Ecuador - the upper Amazon [2]

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3 years 7 months ago #86593 by nkgray
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To get to La Selva you board a motorised canoe in the oil town of Coca for a 2-hour ride down the Napo River. On arrival at the La Selva jetty you disembark and have a 10-minute walk through the jungle on a boardwalk for another boat ride, this time by paddle canoe (La Selva is an eco-lodge - no motors allowed). The 20-minute canoe ride takes you via a 'creek' into the blackwater lagoon known as Garzacocha ('heron lake') and along the length of the lake to the lodge.

The boardwalk part of this 'arrival' turned up a pair of Black-banded Owl



We then transferred to the canoes for the creek and lake part of the transfer.



The creek was full of calls, mainly from antbirds - a family whose members are notoriously difficult to see - and I managed only "ID shots" of a female White-shouldered Antbird



....and this male Dot-backed Antbird, grossly over-processed to enhance the light. This was shot at 1/15th of a second!



Just before emerging into the lake we picked up one of the resident flycatchers, a Cinnamon Attila



Photography from the canoes on the lake is probably the easiest of anywhere at La Selva



The resident Hoatzin make one of the best subjects



with the Greater Ani a close second



Two more flycatchers are common around the lake....

Social Flycatcher



...and the very similar looking Great Kiskadee



As we approached the lodge .....





....we got our first sightings of White-winged Swallow



From the lounge area of the lodge itself....



....it was possible to see the unusual sight of a flock of 50-100 Sand-coloured Nighthawk, a gregarious nightjar that is also crepuscular in its habits and which roosts in a tree right next to the lodge



Other common sightings on the lake were 2 of the 7 monkey species at La Selva,

the large and unbelievably noisy Red Howler Monkey



and the diminutive and very cute Squirrel Monkey




Neil

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3 years 7 months ago #86595 by gordon
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Awesome! Awesome! and did I mention Awesome!! <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

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3 years 7 months ago #86596 by Peregrinedive
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Am loving your posts Neil!

Thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful trips!

Regards,
Abe

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