Location: Sandoval Lake | Date: October 5th 2014 |Time: 7:33 am
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
Location: Sandoval Lake Trail | Date: November 11st 2014 |Time: 6:30 am
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
Location: Madre de Dios River | Date: January 13th 2014 |Time: 6:45pm
On our Twilight River excursion along with 16 travelers and , Alberto also an Inkaterra Explorer Guide, we saw something moving at the riverbank, just few meter away from the lodge. As Alberto pointed the flashlight we could see the eye reflection of the animal, we couldn’t believe our eyes. An adult jaguar (Pantera onca) was lying in the middle of dry “Shapaja” palm leaves. It was difficult to see him clearly at first, but we decided to wait for him to move. Fortunately for us it did! After a few minutes the jaguar got up and walked into the rainforest disappearing from our sight. Everything happened in less than five minutes but we all got a great sighting of this magnificent feline. I got the opportunity to take a couple of pictures but they were all blurry nevertheless I chose the best one to share with you. You can imagine my excitement!
Valeria Lozano | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Madre de Dios River | Date: November 3rd, 2013 | Time: 6:45pm
During our Twilight River excursion, accompanied by 2 travelers, I noticed something in between the bushes on the shore of the Madre de Dios River, just a few meters away from the Hotels’ dock. I aimed the flashlight at what appeared to be a big animal. As soon as I used the flashlight a powerful reflection (from the animal's eyes) caught my attention even more. It wasn’t a small animal and definitely not a caiman as the movement was constant and far away from the water. As we approached I could not believe what I was seeing. It was a Jaguar (Panthera onca). A few seconds after we spotted the feline it jumped away to find refuge in the dense rainforest vegetation. Such a pleasant surprise with this unexpected sighting. Observing jaguars in the wild is extremely rare so we were more than happy, we had just seen the "King of the Rainforest"! We share with you a photo taken by one of the travelers that manage to capture the moment. Definitely a night to remember!
(Photo by Stephen Coupe )
Jesus Glhemm Ccari | Assistant Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Trail B at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica | Date: September 30th 2013 | Time: 10:00am
Luis Ortiz, Inkaterra Explorer Guide, has been conducting a Lek Monitoring Project, consisting in a group of males competing for a chance to mate with females, of Band-Tailed Manakins (Pipra fasciicauda) at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. In one of his most recent outings, Luis observed a specimen performing a series of exhibition movements, such as jumping and dancing, in order to attract a mate.
The sighting lasted about five minutes, long enough to record the activity, as part of the project, and take the photo that Luis is sharing with us. The lek Luis has been monitoring is located about 10 minutes from the lodge on Trail B.
Luis Ortiz | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Madre de Dios River | Date: July 27th, 2013 | Time: 7:45 am.
Early in the morning Alberto Checca, Explorer Guides at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge, visited Lake Valencia along with 5 travelers. During the trip to the lake, having sailed for an average of 45 minutes through the Madre de Dios River, Alberto spotted a big bird in the distance, perched on a tree on the right bank of the river. As they approached the bird, Alberto was able to recognize that it was a harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) one of the most powerful birds of prey. Fortunately the guests were able to observe the eagle for about 10 minutes before continuing their trip to the lake leaving the bird perched on the tree
At the end of the excursion the guests, as well as the Explorer Guide, were very pleased to know that they saw one of the most wanted eagles by ornithologists.
Alberto Checca | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Lake Valencia Excursion | Date: June 14th, 2013
During the Lake Valencia excursion, accompanied by 8 travellers, we had the chance to observe during the boat ride several unusual bird species for the region.Here is a list of the most interesting birds:
- Troupial (Icterus icterus)
- Little blue heron (Egreta caerulea)
- Jabiru ( Jabiru mycteria)
- Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)
- Wood stork (Mycteria Americana)
The travelers were very happy at the end of the excursion, not only because they observed a great number of wildlife, but also they added new species to their bird list!
Wilson Escalante | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Cachuela Farm | Date: May 5th, 2013 | Time: 7:10 am.
Wilson, one of Inkaterra Explorer Guides, accompanied by three American travelers where enjoying an Ornithology excursion early in the morning. They had just entered a local farm, located at the Cachuela community, in order to look for birds when all of a sudden they found just what they were looking for: a pair of Brazilian teals(Amazonetta brasiliensis) .After watching those beautiful birds for more than 10 minutes the excursion continued, in order to add more bird species to that day’s long list.
