This was the boat we travelled 3 hours upriver in to reach the El Prado Reserve. I was positive after I saw all our luggage loaded on the boat that there would be a 2nd boat to take us upriver. I was wrong. Six full grown adults piled into that boat in addition to that luggage for 3 hours. The boat leaked. LOLOL
But the breathtaking scenery distracted me from the water collecting in the bottom of the boat. Our trip upriver started in the early morning.
You can clearly see the high water mark on this tree. We were in Bolivia in August, which is towards the beginning of the dry season. The river wasn't to be at its lowest until about now, December. This time of year is prime Import season for fish from the Amazon, as they're easiest to collect when the waters are low.
The numbers of the waterbirds everywhere was astonishing. Kingfishers, herons, egrets, ospreys, caracaras, fishing eagles and hawks, cormorants, anhingas- everywhere you looked there were birds, all supported by this one tributary that as you see, isn't very wide! The density of the fish population blew us all away.
These caves were most likely carved by catfish; plecos, hoplos, etc. During the dry season, the caves then house birds, crabs and snakes.
Rivers are places of continual change. This tree won't be standing much longer.
Bob caught this piranha for dinner after we unloaded the boat. I was very suprised to be captivated by the beauty of these fish. There were at least 4 or 5 different piranha species that schooled right in front of our cabin, and they were all beautiful fish in their own right. BTW- piranha taste good! They're just really bony... (You can also see all the water collected in the bottom of the boat