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Charismatic megaflora of the Amazon rainforest

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2017 9:46:34 AM / by Varun Swamy posted in Tambopata Research Center, wildlife photography, Posada Amazonas, Shihuahuaco, Ceiba, Brazilnut, Aerobotany, Refugio Amazonas, Buttresses, Canopy, Megaflora

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Mention the words "Amazon rainforest" to the layperson, and it is likely that the first creatures that spring to their minds are jaguars, caimans, giant river otters, spider monkeys or scarlet macaws….large, colorful, striking animals, some easily sighted and others far more elusive. Other folk might associate the rainforest with the ubiquitous "bugs" that it teems with – hundreds of thousands of species of myriad forms and adaptations, with a sizeable fraction still unknown to science and waiting to be discovered.  

But to me (and others of a more botanically inclined ilk), the Amazon rainforest is defined by its charismatic megaflora: the trees that form its canopy and the very basis of the ecosystem, allowing for the existence of the staggering diversity of other life forms.

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Epic Camera Trap Photos From The Peruvian Amazon + Termites Attack!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Jeff Cremer posted in photography, wildlife photography, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, camera trap

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TAMBOPATA, PERU 

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Photographing A Harpy Eagle + Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens review and Live View Focusing Technique

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 18, 2015 12:06:00 AM / by Jeff Cremer posted in wildlife photography

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Harpy Eagles are the AH-64 Apache gunship helicopters of the jungle:
  • Stalking the Shadows - Harpy eagles fly below the canopy in the dense shadowy forest hunting for sloths and monkeys.
  • High Speed Flight - A harpy eagle can reach speeds of over 50mph while attacking prey in a dive.
  • Vertical Flight Capabilities - They have short, broad wings and can fly almost straight up, too, so it can attack prey from below as well as above.
  • Advanced Target Acquisition - A Harpy eagle can turn its head upside down to get a better look at its potential meal. They also have excellent vision and can see something less than 1 inch (2 centimeters) in size from almost 220 yards (200 meters) away.
  • Serious Weapons – Harpy Eagles have huge talons. Their rear talons can reach over 5 inches long – the same size as a grizzly bear’s claws!
  • How rare are harpy eagles? I don't really know but they are pretty damn rare and seeing a chick in the wild is almost impossible.

 

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35 Awesome Photos of Rainforest Animals and Wildlife

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2014 10:00:00 PM / by Jeff Cremer posted in photos, wildlife, wildlife photography, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, animals, Tambopata

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Lucas Bustamante recently visited our lodges in Tambopata, Peru for a few weeks and took these incredible photos of Amazon rainforest wildlife.   

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HarpyCam - Tambopata AmazonCam

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