“Fotoparade” – My best travel photos of the first half year of 2018

What were your best travel photos in the first half of the year 2018? Michael from Erkunde die Welt dedicated himself to this question, but also asked other bloggers to participate in the seventh “Fotoparade” to share their photos. I’m more than happy to join this year as well.

On my last journey at the beginning of this year I went to Brazil. I was interested in this country especially because of its biodiversity. By all means I was definitely not disappointed and I went home with thousands of photos that now wait to be published.

As I dedicate myself at the moment especially to animial photography and as we are on a blog about wildlife, I show exclusively photographs of wild animals. From the six categories of the “Fotoparade” I choose the two categories “close-up” and “best photo” (although the “best photo” is a “close-up” as well).

As I was mainly in search of non-human primates, I will show photographs of only this animal group. The term “non-human” might sound a little bit complicated and inconvenient for you. However, I like to use this term, as we humans are primates, too. Furthermore, this term is quite common in primatology.

My best travel photographs of non-human primates in Brazil

Crested capuchin (Sapajus robustus)

Wildlife Travel
Crested capuchin in the Reserva Natural Vale

I saw the crested capuchin in the Reserva Natural Vale close to Linhares in the state of Espírito Santo in Brazil. That means, in the East of Brazil close to the Atlantic Ocean. The Reserva Natural Vale was an insider tip of a Brazilian and was actually not on our itinerary. However, the Reserva Natural Vale is abundant in biodiversity and is an UNESCO World Heritage natural site. When Ricardo (who is Brazilian by the way) and me went to the Reserva Natural Vale, we did not expect to see crested capuchins or any other animals. We were late and it was a very hot day. We thought most animals probably hide and relax from the heat. When I saw and heard a yellow-throated woodpecker (Piculus flavigula) drumming I became hopeful to see some more animals on that day. However, mosquitos were biting us all the time. And thus, we left the area of the Atlantic Forest in the Reserva Natural Vela to get rid of the mosquitos – at least for some time. As there was a small timber roof on stilts we went there to protect ourselves some time from the hot sun… until we heard something in the top of the trees. There was a group of crested capuchins moving through the forest. The crested capuchins were jumping from tree to tree and I followed them with my camera until they stopped at a tree with an open jackfruit. The younger crested capuchins reached first the jackfruit and got their share of the fruit. However, when a bigger crested capuchin arrived, the other individuals left and cleared the way for him. I think that this bigger individual might have been the alpha male of this group. One crested capuchin hid behind a big jackfruit and I thought that this one is a great photo motif. I could have watched the crested capuchins for hours, however, as it became later and later, eventually we had to leave again.

White-headed marmoset (Callithrix geoffroyi)

White-headed marmoset on the Morro da Penha in Vitória

In Brazil it is sometimes very helpful if you know some Portuguese or if you travel with a Brazilian. When we stopped at Vitória – the capital of the state Espírito Santo and likewise located in the East of Brazil – we got another great insider tip of a Brazilian. She recommended us to walk up the forest on the Morro da Penha where the Convento da Penha (translation: convent Penha) is located as in this area live small marmosets. Indeed. When we walked up the Santuário da Natureza (translation: natural reserve) of the Morro da Penha we did not see any marmosets, but after enjoying the view from the Convento da Penha over the city of Vitória we spotted some White-headed marmosets at the entrance of the convent. We watched them how they gnaw the bark of the trees. They did not appear shy at all to us and the other visitors. They appeared quite indifferent to the people around. They just continued with their life like they probably do every day.

Common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus)

Common marmoset at the Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro

The „Cidade Maravilhosa“ (übersetzt: Marvelous City) – how Rio de Janeiro is known – has to offer not only samba, soccer or Copacapana, but also wildlife. Like for example the common marmosets. If you go from the Praia Vermelha into the direction of the Pista Cláudio Coutinho at the Sugarloaf, there is a good probability to see wild common marmosets. The Pista Cláudio Coutinho is an asphalted walkway of about 2 km distance. As the walkway is surrounded by dense trees you can go for a walk in the shadow of the sun. There is also a walkway up to the Morro da Urca where you have a great view over the city. When we walked through the Pista Cláudio Coutinho we saw common marmosets more than once. They are not shy, but they also do not care about the people around them. It was not very easy to take photographs of them as these animals move very quickly. However, this was a very welcome challenge for me. While the sun was very strong at the beginning when we entered the walkway, later on the day the light became less strong and warmer. Thus, in the late afternoon I got this picture. They actually look quite cute, however, they are not very popular among conservationist as they are not native to the forests of Rio de Janeiro. They rob eggs from native birds and compete for food with other native animals.

