The southern lapwing is a wader. It is a common and widespread resident throughout South America, except in densely forested regions (e.g. most of the Amazon), the higher parts of the Andes and the arid coast of a large part of western South America. This bird is particularly common in the basin of the Rio de la Plata.
The most striking bird I saw at Iguazu Falls. Like all Jays they are noisy and territorial, and above all quite attractive bird. Apart from the falls, Iguazu is part of a protected rainforest ecosystem and home to a great number of plants, birds, mammals species and more. A must see and should be on everyone bucket list.
The Great Kiskadee with his striking yellow chest, is the largest of the Tyrant Flycatchers, measuring up to 10 inches (26cm) from head to tail. It is present from southern USA through Central America to northern South America.
Shot from a decaying tree.
Heliconius melpomene, the postman butterfly, common postman or simply postman, is one of the heliconiine butterflies found from Mexico to northern South America. Several species in the genus have very similar markings and are difficult to distinguish and known under different names such as Rosina
Feeding on the branches deep down from the level I was standing. Its bright color gave it away.
Males of this medium sized butterfly reflect a brilliant purple iridescence from the upper side wings. This butterfly breeds in rainforest habitats at altitudes from sea level to about 1600m.
Males are often seen on sunny forest tracks or along the beds of dry streams, imbibing mineral rich moisture from rocks.
Another species of butterfly that blends very nicely with its surrounding, well camouflaged and unseen by many visitors. Quite a handsome species.
This little butterfly was hardly noticeable as it stood still. For a clearer view, I thought that blurring the background foliage in Photoshop will make them both stand out better,
They appear in great number everywhere looking for hands out from humans, creating a dangerous interaction…but they enjoy the snapshots.