Monday, November 10, 2008

Birding Under Cover

Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes) - Mombacho Volacno - Nicaragua

I'm heading to the Peruvian Amazon this morning and will be out of reach for the next 12 days. I'm volunteering for Earthwatch at the Tambopata Research Centre on a macaw biology and conservation study being conducted by Dr. Don Brightsmith. I'll be assisting in field work that focuses mainly on three species of macaws - blue and yellow, scarlet and red and green and their interaction and use of clay licks. The clay licks at Tambopata are among the world's largest and host hundreds of birds representing 18 parrot species and the research area is home to over 500 species of birds -- so I hope to bring back some good shots. The area also holds the record for the most species of butterflies and tiger beetles and I hope to find a few of those for Doug Taron at Gossamer Tapestry.

I'll be back with Amazon posts and more Nicaragua in about two weeks. See you then.
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