Guyana

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Re: Guyana

Postby Wolfgang Wüster » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:35 am

:shock: That was one hell of a safari!!! Amazing post!
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Re: Guyana

Postby Peter Oefinger » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:03 pm

Hard to believe that such a von Humboldt-like trip is still possible in the 21st century!
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Re: Guyana

Postby Thomas Bader » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:18 pm

How cool is this!!!
I really envy you!
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Re: Guyana

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:29 pm

I was wondering if it's common for frogs to breed in the dry season...
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Re: Guyana

Postby Bastien Comment » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:53 pm

Fantastic report!! I will dream of the anaconda this night for sure ;)
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Re: Guyana

Postby Thomas Reich » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:05 pm

Thanks for your comments!

Guillaume Gomard wrote:One question (maybe I'll have more in the following): Is Melanosuchus niger common in the place you investigated?

It seems to be common. We saw them on a regular basis. One night we had 11 adult black caimans right next to our camp at the same time. They stayed in the water in a distance of about 10 to 15 meters from the waterside. I think they were waiting for food, be it fish oddments or... human legs? :?

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:I was wondering if it's common for frogs to breed in the dry season...

As far as I can judge this is not common in the Guianan rainforest. We only heard very few amphibian species calling during our trip (e.g. Hypsiboas boans, Rhinella marina). Hypsiboas boans was calling every night at a lot of places and I think that this species also breeds in small rock pools. Rock-pool breeders obviously have to wait until the water level goes down. Breeding in the dry season looks like an anti-cyclical behaviour of a minority of species to me.

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There were tadpoles in the majority of rock pools like this (don't know the species). Note that the water level is several meters higher in the rainy season.
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Re: Guyana

Postby Bobby Bok » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:50 pm

Please, feed us more pictures Thomas, have you also seen any primates or cool birds?
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Re: Guyana

Postby Laura Bok » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:29 pm

Wow, Thomas, that´s more than impressive, great post and certainly epic trip! I didn´t even miss the salamanders in your report ;).
More photos? +1!
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Re: Guyana

Postby Daniel Kane » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:57 pm

Have to agree with all the comments above! Personal highlights were the big cats, otters and the anaconda. Of course though, everything looked excellent. It must've been the best trip of the year so far for you Thomas!
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Re: Guyana

Postby Martti Niskanen » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:46 am

Wow. What a post!
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