Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s contribution, photos from Peru, are from a regular, Joe Dickinson. His captions are indented.

Here is the first of two sets of wildlife photos from a recent trip to Peru that I’ve been saving until you returned from you antarctic adventure.

Not very exotic, but I think this flight of pigeons in front of the cathedral in Lima is rather striking.

Iquitos is where we boarded a boat for an Amazon cruise.

This three toed sloth ( genus Bradypus, ) has a baby clinging to her stomach.

The baby is perhaps easier to see in this shot.

This may be a Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea).  At least that name seems to fit. [JAC: this species doesn’t seem to be known from Peru, so readers can help out here.]

This is a young red tailed tree boa (Boa constrictor)

OK, not exactly wildlife, but my wife gives some scale what I believe is a Kapoc tree (Ceiba pentandra), one of the species that can be “emergent” (extending beyond the canopy).

Another tarantula looks to me to be a different species from the one above, but I haven’t been able to find any suggestion of an ID.

This is a rather soulful looking spider monkey (genus Ateles)

The wooly monkey (genus Lagothrix) is more muscular looking but also very agile.  Both, of course, have the prehensile tail characteristic of New World monkeys.  I had to bite my tongue to avoid correcting our guide when he said Old World monkeys have no tail.  Wrong—it’s just not prehensile. He also asserted that tarantulas are not spiders because they have ten legs rather than 8.  Wrong again, they just have rather large pedipalps (mouthparts).  This sort of thing always makes me worry: what else did he/she get wrong that I don’t know about.

Here, out of context, is a baboon (Old World) making rather good use of her tail.




  1. Mark Jones
    Posted December 12, 2019 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Fab photos!

  2. Posted December 12, 2019 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Nice photos, thanks Joe. When were you in Peru? Where-all did you go in Peru? 🙂

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted December 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      We were there at the end of October, just for 10 days. We thought of it as a “Peru sampler” with a day in Lima, 3 days cruising on the Amazon and the balance in and around Cusco and Machu Pichu.

      • Posted December 12, 2019 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

        Fun. My brother was there just before you were.

  3. Posted December 12, 2019 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Excellent photos. I can definitely sympathize with Joe’s concern about the misinformation the guide is sharing.

    • Posted December 12, 2019 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Jungle guides vary a lot, but many are just bullshit artists. Most have only a superficial knowledge of biology and accept whatever someone else tells them.

  4. Posted December 12, 2019 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Great pictures! Hard to get pix of things against a cloudy sky without chromatic aberration.

    The first tarantula looks to be this Peruvian species:
    but yours is more vibrant. That could be because of age or having recently molted.

  5. rickflick
    Posted December 12, 2019 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Whiplash here from the shift across the South Atlantic for the baboon – but worth the extra effort. 😎

    Love the soulful spider monkey.

  6. Debra Coplan
    Posted December 12, 2019 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Really fantastic photos! Thanks so much…

  7. Kathy Mechling
    Posted December 12, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    The church photo reminds me that most churches make excellent bird houses. I dream some day they will be converted to this good use.

  8. Posted December 12, 2019 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Great photos. Love the glam rock tarantula especially!

  9. mikeb
    Posted December 12, 2019 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Them monkeys made my day.

  10. David Coxill
    Posted December 12, 2019 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank dog i live in Britain.

  11. Mark R.
    Posted December 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    This was a terrific batch. I always love monkey pics!

  12. Posted December 13, 2019 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Spiders (sort of) and spider monkeys, what a wonderful place!

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