During a morning excursion to Lake Sandoval in the company of four travelers, the Inkaterra Explorer Guides Charles and Luis were able to see a beautiful juvenile Ornate Hawk-Eagle eagle (Spizaetus ornatus) perched on a small branch of an understory tree. Apparently it was waiting or stalking its prey due to the behavior. Initially Charles thought it was a Crested or Harpy Eagle given its size, but when Luis approached they identify it as a juvenile Ornate Hawk-Eagle.
The color of its plumage, and its size was key to determine that it was a juvenile Ornate Hawk-Eagle and not an adult. This unusual sighting lasted about three minutes until the bird took off and disappeared into the green of the rainforest.
Luis Ortiz | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
Elias, Inkaterra guide Explorer led the excursion to Lake Sandoval in company of a few travelers, approximately 300 meters from the Madre de Dios River shore the travelers saw what appeared to be strange bat specie hanging under a Mauritia palm leaf (Mauritia flexuosa).
Its unusual white color attracted much attention of the group, who identify it at the White Bat (Diclidurus sp.), last seen in September. Travelers as well as Elias had never seen this specie of bat before due to it being so rare, making this one of the most memorable sightings yet.
After a few minutes the bat noticed the presence of people while it stood immobile as a defense mechanism. We know these bats are insectivorous mammals and their distribution is from Mexico to Brasil including the Tahuamanu area in Madre de Dios Peru.Elías León | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
On this particular morning a Canadian guest and I got up very early to visit the Inkaterra Canopy (a bridge system located 30mts. above ground level). When we got to the first tower we decided to scan the area for birds. Fortunately for us we spotted a small group of Curl-crested aracaris (Pteroglossus beuharnaessi) perched on a tree not far away from where we were standing. These types of toucanets; aracaris, are adapted for life above ground (long beak to search for food in between tree crevices and legs for easy movement on top of tree branches). Due to this they are often seen flying, feeding or resting along the Canopy excursion. Their vivid colors and long beaks are always catching our attention.
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