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Automeris egeus, Lake Soledad

2nd November 2017

Above: IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK FERNLEY www.markfernley.zenfolio.com On one of our last remaining nights at Lake Soledad, we came across a most remarkable caterpillar. Earlier in the evening at around 10pm we went on a night walk to a nearby stream for some amphibian macrophotography. Due to the dry season or more likely some very…

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Little fruit Bats, The hollowed out log!

2nd November 2017

Written By Jaime Thomas, Intern with Untamed Photography 10/21/17: While out in the forest working on our mirror project, Mark and I came across several very large fallen trees off the side of the trail. They looked as though they had been cut down some time ago and just left to lie there. Upon closer…

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Mirror-Image Stimulation Study, Jaguar at River Pariamanu, Peru

21st September 2017

Behavioural Analysis of Jaguar (Panthera Onca) – Mirror Interaction Lowland Peruvian Amazon Rainforest – Pariamanu River, Madre de Dios Region June-September 2017   Photography and Videography by Mark Fernley Untamed Photography Ltd. Critical Analysis and Behavioural Interpretation by Richard Huzij MSc Psychology     Setting Subject: Jaguar (Panthera onca) – Filmed using a camera trap…

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Mirror-Image Stimulation Study

23rd August 2017

Self-awareness among animals is an interesting and controversial topic in the scientific community. To indicate an animal’s self-recognition in a scientific sense, psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. developed the “mirror self-recognition test” (MSR), that includes placing a visual marking on the animal’s body and comparing it’s behaviour with and without the mark. This method should show…

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Bothriopsis bilineata! The Documentary

22nd August 2017

The Madre de Dios region of Peru is known for it’s diverse wildlife and rainforests. Close to the Tambopata River, Mark Fernley (‘Untamed Photography’ coordinator) and myself, Wouter van Kootwijk (intern), were doing a night walk in search of different reptile species. After only a few minutes, we encountered one of the rarest snakes in…

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Fledging of the Macaw

15th July 2017

  Coming back from a forest walk to photograph some frogs and katydids, I noticed in the grass a tatty blue jacket flapping in the breeze. With a second glance I saw it was clearly a bird, the tatty tears being the feathered edges of the wings. It was blue and the right size for…

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Cicadas (Cicadoidea) Cross Section During our Internship

28th June 2017

During an Untamed Photographic Internship, we go the opportunity to create and photograph a cross section of the towers created by the Cicadas themselves here in the Lowland Peruvian Amazon. After three hours of digging and cutting, we got to photograph the artistic design of the “Cicada”. This idea was to show how the insect itself as a…

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Light Box Photographic Guide Work (1)

31st August 2016

Internship Light box work, image above showing other species photographed before my arrival with Untamed Photography. During my internship with Untamed photography, one of the tasks we carried throughout the duration of the month involved light box photography. This light box work is for an online reptile and amphibian guide that will clearly show the features…

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The Giant River Otters (Lake Soledad)

30th August 2016

Giant River Otter Photograph above taken by Marcus Marissink. During the Macro photography workshop based in the ARCC (Amazon research and conservation centre) in lake Soledad, we were lucky enough for the opportunity to photograph giant river otters. This family of 7 Giant River Otters, (Pteronura brasiliensis) have a nest residing along the edge of the…

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Bushmaster Photographic Shoot

24th April 2016

Mark and I managed to get a close encounter with a Bushmaster (Lachesis muta) in the Las Piedras River area on 2nd March 2016. The Amphibian & Reptile Research Coordinator (Alberto) of Fauna Forever (a Peruvian non-profit that studies wildlife populations in the Peruvian Amazon) was following a group of Peruvian spider monkeys (Ateles chamek)…

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Walking Leaves

10th February 2016

Walking leaves is something we associate with a science fiction movie. In this case, our photography turns science fiction to science fact! During an Untamed Photography field session deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, many miles NW of Puerto Maldonado up the Las Piedras River in forest managed by the Las Piedras…

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Beyond Machu Picchu!

30th January 2016

Recces, research and photography in the hidden tropical valleys beyond Machu picchu   It must be three years ago that Juan Carlos and I were discussing the ecology of cloud forests and the economy of local communities in the high Andean and tropical montane valleys to be found just beyond Machu picchu, the place on…

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Cordyceps Fungus

16th November 2015

When our Untamed Photographic leaders are free to roam the lush forest of the Amazon in the region of the Madre de Dios, they get to photograph objects out of the norm. When walking through the forest, we tend to get sighting of white blobs under and on leaves. Sometime these can be bird faeces…

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Pyllomedusa Bicolor Photo Shoot

15th November 2015

Set deep in the Peruvian Amazon,located in the region of Madre de Dios in a small logging concession, I (Mark Fernley) set out with a team of Fauna Forever biologists, my aim, to photograph the vast array of amphibians in all their shapes sizes and colours. A week into our trip, one of my encounters…

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The Peacock Katydid Shoot

12th October 2015

Mark Fernley, Co-director & leader of Untamed Photography set out to explore more of South America’s lush but highly threatened terrain, namely the forested region of the Yasuni National Park in the east of Ecuador. ‘When I set foot in this lush green environment I could not help myself focusing on the small alien looking…

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Our SLR Camera Trapping

29th September 2015

Down into the Bozovich Concession and on into the forest set in the Medre de Dios region of Southern Peru, Untamed Photography leader Mark Fernley set out with his homemade SLR camera trap with white flash. ‘I placed it near a swamp where a trail went into the dark stagnant water. The camera trap was…

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Hoffmans Two Toed Sloth & Baby

24th September 2015

Out of the field and into the heart of Puerto Maldonado City, we still find wildlife lurking around our every corner. During Untamed photography’s stay in Puerto Maldonado, one of our leaders Mark Fernley accompanied by a volunteer of Fauna Forever noticed that there was an unusual screeching and cry coming from a small patch…

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