Yanalpa & Dorado River

Jul 12, 2018 - Delfin II


Just as almost every morning, we had the choice of leaving the ship at dawn to explore the tributaries of the Amazon River by skiff. And just as every morning, 99% of us took it. Indeed the ideal time to explore. This morning was particularly beautiful! Clear blue sky, the golden hues of the sun just peaking over the forest, and the river was covered with a thick layer of mist… Just gorgeous!

Soon we saw blue and yellow macaws happily and noisily greeting the new day, and many other species of  birds flying over our heads in small flocks, flying in V-shape formations to the areas in which they feed.

A little later, we got also the chance to explore the rainforest by foot. After landing from our skiffs to shore, we climbed up the river-bank by way of a staircase cut out of the dirt literally a few minutes before, by our hard working crew. As we started to walk, led by our expert naturalists, we found the air full of many sounds of hungry active birds, looking for a meal, while at the same time trying to avoid becoming a meal.

Truly an incredibly high diversity of species here in the tropics!

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José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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