Amazon birds, which we were very eager to see, are colorful and exciting, but the forest is also full of other creatures. Here are a few creatures and one or two birds --
|A tarantula, which a native guide found while we were hiking in|
the forest. All our other trips were by boat because most of the trails
are underwater now, in the high-water season.
|A tortoise on the forest floor.|
|This bird, the jacana, walks on the water lettuce that covers the surface of the water. This male jacana is sitting on|
a nest. The female lays the eggs and leaves them to the male. She may even make another nest with another male.
|One of many sloths that we saw hanging in the trees.|
|We saw many of these beautiful birds called yellow-rumped caciques. They nest|
all along the river banks, and we saw them on every skiff ride.
|We often saw iguanas sitting on tree branches.|
|A family group of night monkeys. We saw quite a few other monkeys as well.|
|Just after dark, our guide pulled this young caiman out of the water.|
When grown he might be 9 feet long.
|A young boy held up an unusual fish to show us as our skiff went past his|
house, which stands on stilts in the water. The villagers live on fish that
they catch -- a wide variety of species that are unfamiliar to us.
|The village on stilts in the forest.|