We leave tomorrow for Peru! Looking forward to new adventures in familiar and unfamiliar places with new and old friends. As always, hoping for lots of (night) monkey sightings!
Sand-colored nighthawks (Chordeiles rupestris) roost on a fallen tree along the Madre de Dios River in Manu National Park, Peru. Nighthawks leave their roosts at night to hunt insects.
Have you ever woken up to the sound of titi monkeys? It’s quite an experience. Looking forward to seeing these noisy buddies again in a couple of weeks.
I started following a bird call I didn’t recognize on a hike recently and was delighted to find this summer tanager (Piranga rubra) who was later joined by a female. Summer tanagers, formerly classified in the tanager family, are now recognized as being part of the cardinal family because of their plumage and vocalizations.
Part of the excitement of travel is the trip planning and anticipation of adventure!
A white-tail deer buck seen on an evening walk.
Why, that’s the most perfectly intact snake skin I’ve ever seen. The eye sockets and mouth were still perfectly formed.
I made this image of Will the first summer we met. It’s now on display as part of the “Reverie” exhibition @atlantaphotographygroup. Honored to be among the artists represented. Super thanks to @digitalartsstudio who managed to help me print in time (despite being in Peru without the file). #atlantaphotographygroup #gallery #makeart #fineartphotography #documentaryphotography #reverie #daydream #summer #print #nikon #exhibition #photoexhibition #atlanta #atlantaart
Dusk settling over Las Piedras, Peru. @amazon_center
Spider monkeys have a way of making most days brighter. This individual was photographed at beautiful LPAC (@amazon_center).
Tiny, feisty Saddle-back tamarins are often hard to photograph because they bounce back and forth between trees so quickly. Lucky for me, this one paused momentarily to eat.
Come to the woods, for here is rest. ~ John Muir. Some spaces you enter and immediately feel more at peace. This section of forest at Manu Learning Center (@creesfoundation) was one of those places for me.
Still one of my favorite wildlife encounters was a giant anteater I saw during a sun shower at Las Piedras Amazon Center (@amazon_center). The anteater must have not seen or heard me and my smell must not have caused alarm, because it got within a meter of me while I stood still and photographing it. I finally had to move slowly so it could see me. I was a bit spellbound the rest of the day.
When your day starts like this, it’s hard not to be in a good mood.
Fig tree illuminated, Romero, Manu National Park, Peru.
No jungle trip is complete without waking up to the roar of howler monkey calls in the morning. Aren’t they a beautiful color too?
Within a couple hundred meters on the orchid trail at @wayqecha we encountered a Gray-breasted mountain toucan (Andigena hypoglauca), a Crimson-mantled woodpecker (Colaptes rivolii), and a Hooded mountain-tanager (Buthraupis montaña). The bird biodiversity in this cloud forest elevational range is truly remarkable. @amazonconservation
Finally back from Peru! Met some incredible herps on this latest adventure including this beauty we found hunting in a stream at Manu Learning Centre (@creesfoundation). I believe it is a velvety swamp snake (Liophis typhlus). Can anyone help me with the id? Thanks!
Hello again, Peru. May the jungle adventures begin!