Wilson Escalante | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Madre de Dios River| Date: May 3rd 2012 | Time: 7:00 p.m. |
A clear morning with little sun we, two guests and I, went on the Cocha excursion. While enjoying the canoe ride along the cocha we were talking about the landscape, the bird, the ecosystem, and the varieties of fish, when just before the Fatzcarrald boat wreck we saw 2 giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) swimming.
This specie is only found in South America and it's included on the endangered species list (due to it being hunted for its skin or because they are considered the fishermen main competitors). They seemed to be a young couple who chose our cocha (pond) to build their den.
It was coincidentally in this corner (just before the boat) that the otters came out to make alarm sounds which would indicate that their den is probably near. Fortunately we all got to see the otters clearly until the alarm sounds began and we had to leave.
Carlos Torres | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción -
Location: Wetlands | Date: July 8, 2012 | Time: 4:00 pm
Around 4 pm, Erick Huisa, Conservation and Environment Department staff, accompanied by John Bravo, who is in charge of the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Wetland bridge system, were conducting a wildlife monitoring and structure supervision at the wetlands. At about 20 meters from the first platform they heard something that seemed to have jumped into the water. John thought it was a black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) but Erick thought it was best to wait and see.
After a few seconds they saw, at about 10 meters from the bridge, a head popping out the water. They could not believe it, it was a Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). From experience Erick easily recognized the mammal, which is considered an endangered species.
Erick Huisa and Jhon Bravo | Inkaterra Staff | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Trail B | Date: July 17th 2012 | Time: 6:50pm
In a very dark night Wilson Escalante, Explorer Guide, with four travelers left for the Rainforest by Night excursion at trails of Reserva Amazónica. They decided to use the trail B. Wilson was walking in front of the group when suddenly he saw, at about 15 feet from the trail and 660 feet from the hotel, a very large snake (about seven feet long). Wilson was able to quickly identify the animal as a bushmaster (Lachesis muta).
The bushmaster is the most venomous snake in South America (and second in the world) and Wilson knew it. Due to this he asked the travelers to head back to be able to keep a safe distance from the snake.
The travelers were amazed. Wilson said it was possible to take some photographs but that unfortunately they would have to continue the excursion at another trail. This is the rainforest night life, when you least expect it you can encounter the queen of the night!
Wilson Escalante | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
On Saturday June 18th, explorer guide Percy and Elias with 12 guests took off on the "River by Night" excursion. After traveling for approximately 30 minutes, while spotting caimans (Caiman crocodilus) on the river banks, a Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) was seen in the distance. The animal, swimming in the dark waters of the Madre de Dios River, appeared to be fleeing a predator. That's when suddenly; at the edge of the river they saw a relatively large animal. As the boat got closer the animal was identified as a Jaguar (Panthera onca). The group attempted to reach a safe distance to appreciate it a little better but it disappeared slowly into the vegetation. The sighting lasted an average of 20 seconds and luckily all the passengers got to see it very clearly. AMAZING!
Wilson Escalante | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Location: Inkaterra Wetland | Date: September 16th, 2011 | Hora: Morning
On the morning of September 16th Wilson, Explorer Guide at Inkaterra, accompanied by 6 travelers decided to visit the Inkaterra wetland bridge system. As Wilson his guests walked through the bridge in search of wildlife he heard movement among the branches of a nearby tree. Thinking that maybe it could be an interesting bird he decides to stop and take a look. Imagine the surprise when he saw in between the trees a moving tail and a pair of big eyes staring at him. It was an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)!! The feline was resting on a branch of a tree about 30 feet high, intrigued by the group of humans who walked among the palm trees at the flooded ecosystem. Fortunately the ocelot stayed long enough, before jumping into the rainforest and disappearing, so that everyone could spot it.
Wilson Escalante | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
Date: October 11th, 2011 | Time: Morning | Location: River Coast
On the morning of October 11th we decided to go on the lookout for birds. What a great surprise to see that among the common river bird life there was a migratory juvenile American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica).
Not only is it an uncommon bird for the area, but it is also has one of the longest migratory routes (some of it done on open waters with no possibility of stopping for food or rest). Here a picture for you to enjoy the sighting as much as we did!
