Documenting nature in the Amazon through photographs and sketches

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Pink dolphins

We had seen pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) in the Rio Negro before, but some weeks ago we went on a trip specifically to see dolphins. It was great, they would just swim around us. Yes, they were looking for the fish, but they were free to come and go. It was a very nice experience to see them so close.

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Balbina and the blue-headed parrots

Last month we went for a weekend trip to Balbina, the main attraction was fishing for tucunare in the Balbina dam. I didn’t go fishing though. I stayed in the town, Balbina, and went for a walk around, until the edge of town.  I could see the lake formed by the dam, and the dead trees on the lake.  The dam was built to provide energy to Manaus, as a renewable source, however it emits so much methane that it turns out to be worst than a coal plant. I’ve written about that before (Weekend trip to Balbina). There is another view of the tree trunks on that post.

While looking at the lake, I could also hear a lot of parrots, and eventually saw a few of them.  Blue-headed parrots (Pionus menstruus) were flying around, and some were resting on the canopy of nearby trees.

Balbina, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

Balbina, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

Balbina, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

Balbina, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

Balbina, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

Balbina, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

Piranhas at the market

This month’s meeting of the Photography group was at the recently inaugurated market in Manaus.  It is a very nice market, the construction is from the colonial times, with material brought from England and France.  The crafts section was my favorite, and the most colorful one. I found some piranhas there.  The fruit and veggie section had just a few stands, but with lots of different herbs, dried and fresh. We got jambu for today’s lunch, pato no tucupi.

Mercado Municipal Adolpho Lisboa, Manaus, Amazonas

Mercado Municipal Adolpho Lisboa, Manaus, Amazonas

Mercado Municipal Adolpho Lisboa, Manaus, Amazonas

Mercado Municipal Adolpho Lisboa, Manaus, Amazonas

Mercado Municipal Adolpho Lisboa, Manaus, Amazonas

Mercado Municipal Adolpho Lisboa, Manaus, Amazonas

Cachoeiras – day trip to the waterfalls

Last Sunday we went on a day trip to Presidente Figueiredo with a group from Fotografia Manaus.  It was a great trip, we discovered some new sites and had a great time.  Here are a first set of photographs from the trip.

Cachoeiras - day trip to the waterfalls

Cachoeira das Araras, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

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Cachoeira das Araras, Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas

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lynx spider

This lynx spider is definitely a hunter, like other members of the family Oxyopidae.  The species in this family are characterised by the size and position of the eyes, the shape of the abdomen and the setae on the legs.  I really liked that the setae on the legs look like the prickles on the leaves.

The image in this post is also from the trip to the forest where we saw the red flower and the jaguar tracks from previous posts.

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Is it a jaguar?

As we went into the forest last week, we stopped a couple of times to photograph trees and flowers.  In one spot, we saw tracks on the road. I think they were from a jaguar, but it could also have been a mountain lion. A big cat for sure! Very exciting.  My husband saw a black jaguar crossing the road near that spot a few months ago.

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Red flower

We saw many flowers like this, however most of them were up on the trees where the vines tangle around and go up into the canopy.   This vine was growing on the floor next to the dirt road and we could take a close look at it.  Many ants were on the flower, and some bees were visiting it too.

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blue weevil!

Last weekend we went for a walk to the Bosque da Ciencia. It was a short visit but we found a beautiful beetle, a blue weevil!   It is a broad-nosed weevil (Curculionidae: Entiminae) with some blue on its legs and antenna.

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Brazilian coloured beetle

This weekend we went for a walk to the Reserva Duke, in the northern part of Manaus. Part of the reserve is a botanical garden (Jardim Botanico) with nice trails in the forest and new exhibition areas in the forest.  I really liked the little pirarucu we saw, it was just a few months old, and about 20 cm long.  I will write a post about them later on.  While we were looking at the exhibit about frogs and toads, I saw a beetle on the floor.  I stopped paying attention to the frogs at that point.  Here’s what I saw:

 

 

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Jardim Botanico, Reserva Duke, Manaus

 

 

 

Into the forest

Into the forest

On our way to the research site. It is a long road through the forest.  When one is lucky some animals can be seen crossing the road, ant eaters, wild boars, and last week a black jaguar! I wish I had been there.

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