Buttress roots of a tree in seasonally flooded forest, Loreto, Peru.
A monk saki monkey foraging high in the canopy of a rain forest tree. Monk sakis have coarse, long, shaggy fur and long, bushy tails. They spend their lives in the trees in small family groups, feeding mostly on fruits but also leaves and insects ("Pithecia monachus", Pitheciidae).
We became alerted to the presence of this rare bird (gray-bellied hawk, "Accipiter poliogaster") when the bird it was chasing flew into the dining area at Shiripuno Lodge. I don't often take multiple shots in rapid succession, but I'm glad I did this time. If I had waited for the bird to assume this pose, I most certainly would not have captured this image. The hawk was identified by Fernando, Director, and Randy, naturalist guide of the Lodge. Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador ("Noir" filter used).