Common marmoset in the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro there are actually many places where you can see common marmosets. One other place is the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro. Common marmosets apparently are very well adapted to human settlements as they are so common. In the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro I was actually on the search for black-pencilled marmoset (Callithrix penicillata). I was not successful with this, but we saw again some common marmosets.

Golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)

Golden lion tamarin in Silva Jardim

One very special experience on my journey to Brazil was our visit of the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) in Silva Jardim in the state Rio de Janeiro because in this area of the Atlantic Forest live golden lion tamarins. This experience was so special as golden lion tamarins are an endangered primate species. The IUCN lists the golden lion tamarins in the category “endangered”. In Silva Jardim we met a group of very committed people who put all their efforts and passion to the protection of the golden lion tamarins. Every day they control populations of golden lion tamarins. They are also involved in reforestation projects to close fragments of habitats so that golden lion tamarin populations can exchange genetically. When golden lion tamarin habitats are separated through streets, they cannot meet with each other. During my stay at the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado I learned a lot about the golden lion tamarin. I think exactly this is responsible tourism. As the guides control the populations every day, they have a big knowledge about these animals. I think many more people should know about this great project of the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado. Therefore, you will read much more about these wonderful animals in the future on this blog.

Black capuchin (Sapajus nigritus)

Black capuchin in the Itatiaia National Park

When I was in Silva Jardim at the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado I wished to see the golden lion tamarin. However, in the Itatiaia National Park I was not on search for a specific non-human primate species. As the Itatiaia National Park is popular especially among bird observers I expected to see many, many colorful birds. Therefore, we participated at a bird excursion. I was impressed by the bird diversity in the Itatiaia National Park. However, when I heard that capuchins live in the national park as well I was continuously looking for them in the trees as well. At the end we did not spot them in the trees, but at the side of a gravel road as there was sitting comfortably one black capuchin. While one individual was sitting at the side of the gravel road, other individuals were sitting or climbing the trees. We were almost alone with the black capuchins. Only some Brazilians passed and stopped for a moment to take some pictures.

Black capuchin in the Foz de Iguazú

We met some black capuchins later again on our journey. And that was on the Argentinian site of the Foz de Iguazú. However, there was a big difference in the behavior of the animals. At the Foz de Iguazú (in april) there were many more people than at the Itatiaia National Park (in March). Correspondingly, the black capuchin groups had a quite different behavior. While the black capuchins kept their distance in the Itatiaia National Park, the animals at the Foz de Iguazú came quite close begging for food. Unfortunately we had to observe how black capuchins were robbing hamburgers and how a woman was feeding the animals with biscuits (although you can read everywhere that this is not allowed).

Southern muriqui (Brachyteles arachnoides)

Southern muriqui in the Parque Estadual Carlos Botelho

Another great experience in Brazil for me was observing Southern muriquis in the Parque Estadual Carlos Botelho. As I was not successful searching for Northern muriquis (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) in the Feliciano Miguel Abdala Nature Reserve, I was very happy to have found the Associação Pró-Muriqui where I could join for one day a group of committed conservationists in the forests of the Parque Estadual Carlos Botelho. It is difficult to describe my experience. It was just wonderful to sit or stand in the forest and observe the animals. While the Southern muriqui is “endangered” according to the IUCN, the Northern muriquis are even “critically endangered”. Unfortunately many people do not know the muriquis. Because of that you will hear much more about these animals again on this blog.

Best photograph

Common marmoset at the Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro

My favourite non-human primates in Brazil are the golden lion tamarins and the Southern muriquis. However, as I cannot decide between them and as it was quite difficult to get a high quality photograph of the muriquis I decided to choose a young of the common marmosets as best photograph. I have chosen this photograph because I like how this young looks into the camera and how it was possible for me to blur the background. This common marmoset young lives at the Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro.

