This is the last of my highlights from Peru. I hope you enjoyed them.
In Peru, they decorate the tops of posts with monkeys. Not only this is prettier, but it also protects passers-by from accidentally getting splinters.
When your brother is 35, instead of 5, he no longer believes you when you tell him things like “this is what happens when the chocolate and caramel rivers merge”.
Birds sure have a lot of sticky-out bits.
Starting to think that fish have a bit of a raw deal in the Amazon.
The lotus is one of the few warm blooded plants in the world.
I have no explanation for this one, so I’ll just describe what happened.
I was shooting the fish, which were up near the surface .. presumably because there’s more oxygen there and fewer predators than below.
Then I saw this moth flying near. It dropped in amongst the fish several times. At first, I thought that it has gotten nabbed and was having a hard time flying away, but it’s repeated behavior showed that it – for some reason – wanted to be there in the middle of all of the fish. Was it laying eggs? Did it want to be eaten? Maybe it was a reporter on assignment.
There’s no way to know. Sometimes all you can do is take the shot.
With some snakes, if you pull on them, they’ll crawl on themselves. I’m not sure it’s good for the snakes to pull on them like this, but the naturalists didn’t object and I assume they know more about snakes than I do.
I couldn’t figure out what this bird was called from the online guides, but the guides seemed awfuly excited about it, so either it’s rare or it lays golden eggs.
Another view of the hoatzin from earlier. When they are chicks, they have claws on their wings so they can climb trees. There weren’t any of the young present when I was there though, so I have no proof of this.
In Peru they refer to this as sugarcane.
The plant, not the bird.
Egrets are a lot taller in the water.
Some birds are still a work in progress.
Well, how did you think storks built their nests? It’s not like they’re on eBay or anything.
It’s about time to trade in those tail feathers for a newer model.
They’re not as impressive as the one I saw in the Sonoran desert, but caracaras are still neat no matter where they are.
Sometimes you get really lucky with where the birds choose to pose.
It looks all proud and stuff but, really, it’s not that hard to catch fish during the low water season.
This egret is lighter than the air. This means it’s a witch.
These are not yet ready for picking.