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During A Bat Shoot

29th September 2018

When it comes to photographs of our groups at work, intern Mas Mong Mo got one hell of a shot to show how we photograph the Hairy Eard Bat in a naturally hollowed out tree in Tambopata, Peru. In the photograph, it shows an inconspicuous bat flying back in speed after Mark Fernley captures images…

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(Puma Concolor) M.I.S.S, Mirror 10

4th July 2018

(Puma concolor) Mirror10, LPAC, LasPiedras, Madre de Dios, Peru On the 7th June 2018 we returned to Mirror 10 (M10) located near a stream treefall at station LPAC on the situated alongside the Las Piedras River. Here we came to check the mirror early in the morning and there we spotted many prints of a…

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(Leopardus pardalis) M.I.S.S, Mirror 10

4th July 2018

(Leopardus pardalis) Mirror 10, LPAC, Las Piedras, Madre de Dios, Peru This individual (Leopardus pardalis) was also captured on the camera trap on mirror 10 at a stream in LPAC located near the Las Piedras River. This individual (L pardalis) remained at the mirror for several minutes and had very minor interactions with its reflection….

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Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) Mirror 10

29th June 2018

Following on from the mirror image stimulation study in the lower Peruvian Amazon concentrating on competitor recognition with Neotropical cats, Untamed Photography has taken a mirror into the region Las Piedres River situated near a well used tree fall located over a large stream. Interns and coordinator chose this location because previous camera traps found…

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Seeing the Tree Boa at Tambopata

23rd June 2018

Finding ourselves in the marshy swamplands at night was to be expected when looking for a snake that only shows itself in these settings. The Amazon Tree Boa normally lives in the canopies, making it too hard to see, let alone photograph. However, all animals must eat and the best time to see this snake…

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Mirror 10 Setup, Rio Las Piedras

22nd June 2018

Untamed Photography’s mirror image stimulation study focusing on the competitor recognition with Neotropical cats of the lowland Peruvian amazon was certainly a challenge! This long term project consists of placing many mirrors in the lowland Peruvian Amazonian Rainforest in areas such as Terra-firma and Flood plain it mainly focuses on big cat behavioural interactions towards…

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White Boxing the Emerald Tree Boa

20th June 2018

When it comes to the rare species found in the Amazon Rainforest, the stunning individual found in the canopy of the lowland Amazon Rainforest was one to remember during the light box photo shoot. We had trouble getting the various shots but this stunning reptile truly created a work of art in the frame. This…

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The Emerald Palm Snake Experience

20th June 2018

  During the first week with Untamed Photography, us volunteers had the chance to experience the white boxing of an emerald palm tree snake. A year and a half ago, Mark Fernley started a project that captures different species of reptiles to be used for an app for people to use for easy identification. For…

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White Box with Neurotoxins

20th June 2018

When it comes to intense moments while white boxing snakes for the species guide, the coral snake (Micrurus obscurus) is certainly a challenge. Untamed Photography coordinator Mark Fernley proceeded to white box the live specimen with Herp Coordinator Dylan Singer with interns observing from afar due to the danger of the snake. Precautions were taken…

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A quick find in the Amazon Rainforest

23rd May 2018

While walking through the lush forest of the Amazon Rainforest, Mark Fernley the team leader of Untamed Photography spots a small but beautiful snake that looked photographable. We got up close and captured some great shots as we messed with lighting and composition!

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My Smooth Fronted Caiman Shoot!

22nd May 2018

The Smooth fronted Caiman! Finishing our time at LPAC was sad, but it meant moving on to the next exciting location: Secret Forest. Going out on night walks here followed similar procedures to back at LPAC, but when we decided to look for caiman to photograph it meant getting wet! The smooth fronted caiman is…

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Duski Titi Monkeys, A Close Encounter!