Other blogs that participated at the “Fotoparade”:

  1. Die Reise Eule
  2. Nesting Nomads
  3. Austria Insider Info
  4. Wir auf Reise
  5. Travelinspired
  6. PixelWo
  7. Julie en voyage
  8. Ferngeweht
  9. Steflei Fotografie
  10. The Lost Photo
  11. Etappen Wandern
  12. The Road Most Traveled
  13. Reisewut
  14. Trip to the Planet
  15. Smiles from abroad
  16. WorldCalling4Me
  17. Moosbrugger Climging
  18. Gailtal on Tour
  19. Tberg
  20. Ai see the world
  21. Dive the globe
  22. Mit Kind im Rucksack
  23. Gin des Lebens
  24. Wanderlust
  25. Wandernd
  26. Sirenen und Heuler
  27. Segeln mit Yemanja
  28. Reisepsycho
  29. Safetravels
  30. WoMo Guide
  31. Reisen-Fotografie
  32. Nat Worldwide
  33. Esther’s Travel Guide
  34. Bambooblog
  35. Paleica
  36. Freidenkerin
  37. Genuss Touren
  38. Mogroach
  39. Lost in Travel
  40. Borboleta meets World
  41. Kulturtänzer
  42. Weltgefühle
  43. Take a Hike
  44. Fee ist mein Name
  45. Hikelust
  46. Lovely Shots
  47. Suitcase and Wanderlust
  48. Little big Voyager
  49. Reise Weise
  50. Phototravellers
  51. Tief im Allgäu
  52. Crosli
  53. Cruisetricks
  54. Travelsanne
  55. Weltschaukasten
  56. Genussbummler
  57. Loszugehen
  58. North Star Chroniles
  59. Travelsome
  60. Mein Weltbuch
  61. Philippinen Blog
  62. Lieschenradieschen reist
  63. Karl reist
  64. Op jück und zu huss
  65. Imprintmytravel
  66. Web und Welt
  67. Magnetic Voyage
  68. Silver Travellers
  69. Reisezoom
  70. Wanderhunger
  71. Unterwegs mit Kind
  72. Ting Ting’s Nest
  73. Breitengrad66
  74. Reisebloggerin
  75. Geheimtippreisen
  76. Blue Bayou
  77. Anna immer unterwegs
  78. Hin-fahren
  79. Abenteuerzeilen
  80. Sophias Welt
  81. Anna Tours
  82. Tobias Hoiten
  83. Sinne und Reisen
  84. Travel Bloke
  85. Lichttraeumer
  86. GoOnTravel
  87. Cache’n’Travel
  88. Chien Normandie
  89. Padermama
  90. Naturfreundin
  91. Travel more – Babble less
  92. Schwerti on Tour
  93. Barfuss im Sand
  94. Pixel Wo
  95. 2 on the go
  96. Reiselust-Magazin
  97. Days, Weekends & More
  98. Smile, Snap and Travel
  99. Vom Landleben
  100. WellSpaPortal
  101. Salty Toes
  102. Kiraton
  103. Kreuzfahrtautorin
  104. Travellingcarola
  105. Bruder auf Achse
  106. Tausend fremde Orte
  107. Hinter dem Horizont
  108. Escape from Reality
  109. Welt & Farben
  110. La vida – Fotografin auf Reisen
  111. Ausreisserin
  112. Reiseblitz
  113. Katetravels
  114. Reiseaufnahmen
  115. Nimsaj
  116. Travellife
  117. Misses Mister
  118. Dream & Travel
  119. Immer Woanders
  120. Moose around the world
  121. Travlgedengl
  122. Weltreize
  123. Travelroads
  124. Willkommen Fernweh
  125. Jennifer Alka Photography
  126. Places and Pleasure
  127. Thru lensed eyes
  128. 58 Grad Nord
  129. Tips4Travellers
  130. Fernwesen
  131. Familie Reiselust
  132. Coachabenteuer
  133. Lens & Feather

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