This is a Black-tailed Tityra. A bird quite often seen in Kabalebo. These birds have also a recognizable sound; a quacking sound heard high in the trees. When I photographed this Tityra it was right in front of his nest. The eggs had already hatched and he was feeding the hatchlings with insects. By the time you read this article, the hatchlings already fled out and already young adults.
Golden-handed Tamarins are small agile monkeys living in groups. When noticed they move quite fast before you even noticed them. So when you want to take a picture of them, you must always be prepared for the worse. When I noticed a group of Golden-handed Tamarins I was already too late. This one just gave me a quick glance before departing. So it looks like it was peeking through and I didn't manage to get a full body shot.
Somehow this Blue-and-Yellow Macaw had no problem with all the thorns from this palm tree. It even looks like it is having a great time up there.
I have seen ocelots passing by in front of the trophy cams. During the night in front of the feeder when I was feeding them. Daytime is quite unusual but I did have seen them several times crossing over open places, but always very quickly. This time it was my lucky day. While I was observing a couple of becards, this female ocelot decided to pass by. She was in no rush as she was hopping instead of running.
Hawk-Eagles are one of my favorite predators. Most likely because they are seldom seen. This Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle is one of them. At least 4 or 5 times I have seen one of them. This one surprised both me and the birds. I guess it was soaring above the area, saw a potential prey and just dived down. It caught a Crested Oropendola but somehow the Oropendola managed to escape. I also managed to photograph this predator before it left again,
This is the female White-faced Saki, also known as Guianan saki or Golden-faced Saki. When looking at her you won't find any White-faced or Golden-faced on her, it is referred to the male. But like all wild animals in the jungle, they are unpredictable. You never know what to expect from them, just be prepared for anything. In this case, I wasn't really prepared as I accidentally cut out her tail.
In general are woodcreepers a challenge for me. They like to sit on the wrong side of the tree most of the time and sometimes the light isn't working in your favor. This was my lucky day, even if it lasted only a couple of seconds. Here I spotted the Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper on top of a palm tree.
This was unplanned. I met this Tiger Snake while I was driving on the airstrip of Kabalebo. Out of the blue I saw something bright yellow and shiny black crossing over. Luckily I didn't hurt him but as you can see, he was not in the mood to stay long. What I also like about the Tiger Snake is their scientific name: Spilotes pullatus pullatus. Another name you can find about this snake is Tropical Rat Snake and locally known as Sapakarasneki.
There are some birds that you hear first before seeing. Sometimes it even takes years before they let you see them. This is one of them; the Black-faced Antthrush (Formicarius analis). This is a solitary ground-dwelling bird that seldom comes out in the open. This one I spotted crossing a piece that was not surrounded by dense vegetation. I guess it took a wrong turn. It quickly recovered from its mistake 'cause seconds after I took this shot, it flew directly into the bushes.
This is a South-American Coati (Nasua nasua) seen inside the rainforest of Kabalebo. It was seen standing on some branches before it disappeared into the dense forest. This is the first photo that I managed to take from this mammal.
When I spotted this little fellow for the first time, the only thing that came across my mind was that he was covered in white spots and streaks. In the old edition of the bird book, it was identified as the Lineated Woodcreeper, but after some years the name changed into Guianan Woodcreeper. I don't think it bothered him at all, as long as he can find some decent food.
A very beautiful snake; the Common Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla ahaetulla). It was seen resting on top of this banister. There was a branch hanging low over it so that is how he found his way down. Didn't do much except sticking his tongue out from time to time.
I have heard the Cinereous Antshrike countless times and several times I have seen them via a binocular, but this is the first time that the male was posing several seconds for me. I was following a mixed flock and while photographing some members of the flock, he just appeared from behind the bushes unannounced. He made my day.
On this day I was on the airstrip looking for random birds to photograph. When I turned around I saw a Lowland tapir heading to my direction. I waited until the tapir was a bit closer and to get a better shot I was lying on the grass of the airstrip. After a couple of seconds the tapir looked right into the lens. Such a peaceful walk. The only thing that went wrong that day is that I was actually too close.