29th April 2018

11/23/17 We had a bit of excitement on this rainy, dreary day. Later in the afternoon there was a lull in the rain and shortly thereafter several Dusky Titi Monkeys (Callicebus moloch) paid a visit to the edge of the forest surrounding our platform. We heard their whooping calls, then two of them emerged from…

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The Peruvian Chicken Spider

25th January 2018

Blog (Hanging out with a giant tarantula…..)   12/08/17: I found another interesting creature of the night while off on a walk after dark. I was following a trail through the forest and there suddenly appeared a huge black tarantula, right on the trail in front of me! I stopped and observed it for a…

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Another Fine Day to Photograph Blue & Yellow Macaws

29th December 2017

12/03/17: Today I showed Lana the lake where the beautiful Blue-and-Yellow Macaws are nesting. The day had started out cloudy and rainy but by lunchtime the sun was peaking through. We arrived there close to the middle of the afternoon and by then it was sunny and we had a beautiful blue sky over the…

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Caiman’s of the Tambopata, Jaime Thomas

29th December 2017

Story Written by Jaime Thomas, intern of Untamed Photography 10/21/17 Tonight after dark Mark, Bryn and I walked down to the river. The water level is very low right now and we were hoping to spot caimans and/or mammals. Well, no mammals appeared but we did manage to catch several caimans, one close to a…

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Mirror Image Stimulation Study, Jaguar 3

21st December 2017

Jaguar 3 & Bicoloured Porcupine Once again, the Mirror Stimulation study has recorded data from another Jaguar within the region of the Madre De Dios river basin in the Peruvian Amazon, as well as a Porcupine. As with the previous fortunate finds, the subjects interacted with the mirror and I will, like before, present an…

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Yellow & Blue Macaws (Ara ararauna)

3rd December 2017

10/26/17: Mark and I walked along a trail that took us through the rainforest to a clearing where a section of forest had been burned down. It was a bright, sunny day and we gazed around at what looked like a hot and dry wasteland covered with scorched fallen trees. From where we stood we…

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Mirror in a Small Mammal Claylick

13th December 2017

Untamed Photography Mirror Image Stimulation Study Project by Mark Fernley   10/21/17: We visited a small mammal clay-lick in the forest. We walked carefully along the thick, mud-like clay to a small ‘cave’ against the bank at one end of the clay-lick. The entrance to this ‘cave’ was about 60 cm in diameter. There were…

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Installation of Mirror 5&6 (M.I.S.S)

4th December 2017

Mirror Image Stimulation Study (M.I.S.S) 10/20/17: An exciting new project is underway from the team at Untamed Photography: Mark has initiated a study in which we’re observing the behaviour of rainforest mammals and birds that react to seeing their own reflections, and capturing it on video. To do that we are setting up mirrors at…

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Little Fruit Bats, The hollowed out log (Videography!)

4th December 2017

Blog Written By Jaime Thomas & Chris Ketola 11/11/17: Once again we went back to the “Bat Tree” as we have now dubbed it. The goal today was to capture video of the bats moving inside of the tree. I crawled in first with my camera, laying it on a pillow. My headlamp was attached…

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Little Fruit Bats, The hollowed out log (part 2)

4th December 2017

Mark and I made another attempt at photographing the bats today. Our strongest light wasn’t charged so we used our smaller headlamps and took turns crawling into the log. Mark attached his ring light to a long stick and tried sliding it under where the bats were hanging. However, with the weaker lights we were…

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The Yellow Tailed Cribo with Jaime Thomas

3rd December 2017

10/20/17: Today Mark and I were walking through the forest, heading toward our first location for the mirror project. There was suddenly a loud rustling in the grass to the right of the trail. We stopped and as I glanced towards it, Mark dived into it. Suddenly he was standing up and grasping onto the…

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The Amazon Tree Boa shoot with Jaime Thomas

3rd December 2017

11/10/17: The herp team caught a juvenile Amazon Tree Boa the other day. The snake has some interesting colouring, with black and salmon coloured markings on the back and belly. It was a bit feisty, snapping at Mark when he pulled it out of the bag. I held it and it finally calmed down, then…

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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 a…

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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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