Mr. Daniel Collao and his wife had chosen to visit Lake Sandoval that morning. What we never anticipated for was that the boat ride towards the lake would be so interesting. Right before we reached our destination we saw a group of 3 regular sized birds at a distance. They were walking along the shores of the Madre de Dios River.
To avoid disturbing the birds we decided to wait on the boat and observe them by using our binoculars. Imagine my amazement when we identified the birds as white faced whistling ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) - species that hadn't been reported in this area for several years. Even more amazed when we got the great photo that we took and we are now sharing it with you!
- Jesus Ciesa / Explorer Guide / Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica - Close
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During the night, around 7:00 p.m., accompanied by 4 travelers, Glhemm, one of our Explorer Guides, was on the "Rainforest by Night" excursion along a trail in the search of animals. They had only walked about 800 yards from the lodge when they heard strange sounds within the vegetation. It turned out that in the rainy season, this trail floods and so frogs come to take advantage of the still waters in order to reproduce. As Glhemm and his group approached they saw that there were more than one species of mating frogs and where able to identify the sound they had heard as that of courtship. The predominant noise came from the Dendropsophus koechlini; frog named in honor of the Inkaterra's CEO. It was a privilege to be there and be part of that spectacle. We hope you enjoy the photo Glhemm took that day and shares with us today.
- Glhemm Ccar / Explorer Guide / Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
Date: December 11th, 2011
During the night, around 7:00 p.m., accompanied by 4 travelers, Glhemm, one of our Explorer Guides, was on the "Rainforest by Night" excursion along a trail in the search of animals. They had only walked about 800 yards from the lodge when they heard strange sounds within the vegetation.
It turned out that in the rainy season, this trail floods and so frogs come to take advantage of the still waters in order to reproduce. As Glhemm and his group approached they saw that there were more than one species of mating frogs and where able to identify the sound they had heard as that of courtship.
The predominant noise came from the Dendropsophus koechlini; frog named in honor of the Inkaterra's CEO. It was a privilege to be there and be part of that spectacle. We hope you enjoy the photo Glhemm took that day and shares with us today.
- Glhemm Ccar / Explorer Guide / Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica -
Date: October 10th, 2010
Percy, together with Inkaterra's Marketing team; Liza Masías, Eduardo Chamochumbi, Luis Miguel Guimet, Luis Alberto Tito, Carlos Sugay, Allan Castañeda and Alexandra Sparks where on their way to Sandoval Lake. When they all heard macaws nearby they decided to stop for a while to see if they could be spotted doing the clay lick behavior or feeding on fruit. Suddenly a flock of macaws took flying and a bird of prey appeared. Percy couldn't believe his eyes. An Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus) had perched right in front of them on a tree. There it stayed for a couple of minutes, probably questioning what when wrong in its attempt to catch the food of the day , giving Percy the chance of a photograph. The interesting thing about this sighting is that the Ornate Hawk-Eagle, being the second biggest bird of prey in the area (after the known Harpy Eagle) is really hard to spot. Its uncommon. Hope you enjoy the picture as much as we did this incredible sighting!
- Percy Ccopa / Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica and the Inkaterra Marketing Team -
Location: Trail D (Wetlands) | Date: August 9th, 2010
Getting back from a visit to the Inkaterra wetlands at approximately 300mts (984 feet) from the Inkaterra Canopy bridge system Percy and two guests, spotted 5 Pale-winged Trumpeters (Psophia leucoptera) walking on the same trail they were using. They walked without making a sound. Where they looking for food? The interesting thing about this sighting is that now a day it is very difficult to spot this bird species in the area. Two years ago Trumpeter sightings where frequent. We should investigate if their presence is an indicator of health in the rainforest ecosystem!
- Percy Ccopa / Explorer Guide at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica -
Location: Inkaterra Canopy | Date: August 6th, 2010 | Time: 6:30 am
Early in the morning Percy and a group of 4 guests where on the Inkaterra Canopy excursion. As they were observing birds on tower number two, a guest exclaimed: "There's a bird of prey flying above us!". At first Percy thought it was a King vulture because of the flight pattern. Then, after taking a closer look with binoculars, he thought it was a crested eagle. Finally, after a couple of minutes Percy managed to uncover the characteristics of the biggest bird of prey in the world: two white bands on its tail, a black band near the neck and small white lines on its wings. IT was the extremely rare, in ways to extinction, Harpy eagle (Harpia harpija)!!!!! INCREDIBLE! The Harpy eagle flew above the Inkaterra Canopy for a while, giving three whole circles around it. Fortunately everyone was able to see it clearly.
