After a few years of bird photography, I have learned that my greatest joy and satisfaction comes from the challenge of capturing those fleeting moments that I see my ‘prey’. When I am walking or hiking I will usually have my big lens and body attached to the Jobu Jr Gimbal head that is subsequently mounted on a monopod. I will carry that combo on my shoulder and also have another body and lens combo attached to a Rapid Strap for those times that a subject is close. For this trip to Peru and the excursion into the Amazon, I packed a travel tripod since there were weight restrictions on practically every conveyance we were on, the aircraft, the trains and even the canoes on Lake Sandoval. In terms of bird photography, being on this trip provided an even bigger challenge since there would be no do-overs, only brief moments of opportunity and I wasn’t the only one on the trip. All things considered, I am very pleased with the number of keepers I did get in the Amazon on Lake Sandoval and at the lodge. In the following galleries you will see the amazing diversity of the Lake Sandoval area that I was able to capture in the two days we were there, in addition to what has already been posted.
We had three tours of Lake Sandoval, one in the early morning during which we saw the Giant River Otters and two at dusk. The first gallery of images is of birds we saw in the early morning that frequented the lake shore. I have attached some descriptive notes along with the images in this thumbnail gallery, just click on any of the thumbnails to get started.
During our downtime in between tours and meals, we had full access to the lodge grounds. I usually setup for Hummingbirds at a flowering bush hoping to capture those fast moving jewels as they moved amongst the blossoms. I have found that it is always quite productive to stay in one place and patiently wait for visitors. At the Sandoval Lake Lodge, I was able to see the following birds simply by waiting.
The next gallery contains a variety of wildlife images that I was able to capture during our walks and tours including the Common Agouti and the Amazon Racerunner that were easily found around the lodge. The hornet nest is significant because I was stung along with 2 others as we navigated a trail. The Pinktoe Tarantula, the rare Peanut-headed Lanternfly and the nocturnal Boat-billed Heron were discovered on one of our night hikes by our guide, Oscar, who seemed to have night vision. The Peruvian Night Monkey is one of the least known and possibly rarest Neotropical primates. It is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and endangered under Peruvian Law.
And finally to end this recording breaking post, I offer up two views of Lake Sandoval. The first image shows the palm-rimmed calm waters at dusk and the second is a beautiful sunset.
The next post will be on the Sacred Valley. See you in a couple of weeks!