It was my lucky day to see this couple. The Black-spotted Barbet is a common bird in Kabalebo, but I either see the male or the female and usually a bit higher or far from me. So until now I only had photos of the Black-spotted Barbet taking from a distance. But on this bright sunny day, this couple decided to surprise me and land in this avocado tree in plain view. All I had to do is aim, shoot and enjoy this moment.
It was my lucky day. A group of Blue-and-Yellow Macaws were sitting pretty low while eating some nuts from a nearby Maripa palm tree. This one was even posing for me for a couple of seconds and since it was a sunny day too, all I had to do is aim and shoot. And of course enjoy the moment.
This Scarlet Macaw was sitting quietly high up in the trees. He wasn't making any sounds at all but it was a sunny day and his colorful display was giving him away. It must have been his afternoon break because he was just sitting there looking back at me. For him up there, it was much easier to look at me, but for me, down there, was a different story. I had to walk my way through logs, branches, sticks, leaves, ants, mosquitos and small grasshoppers just to find the right spot to photograph him. He must have thought that I was a bit crazy down there. Sometimes I wonder what the birds think of me.
This Red-and-Green Macaw couple have been together since 2017. I have seen them several times near the River Cabins. Since they are free to go whenever they please, they can be gone for weeks or even months before I see them again. Macaws are very social animals, they cuddle a lot and from time to time they also share their food with each other. When I took this photo, it was inside the rainforest and it was late in the afternoon. This gave both Macaws a nice warm color.
A small active bird of merely 12 cm long; the Guianan Warbling-Antbird (Hypocnemis cantator). Frequently heard in the morning near dense bushes and logs. It seems like they want to play hide-and-seek since they only sit still for a split of a second and barely gives you the chance to photograph them. To make it even more challenging for you, they like to appear where the sun isn't really shining through and where you can also find a lot of mosquitoes. So it is safe to say that the Guianan Warbling-Antbird is one that likes to challenge you.
This was taken several years ago, but the Corallus Caninus aka Emerald Tree Boa is still a common snake in Kabalebo. Usually they are resting close to the river but it is also easily missed because of their nice camouflage. This was, for now, the only time that the Emerald Tree Boa was posing nicely for me.
It wasn't easy to photograph this Tropical Gnatcatcher (Polioptila plumbea) as I was trying for years to capture at least one of them. But since they are small active birds during the day and seldom sit still at one place I failed over and over again. Especially since they also like the top of high trees as well. Luckily for me this one was sitting a bit lower and after several missed attempts I finally got my first photo of a Tropical Gnatcatcher. In the end well worth the long wait.
Black Curassows are common birds in Kabalebo, Suriname. You can either spot them near the river, inside the forest or next to the lodge. Since a couple of years we have 4 Black Curassows as our neighbors. When they are living in harmony you can see all four of them passing by as a group. When they are in the middle of an argument and they didn't reach an agreement yet, you can see them passing by separately. I think that happened right before I decided to take pictures of them. It was a nice sunny day and only one Black Curassow decided to show up. Still looking elegant.
The Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) is a common bird in Kabalebo seen near the river. But due to its camouflage plumage it might happen that you miss this bird a couple of times. Especially when they are standing in an environment just like this one.
Even though the Amazonian Antshrike (Thamnophilus amazonicus) is a common bird of Kabalebo, they still succeed in making you put a lot of effort to just see them. Hearing them calling is the easy part. The challenge starts when you want to really photograph them. Somehow they have a talent to go to spots where either the light is not on your side or where a bunch of leaves is standing in the way. Here is one sample of it. Here you see the female Amazonian Antshrike that just caught an insect. I only had a split second to photograph her. Resulting in not a perfect photo but since it was my first photo of this Antshrike I am not complaining, since I am a birder in the first place.
This one was a lifer for me; the Fasciated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum) especially when I was also able to photograph it. I did have to put in some effort, because he was standing continuously behind the rocks. After several attempts and dozens of shots, I managed to take a decent one.