- Percy Ccopa / Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Explorer Guide -
Location: Madre de Dios | Date: June 18th, 2010 | Time: 7:05 pm
On June 18th, a group of 11 tourists guided by Jesus Ciesa and Wilson Escalante, spotted a juvenile Jaguar (Pantera onca) while on their "Twilight River" excursion. Huge shinny eyes were observed while searching for fauna around the river banks with a spot light. About 10 minutes away from the lodge, on the left river-bank, everyone thought that we had spotted the eyes of a Capybara (Hydrochaeris hidrochaeris). As the boat approached the river shore the animal began to walk into the forest showing its long tail and black-spotted body along the way. It was a Jaguar!!! The guests were able to see this incredible animal very clearly for a good 30 seconds before it hid in the bushes. Everyone was very happy, they had all realized they'd seen a rainforest feline in ways to extinction, extremely difficult to see and well camouflaged.
- Wilson Escalante / Interpreter Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica -
Location: Madre de Dios River | Date: May 15th, 2010 | Time: 8:40 am
A group of guests spotted an Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) on their way back to Puerto Maldonado city. They notified the lodge and Elias Leon, one of the interpreters, took small canoe toward the location; about 300m up-river from the lodge's port. He set out to look for this beautiful animal not only to take pictures but also to take measurements of the animal (75 cm) and observe its behavior. Hope you enjoy the picture!
- Elias Leon / Interpreter Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica -
Date: December 10th, 2009 | Time: 7:35 pm
Wilson Escalante, one of our interpreters at Reserva Amazonica, accompanied by 2 British guests were on the "Rainforest by night" excursion. Near the end of trail "B" (at about 400 meters from the lodge) they found a very venomous snake commonly known as Bushmaster (Lachesis muta). The interpreter decided to back up about 4 meters to observe the animal without disturbing it. They were all able to observe it for about 6 minutes. The guests were scared but at the same time very happy to see the snake since it is very difficult to find and spot.
- Wilson Escalante / Interpreter Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica -
Date: November 14th, 2009 | Time: 5:20 pm
As Renzo Zepilli (birdwatching trainer) was out on the field with the Reserva Amazonica interpreters, near the wetlands first bridge, a Silky Anteater was spotted. It was found about 15 meters from the trail and 8 meters above ground. The interpreter Erick Arguedas was the first to catch a sight of the creature. Soon the other interpreters saw it and were all able to observe this specimen for about 5 minutes.
Date: September 23rd, 2009 | Time: 8:50 am
The interpreter Wilson Escalante and 3 guests decided to go on the Inkaterra Canopy excursion. On top of one of the Canopy towers they where all watching a flock of paradise tanagers (Tangara chiliensis) when suddenly, heading north, at about a 15 meter distance Wilson spotted a beautiful male Purple-Throated Cotinga (Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema). It was perched on a tree at the top of its canopy. Along with the 3 guests, they were able to see it for approximately 2 minutes. The guests were really happy to see such a colorful and rare bird. It is important to add that Wilson was able to distinguish the sex of the bird due to the fact males and females have a clear sexual dimorphism. That is, males and females have different plumage coloring.
Date: August 18th, 2009 | Time: 10:50 am
The interpreter Wilson Escalante and some guests were returning from the Canopy excursion towards the Hotel through trail "A". As they approached the cabanas the all saw a brown-throated three toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) resting on a palm leaf (Socratea sp.) at about 10mts. from gound level. A few minutes after the interpreter Erick Arguedas with 2 guests as well as our Resident Manager Alejandro Montoyo approached the sighting and got a great look of the sloth. Fortunately all the guests as well as the Inkaterra staff got a great look of the animal. Hope you enjoy the picture!
- Wilson Escalante -
Date: July 9th, 2009
On July 9th, 2009 4 American guests and their interpreter Wilson Escalante together with 5 Peruvian guests and their interpreters Efraín Flores saw an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) while they were on the River by Night excursion. The feline was at about 20m of the river shore and they where able to observed it for about 4 minutes. The ocelot was very calm and left quietly out of sight behind a little bush. The guests where extremely happy, as where the guides, and continued on with their excursion.
