January in Peru (lots of pics)

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January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Crazins » March 12th, 2015, 1:08 pm

I had the immense pleasure to go on another herpetological adventure in the Peruvian Amazon this past January, and I thought I'd share some of the photos I took with you all. I know not all of these are herps, but hey. I thought you's appreciate a little variety.

Let's start out with the river itself. The mighty Amazon.

ImageSunset over the Amazon River by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

and the animals that live within...

ImagePink River Dolphin- Inia geoffrensis by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr


But, of course, the main attraction was the magnificent rainforest, with its multitude of incredible trees.
ImageButtress Tree by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageGiant Ceiba by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr


...and occasional sighting of the denizens of those trees...
ImageThree-toed sloth by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageSquirrel Monkey by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr


...whether mammalian or avian.
ImageChestnut-eared Aracari by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr



Alright, alright I'll stop messing around and get to what you really came here to see. I focused on the artistic side of photography and so did not take shots of every animal that we encountered while there.

THE LIZARDS AND CROCS:
ImageCollared Tree Lizard, Plica plica by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageAmazon Forest Dragon, Enyalioides laticeps by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageBlack-spotted skink, Mabuya nigropunctata, in situ by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageSmooth-fronted Caiman, Paleosuchus trigonatus by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr



THE FROGS:

ImageAmazon Poison Frog- Dendrobates ventrimaculatus, in situ by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageCrested Forest Toad- Bufo margaritifer, in situ by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageCommon Suriname Toad, Pipa pipa by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageAtelopus spumarius- Common Harlequin Toad by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageHyla minuta, Least treefrog, in situ by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr


A TURTLE:

ImageMatamata, Chelus fimbriatus by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr


THE SNAKES:

ImageChironius exoletus by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageRed Vine Snake- Tripanurgos compressus, in situ by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageShort-nosed leaf-litter snake- Taeniophallus brevirostris by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageCommon Glossy Racer, Drymoluber dichrous (juv) by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageBanded South American Watersnake, Helicops angulatus, in situ by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageAmazon Tree Boa, Corallus hortulanus by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageOxybelis fulgidus- Green Vine Snake by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr






A few other cool things:

ImageGreen and Black Planarian by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageBoat ride by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageYellow-headed Caracara by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageCordyceps fungus on a moth by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

ImageGreen and Rufus Kingfisher- Chloroceryle inda by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr


One last sunset:

ImageCloudy Sunset over the Amazon River by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr




That's all, folks! Thanks for looking!

ImageFarewell by Marisa.Ishimatsu, on Flickr

-Marisa

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by VICtort » March 12th, 2015, 2:55 pm

Marisa, some really nice photos herein, you are getting better and better. The aracari birds and the Green vine snake perhaps my favorites, but all were impressive. The "farewell" too.The photo of the caracara with a fish in its talons is interesting, I don't recall seeing a caracara carrying prey before, for some reason I assumed they had weak talons, like many vultures.

Thanks for posting, a trip to the tropics for us.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by cbernz » March 12th, 2015, 3:18 pm

Good stuff. Were you on the Margarita Tours trip? I want to go next winter.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Steve Barten » March 12th, 2015, 3:21 pm

You certainly are one of the top photographers on this site, and that's saying a lot. Any one of these images would look great enlarged and hanging on a wall. This is an outstanding report.
Your posts are treat and I look forward to them; hope you get out in the field a lot this year.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Crazins » March 12th, 2015, 4:19 pm

cbernz wrote:Good stuff. Were you on the Margarita Tours trip? I want to go next winter.

Yes, I went with them and I would highly recommend them to any herper.



Thanks so much Steve, and Vic. I appreciate the compliments very much. I am looking to make prints at some point in the near future. If you're interested, please let me know.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by pjfishpa » March 12th, 2015, 5:10 pm

All that green is a shock to my eyes up here in the still frozen Midwest! Great pics, thanks for sharing. Love that matamata ... What a crazy looking turtle!

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Post by Ameron » March 12th, 2015, 5:34 pm

Wow! So much more than stunning, especially the sunset photos.

Thanks for sharing. As the Midwesterner already noted, we in the North don't get to see such fullness of life, nor the visual feast.
In my area, we have about 4 commonly seen reptile species - which are not commonly seen at all. Only Garter snakes are common. Rattlesnakes have been driven from most of the Willamette Valley.

Are bugs absolutely out of control? How do you deal with all the mosquitos, gnats & biting flies?

My motto if I ever visit any tropical region, due to all the venomous & deadly creatures:

"We only go in groups of 3, and we all carry automatic weapons." :thumb:

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by dthor68 » March 12th, 2015, 6:00 pm

Awesome Stuff! I would love to visit such a cool place.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Kfen » March 13th, 2015, 11:17 am

Great photos! A few of your habitat/landscape shots really make me feel like I am there. How did you find the mata-mata? That was a species I really wanted to find while there, but did not.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by NACairns » March 13th, 2015, 11:27 am

As usual, absolutely beautiful shots. I particularly fond of the buttress tree and the Helicops shots. Look's like a spectacular trip. Thank you for sharing.
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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by mtratcliffe » March 13th, 2015, 4:10 pm

Excellent photos! I'm glad you had a great trip to Peru - thanks for sharing.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Hunter-MX » March 13th, 2015, 5:15 pm

Some I have seen, some I have not... ALL of them STUNNING!

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Matt Cage » March 14th, 2015, 2:18 pm

Marisa,

Great photos! Some are absolutely stunning! Glad you had a great time, hope to see you down there again!

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » March 16th, 2015, 4:22 am

Top notch! Not easy to do such nice herp+habitat shots in such closed surroundings. That matamata looks quite a bit larger than ours. Love the pipa shot. And too many of the other ones. Ah... that red vine snake alone is enough to make me long to go back there....

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by condyle » March 16th, 2015, 3:18 pm

Stunning!

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Crazins » March 19th, 2015, 7:19 pm

Thanks, everyone! I had a lot of fun taking these pics. I mean, how can you not have fun in the Amazon? Unless you don't like heat, humidity, bugs, mosquitos, mosquitos, mosquitos, snakes, or mosquitos...

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by justinm » March 20th, 2015, 5:48 am

Wonderful post, I think you could have tripled it having seen some of the other photos. Where's the baby sloth. I love sloths and I'm incredibly jealous of the one you were able to surrogate.

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Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Post by Rothdigga » March 25th, 2015, 9:13 am

Amazing photos Maria. Makes me want to get back down to Peru so bad. I've only made one trip back in 2011 but I'm definitely going back someday...hopefully soon.
Really a great selection of images. That boa pic is stunning.

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