Updated: Sep 2
Lowland Amazon Rainforest of Peru, (River Las Piedras)
The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is home to Earths most bio-diverse locations on the planet. Known as the largest rainforest on the planet, this green city of wildlife is certainly a place to take your camera as a professional and non-professional wildlife photographer. This tropical rainforest located in South America stretches among many countries such as Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana, providing the land with unique wildlife of all designs. These designs of wildlife range from Dusky Titi Monkeys of the treetops down to the Lowland Tapir all the way to the Amazon Tree Boa of the mysterious world.
Las Piedras River
Peru however is home to some of the most untouched and unexplored areas of the Amazon Rainforest of South America. Here in the lowlands located East of Peru lies an area well known for its unexplored areas and untouched parts where man has yet not set foot where the majestic Jaguar hunts the jungle floors all the way to the uncontacted tribes that hide in the forest river banks. This unique location of Peru is known as Madre de Dios, translated to “Mother of God”. This specific spot where our internships take place is known as the Las Piedras River set far away from civilisation making photographic opportunities beyond expectation.
Why photography in the Amazon?
This bio-diverse location in South East Peru is a true photographers dream. Wildlife found here is beyond endless ranging from insects with human faces all the way to the singing monkeys that fly through the treetops in their unique shapes and forms. The lowland Amazon Rainforest is a true wonder in its natural form where the variety of images that can be taken in this forest are endless.
When on foot and walking through the forest, the long walk to find monkeys in the low trees may take a while but it is worth it. Once located, getting shots of the Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys or Brown Capuchin's can be extremely rewarding. With a professional wildlife photographer at your side, tips can be given to gain those memorable shots. Walking silently through the forest is key to sneak up on wildlife such as the lucid Ocelot of the forest and the Lowland Tapir found roaming the forest floor in search for figs. Here you can capture those award winning images that truly express the amazons wildlife at its best.
Red Howler Monkeys (Alouatta seniculus)
Travelling by boat can be a great way to gain a lot of ground in search of wildlife such as Macaws, Capybara and the rare Jaguar that use the river banks as a corridor to wander the jungle floor. As cameras need a steady hand, the rivers tend to provide a smooth ride to allow any photographer with or without a telephoto lens to get good photographic opportunities. Many photographs of wild Jaguar are mostly taken by photographers when on a boat. This is because of the boats quick speed approaching the individual and the animal hesitating to move. This approach to gain a photograph of a Jaguar gets great results in great daylight, bringing out the strong coloration of the animal set back with the vivid green colour of the Amazon forest vegetation.
Oxbow lakes especially in the lowlands of Peru, are great locations to visit during a visit to the Amazon Rainforest. As they are located next to rivers that are highways for many species such as primates, mammals and birds, oxbow lakes provide a wide range of fish and reptiles and amphibians that supply a large amount of food to passing wildlife. Large species such as the Green Anaconda that use oxbow lakes as a main breeding and hunting ground will happily predate on large passing prey such as a Grey Brocket Deer that may use a lake to drink. A great opportunity for any wildlife photographer. River monsters aside, oxbow lakes provide a great home for the famous Giant River Otter, a rare and intelligent mammal measuring five feet in length.
Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)
These photogenic aquatic mammals are very curious to humans and tend to approach due to curiosity where photographs of individuals are almost guaranteed. But be careful as Giant River Otters in numbers have been known to attack and kill Jaguars and large Black Caimans when Otter pups have been under threat.
This part of the world is truly a fascinating place for your camera and creative mind. Where ever you go in this forest, what ever you see, wildlife will be waiting in numbers and in unique shapes and sizes.