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A Meadow by the Amazon

December 3rd, 2013 · 3 Comments

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During the last few days that we were able to experience the Amazon, we eased our way back to civilization. The first and last village we visited is called Prado, the Spanish word for meadow. The villagers told us that 85 people in 15 families live there around the meadow at the edge of the river. We started out by birding but also experienced the village scene.

My favorite shot was a dusky-headed parakeet at an edge of the meadow.

A Dusky-headed Parakeet Peeks from its Home in the Palm

A Dusky-headed Parakeet Peeks from its Home in the Palm

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In a tree beside the river a flock of parrots enjoyed the fruit and squabbled.

Parrots Talk in the Wild Too

Parrots Talk in the Wild Too

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I especially appreciate the next bird, a member of the tityra genus. Of course I did because of its red mask! Say ti-TIE-ra, not titty-ra.

This Male Masked Tityra Isn’t Really Wearing a Mask

This Male Masked Tityra Isn’t Really Wearing a Mask

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This long-tailed lizard would rather leap across the stream than get its little feet wet. My roommate Don was our lizard wizard, and he says that it is a member of the teiidae family. I can hardly believe the correct way to pronounce it, but several websites have audio guides and say it’s like this:

A Leaping Lizard!

A Leaping Lizard!

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I was so glad that I took my flash equipment on this trip. Even though most days were sunny, I used my flash a lot. Sometimes the birds and animal I saw were in the shade, and at other times they were backlit. I wouldn’t have been able to get acceptable photos of several of the shots above without my external flash and the Better Beamer extension, which focuses the light out at least 100 feet in front of the camera. I especially remember that the parakeet was in the shade. I remember it well because getting the exposure right was so hard.


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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MARGE Gledhill // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I look forward to all the neat pictures you have on
    the site–Keep healthy and continue sharing your
    photography–HAPPY NEW YEAE 2014

  • 2 Rose // Jan 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    You have a wonderful website for Diabetics and I enjoy your travels and photos very much.
    Thank you and Happy New Year.

  • 3 David Mendosa // Jan 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Dear Rose,

    Great. Thank you. The photos are to make us accept our diabetes! I hope it works that way.



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