- Wilson Escalante -
Date: June 13th, 2009
On Saturday June 13th 2009, Erick Huisa was taking his usual walking route from the Hotel to the Canopy Inkaterra Station. Suddenly he crossed paths with a very rarely sighted feline. He couldn't believe his eyes, it was a jaguar (Panthera onca). This happened at around 10:15pm at night, approximately 600m from the Hotel, hours at night in which these felines are most active and threatening. He spotted the animal at a 10mt. distance, while it seemed to be searching for food. Erick stayed still, avoiding getting agitated or making sudden moves. Erick has quite a lot of experience in the jungle, having spent most of his life here, telling us he wasn't scared since it wasn't the first time that he was faced with such an animal, but that he had to respect the animal and its domain. The encounter lasted for about 2 minutes and then the jaguar went off to continue its search for food. Intense minutes, but memorable.
- Erick Huisa / Conservation -
Date: June 13th, 2009
Along with a family of 5 members (from the U.S.A.) we visited Sandoval Lake. We left at 6:00am from the Hotel and arrived at the lake at around 8:40am. Once at the lake, we spotted a family of hoatzins (or locally known as "shanshos") with 8 individuals (Opisthocomus hoatzin) at a distance of 15 mts. (relatively close). The interesting thing about the sighting is that this bird is unique as 80% of its diet consists of leaves that grow along the edges of lakes (rather than fruits). The group really enjoyed the opportunity of seeing these birds as they have quite an interesting appearance. For instance, they have a large crest, a blue face, red eyes, brown body and, when flying, it's really clumsy. In addition we managed to see red-bellied macaws (Ara manilata), blue and yellow macaws (Ara aranaura) saddle-backed tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis) and red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus). A complete excursion!
Date: June 4th, 2009
The 4th of this month me and a group og guests visited the Inkaterra Canopy and spent at least 4 hours only on the first tower of the bridge system looking for birds. This is what we where able to spot (with patience and a lot of help from everyone):
Cobalt Winged Parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera) / Dusky Headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddelli) / White bellied Parrot (Pionetes leucogaster) / Red bellied Macaw (Orthopsittaca manilata) / Chestnut fronted Macaw (Ara severa) / White bearded Hermit (Phaethornis hispidus) / Long billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris) / Festive Coquette (Laphornis chalybesus) / White necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) / White chinned Sapphire (Hylocharis cyanus) / Sapphire spangled Emerald (Amazilia lacteal) / Palm tanager (Thraupis palmarun) / Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis) / Green and gold Tanager (Tangara schrankii) / Torquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana) / Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana) / Black face Dacnis (Dacnis lineate) / Thick billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) / Orange bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster) / Gray antbird (Cercomacra cineracens) / Ivory billed Aracari (Pteroglossus azara) / Yellow tufted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cruentatus) / Red stained Woodpecker (Veniliornis affinis) / Gilded Barbet (Capito aurarus) / Grayish Mouner (Rhytipterna simplex) / Swallow wing (Chelidoptera tenebrosa) / Black fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons) / Thrush like Wren (Campylorhynchus turdinus) / Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata) / Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana) / Hook billed Hawk (Chondrohierax uncinatus) / Fuscous Flycatcher (Cnemotriccus fuscatus) / Short tailed Swift (Chaetura brachyuran) / Fork tailed Palm Swift (Tachornis squanata). It is important to mention that we saw a rare and migrant bird while at the Canopy: the Brown Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus). To be able to increase our bird list I suggested we visit Rolin Island in search of the famous Umbrella Bird and more shore species. This is what we managed to spot: Colored Plover (Charadrius collaris) / Pied Lawping (Hoploxyptenus cayanus) / Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata) / Gray necked Wood Rail (Aramides axillaris) / Wood stork (Mycteria americana) / Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi) / Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) / Large billed Tern (Phaetusa simplex) / Yellow billed Tern (Sternula superciliaris) / Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) / Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis) / Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivornis) / Black Caracara (Daptrius ater) / Tropical kindbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) / Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis) / Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulpharatus) / Gray capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis) / Ferruginous pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brazilianum) / Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris) / Plumbeous Pigeon (Patagioenus plumbea) / Ruddy Pigeon (Patagioenus subvinacea) / Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacoti) / White eyed parakeet (Aratinga leucophthalma) / Yellow crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala) / Little ground Tyrant (Muscisaxicola fluviatilis) / Drab water Tyrant (Ochthornis littoralis) / Amazonian Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus ornatus) / Violaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus) / Russet backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifroms) / Yellow rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela). We manage to see the Umbrella bird and quite a good number of birds. Everyone more than happy for a birdwatching day spotting!. At the end we saw around 65 species of birds. Great number for our bird check-list at Reserva Amazonica.
