Guyana’s Wildlife along the Rewa River

I just returned from an amazing trip to the Amazonian jungle of Guyana. Together with friends and local guides I spent a month on the Rewa river searching for wildlife. Aside from many birds, insects, snakes, frogs and lizards, we got rewarded with outstanding sightings of tapirs, anacondas, capybaras, harpy eagles, an ocelot, a jaguar, giant river otters and even a puma.

Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) basking in the sun
Large anaconda (Eunectes murinus) curled up on a dead branch above the river taking in some sun light (Nikon D800, 105mm/f2.8, 1/750s, f8, ISO 1250).

I took my Nikon D800 along, together with the 300mm and the 600mm lenses, and got some pretty good pictures. I think all people who claimed the D800 is not for wildlife were plain wrong. In the jungle you are always begging for more light, so most of my photos were shot in the range ISO 640 – 3200 and turned out fine thanks to the D800 high resolution and outstanding dynamic range.

Here are some first impressions. It will take some time to process all photos and put them online. But you can already find some wildlife pictures taken in Guyana, over the next few weeks I will add constantly some more to my database.

Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja)
A harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) sitting on a branch and looking down. Nikon D800 (300mm/f2.8, 1/2000s, f6.3, +0.67, ISO 3200).
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
A wet ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is trying to find a way up the bank of the Rewa river after falling into the water (Nikon D800, 600mm/f4, 1/800s, f5.6, +1, ISO 1000).
Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) accompanied by a bee (Nikon D800, 300mm/f2.8, 1/2000s, +0.5, f4, ISO 1250).
Cougar (Puma concolor)
A cougar (Puma concolor) on the bank of the Rewa river after hunting down a sloth (Nikon D800, 300mm/f2.8, 1/750s, f4, ISO 3200).
Jaguar (Panthera onca)
A panther (Panthera onca) glimpsing through the bushes at the edge of the Rewa river (Nikon D800, 300mm/f2.8, 1/1000s, f4.8, ISO 900).

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