We made a little compilation of the different birds and mammals that were recorded on our camera traps near the wildlife track. It's quite fascinating to know that all those animals roam around in the forest at night and day, just 50 meters away from the student house. Unfortunately one has to be very patient and quiet to see mammals in the reserve, but every now and then encounters like that also happen.
A couple of weeks ago my NatGeo colleague and friend Ross Weinberg visited us in the reserve. Ross is a photographer and filmmaker and when he offered to bring his drone and fly it over UPDC, I got very excited. He got some great shots on the houses and the reserve. It was pretty amazing to see our place from a totally different perspective. We even tried to fly the drone down by the river which almost ended...
Last week we had a short visit of a Banded Ground-cuckoo to one of our woodquail feeding sites. As we are monitoring the activity of the animals visiting the feeder we had placed a camera trap at the feeder. Our trap showed us that the Rufous-fronted Woodquails are still frequent visitors of the feeding spot. Other animals like agoutis, opossums and tayras also stopped by for a bite.
To our surpri...
Earlier this year Edwin Toone and Amanda de Luis, a spanish-american couple from Little Miss Lola Productions contacted me. They were planning a visit to Ecuador and they were offering to shoot a promotional video for us on a voluntary base. Of course, we didn't think twice and invited them to visit us in August.
After exchanging another few emails and a Skype call, Amanda already wrote a script and planned a...
One frequent guest at our banana feeding stations is the White-throated Quail-Dove.
Sometimes it eats so many bananas at the same time, that it can only sit and walk in an unbelievable upright position afterwards.
It's not the best quality, but the first time we managed to get a Jaguarundi on tape. We tried several weeks to lure out an Ocelot with a perfumed sock on a stick. Interestingly CK 'Obsession' is known to attract cats and was used for scientific studies as well. We didn't get an Ocelot yet, but a Jaguarundi is of course also a very welcomed cat in our reserve.
The Banded Ground-Cuckoo and other ant birds know how to prevent the attacks of the army ants. But everyone else who isn't fast enough gets quickly cut into pieces during the daily raids.
Especially the soldiers have very impressive mandibles you don't want to feel in your skin. In the afternoon the ants march back and transport the prey into the Bivouac in long columns.
A few weeks ago when the Army ants + Cuckoos were close to the station we got some really nice shots of our Banded Ground Cuckoos while feeding them with grashoppers. One of them seemed to know what we were trying to do with the camera and it posed for a few seconds just 20 cm in front of the lense.