the river you’ll see a large number of insect species, including butterflies. So even though the community of Florida is cattle land, and typically has human waste of different categories, the proximity to the […]