A very early start by canoe through the rivers of the Santa Elena conservation area near Rioja, in San Martin, Peru. The area of the reserve covers several thousand hectares and is accessible only by canoe via rio romero, rio negro and rio mayo. The area is covered in dense jungle with lots of vines, bromeliads, orchids. This morning we saw squirrel monkeys, tamarins, and one other species that I dont have an id for yet - we also heard howler monkeys. All the monkeys were quite timid but the squirrel monkeys were by far the least so - although it was still difficult to get a clear shot in the low light.
Black moth with blueish hints and orange stripe down each wing
brightly coloured grasshopper seen in upland jungle of peruvian san martin (amazon) region at the start of the wet season. Bright green legs and face with reddish-brown eyes, brown upper body and dark 'knees'
Yellow and black. Seen in field with lots of ferns and long grass at the very edge of some virgin jungle (alto mayo - high jungle of Peru) in bright sunlight just before the rainy season started.
Grey wings, blue hairy body, brown, white and black hairy head, distinctive yellow circle at bottom of each wing filled with black and two white patches (smaller versions of the same on wing tips). Seen in the high jungle of Peru, west of Andes in the Amazonian San Martin Region. At start of wet season in a damp, shady valley with lots of foliage and ferns.
I've seen a number of toucans distantly in the trees around here in the high jungle of San Martin, Peru, over the last few weeks - their outlines clearly visible high in the tree tops, silhouetted against the sky, but before I can get in range for a shot, they're gone. This evening I got close enough in the fading for these 2 shots which aren't great photos but hopefully enough to identify it.
saw this guy at the entrance to a steep-sided jungle valley about 500 metres from nearest dirt road and about 2km from town just south of Moyobamba in the high jungle San Martin region of Peru
The first thing I knew about this guy was that he was slapping into the window of the house on the outside. I was sitting inside. I grabbed the camera and ran out. He was crawling on the wall and quickly flew back onto the window and crept into this nook in the window frame. He slept for the day there. When I looked last night he was gone. The house is a farm house about 2km out of town surrounded by some cultivated land, lots of fruit trees, some cattle. It's the rainy season and nearby is some virgin forest. Altitude is about 900m. The guardian of the house told me today that the bats around here eat fruit and suck animal blood - I have no idea about this one.
Saw this guy today rummaging through recently turned dry dirt in the vegetable garden. He didnt seem too concerned by me. The location is about 2km from town in garden surrounded by jungle. Very bright green with lovely turquoise blue flashes on hind legs.
Another Hummingbird from the Orquidiario Wakanki outside Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru. Having problems getting this one identified.
Spotted this crossing some cultivated ground covered in dried leaves on the edge of jungle - in the selva alta region around Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru. Obviously I thought it was a twig moving but on a closer look I saw this .. crazy face looking directly at my lens with big eyes and what looks like a smile for the camera!
Another hummingbird seen at the Wakanki Orquidiario outside the town of Moyobamba in the high jungle (Selva Alta) of Peru.
I saw this on the River Romero in the Santa Elena reserve near Rioja, San Martin, Peru. The region is Selva Alta (high jungle). The reserve is well protected and has been so for more than 10 years but is not very developed nor overly-visited. This was seen about an hour by boat from the main entrance to the reserve.
I saw this on a jungle path through a quebrada about 1km behind the Wakanki Orquidiario near Moyobamba, Peru. It was the very start of the wet summer season. The area was quite shady, lots of green foliage, and damp. The insect was approx 4-5 inches long not including the incredibly long feelers on its head. It was very smooth to look at and a beautiful red and black.
At the Wakanki Qrquidiario just outside Moyobamba in the high jungle (Alta Selva) of Peru, there is a colibri garden at the back where there are a huge number of hummingbirds feeding from natural flowers and feeders. This is just one I saw there.
This guy appeared in the middle of the living room floor about an hour after dark and stood there without moving for a few minutes. The place where we live is rural, about 2 kms outside a provincial town and surrounded behind by high jungle (selva alta). I got a few photos with the coin to measure its size - the coin is slightly under an inch in diameter. Then with the help of a broom, we gently guided him towards the door to which he ran happily and quickly.
Seen along the Cumbasa River
Seen along the edge of the Chumbasa River.
Amphisbaena alba is one of the most common herps at Alto Mayo valley (870- 900 m NN), related to Atta ant nests. We have weekly sightings and try to train our workers not to kill those animals. In my opinion, A. alba might feed also on giant earth worms and is possibly a prey of a large local Micrurus species. Until now, I saw only adults during the past 30 years- never juveniles. This species is also present in the Tropical Dry Forest belt of the Huallaga Central (Juan Guerra, 12 km south of Tarapoto).
Ameerega trivittata were calling under a log in a forest near Pongo de Cainarachi, Peru.
Ameerega pongoensis from the area around Pongo de Cainarachi, Peru.
Allobates femoralis from around Chazuta, Peru.
Ameerega cainarachi from the area around Chazuta, Peru.
Ameerega bassleri found near a dry stream around Chazuta, Peru.
Ranitomeya variabilis from around Chazuta, Peru.
Ranitomeya imitator from around Tarapoto, Peru.
Ranitomeya imitator from around Pongo de Cainarachi, Peru.
Ranitomeya imitator from around Chazuta, Peru.
Ranitomeya fantastica from around Pongo de Cainarachi, Peru.
Ranitomeya fantastica around Chazuta, Peru.
A toad, perhaps a Rhinella species? found on the forest floor near Pongo de Cainarachi, Peru.
Unidentified - possibly Leptodactylus simonstuarti?
Population found along the Rio Huallaga at La Playa, a few hours north of Chazuta by boat (photos #1 and #2)
Photos #3 and #4 from different population found along the Borja Ridge, San Martin, Peru