Belluda Creek and Dorado River

May 09, 2019 - Delfin II


This morning we explored a lovely tributary of the Ucayali River, Belluda Creek. We left Delfin II right after breakfast to explore the creek.

The skiffs cruised through the narrow stream over the aquatic vegetation. Different species of birds were sighted as we pass next to the forest edge. The air was filled with a mix of bird calls.  We all enjoyed what nature had for us.

For the afternoon, we explored Dorado River. At the mouth of this tributary, a small village was settled by “Ribereños.” The kids rapidly shared with us the different species of fishes their parents had caught during the day. Their friendly faces were all captured by our cameras.

We kept exploring the river until sunset. Our naturalist brought out the spotlights because it was the perfect moment to start looking for caimans. As the light was pointed at the aquatic vegetation, red eyes began to show up. Different sizes of spectacle caimans, as well as black caimans, were sighted. What a great way to finish another day exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

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Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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