The Great Black Hawk, Buteogallus urubitinga, is one of the many birds of prey in the peruvian rainforest of Tambopata you will very likely see while boating up the river to the lodges.
A recent study on the Tambopata region showed that we are truly in a Tapir paradise, with numbers that have recovered from any hunting or habitat disturbance of the past due to well protected habitat over these last few decades.
While Destin from Smarter Every Day was visiting us here in Tambopata, we came across one of the most incredible examples of art in nature we've ever seen, a cocoon of an urodid moth.
Check out his video on the discovery, and look for the high-resolution images below:
For us that work at Rainforest Expeditions, there are at times days when we're too busy working to get the chance to step out into the marvelous forest around us. But that doesn't mean nature disappoints, it often does quite the opposite and surprises us with close encounters and fantastic photo opportunities.