- Percy Ccopa -
Date: April 8th, 2009 | Time: 9:40 am
A group of Mexican guests and I where on the Lake Sandoval excursion rowing around the lake when we suddenly saw them. A group of 4 Giant River Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) where swimming towards us (probably curious)!!. As we saw them approaching fast towards us we stopped rowing to avoid stressing the animals and have them swim by freely. Fortunately for us they seemed calm and relaxed and got as close as 10mts. from us. This was a great opportunity for photos which everyone in the canoe took advantage of. At the same time I managed to spot a big group, 8 individuals, of Red Howler monkeys (Alouata seniculus) resting at the top of Mauritia Palm trees (Mauritia flexuosa). Every single monkey seemed to be sleeping except for a baby monkey which played, touched, moved all over the family.
- Elías León -
Date: February, 20th 2009
On this particular afternoon 4 guests and I decided to go on the Hacienda Concepcion excursion. As we traveled upstream the Madre de Dios River towards the Hacienda something caught my attention on the river bank. It was a big sized bird but could not identify it at first sight. I took my binoculars and to my amazement discovered it was an Ornate Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus ornatos); juvenile plumage. We managed to get close; enough not to disturb or stress the bird, and that's when we all saw it was feeding on a small snake. Hope you enjoy the photo of the sighting as much as we did in the rainforest.
- Percy Ccopa -
Date: February 16th, 2009
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.
- Percy Ccopa -
Location: "La Cachuela" town |Date: February 12th, 2009 | Time: Afternoon
On as part of their bird observation training, three interpreters; Percy Ccopa, Wilson Escalante, Elias Leon, took an afternoon tour towards the road that takes you to "La Cachuela" town. Two motorcycles, bird books and binoculars where needed. The explorer guides went up to kilometer 7 and began their birdwathcing day. The climate favored. The explorer guides needed to make a bird list since they were out for approximately 2 hours and didn't want to forget a single bird that crossed their binoculars.
Here the list of birds that were observed:
Grayish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens) / Crested Oropendola (Psatocolius viridis) / Thick Billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) / Chestnut Bellied Seedeater (Euphonia laniirostris) / Lesser Seedeater (Sporophila bouvronides) / Blue and black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina) / Safron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) / Yellow Browed Sparrow (Ammodramus aurifrons) / Blue and Grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) / Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum) / Silver beaked Tanager (Rumphocelus carbo) / Black Billed Thrush (Tardus ignobilis) / Black Tailed Tytira (Tytira cayana) / Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) / Sulphury Flycatcher (Tyrannopsis sulphurea) / Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) / Boat Billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua) / Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis) / Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus) / Little Woodpecker (Vermiliornis passerinus) / Spot Breasted Woodpecker (Colaptes punctigula) / Greater Any (Crotophaga mayor) / Red Bellied Macaw (Orthopsittaca mamilata) / Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) / Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacoti) / Pied Lapwing (Hoploxypterus cayanus) / Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana) / Black Colared Hawk (Busarellus nigricallis) / Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) / Grearter Yellow headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus) / Yellow Rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela) / Roadside Hawk (Buteo magneroptis) / Black Capped Donacobeos (Donacobius atricapilla) / Barred Antshike (Thamnophilus doliatus) / Saphire Spangled Emerald (Amacilia lactea)
As an extra bonus, the explorer guides where able to spot important and rare birds during their birdwatching afternoon. A list of those is provided:
Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus) / Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) / Small-billed Tinamou (Crypturellus transfasciatus) / Purus Jacamar (Gallbalcyrnhynchus perusianus) / Purplish Jay (Cyanocorax cyanomelas) / Hooded Tanager (Nemosia pileata) / Long Tailed Tryant (Colonia colonus)
Great day, awesome training!!
César Alfredo Vásquez | Inkaterra Explore Guide | inkaterra Reserva Amazonica