While the diversity of birds we found today in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve numbered nearly 50, they were not the only highlight. We covered the reptiles with our spotting of a rosy-tailed boa wrapped up high on a tree limb. Mammal sightings were incredibly diverse, from pink and gray river dolphins to squirrel and red-bellied titi monkeys, a couple of brown-throated three-toed sloths, and a line of seven long-nosed bats doing their best impression of tree bark. Whew! A lovely, exhausting day of sightings as we explore the Upper Peruvian Amazon.
Casual and Amazonas
On our last full day exploring the Upper Amazon, the namesake of this area made its presence felt with lots of rain in the rainforest. Sheets of rain fell last night, obliterating the view of the shore across the river less than a mile away. It’s this rain that feeds the tributary rivers and is such a critical part of the rainforest cycle of life. Fortunately, it let up this morning, and we were able to do our walk in the protected forest area of Casual with an occasional drip from above. Our findings included the Goliath tarantula, a rosy-tailed boa, and a couple of poison dart frogs that looked like they were wearing colorful Freddy Mercury tights. The images tell the story of our forest findings and the community that calls this magnificent place home.