Ecuador Photo Gallery
photography is a joy in Ecuador, though images
can't even hope to do justice to the astonishing range of
animals, birds and insects in Ecuador. The wildlife images
here in this small gallery are just a taster to inspire you
to visit and take your
own photography tour in this incredibly bio-diverse country.
Habitats in Ecuador range from dense tropical forests to the
paramo grasslands, so there is lots of variety for the wildlife
photographer. The mangrove swamps are very different to the
on snow-topped mountains, for example, and the animal and
birdlife of the
rainforest is abundant and colourful.
Wild white-tailed deer in Ecuador. This wildlife image was
not far from Cotopaxi
always a challenge requiring patience, perseverance and some luck, but
the wildlife of Ecuador is so rewarding to photograph that the results
are worth the wait. Just give yourself enough time to get the
images you want, remembering that dawn and dusk are often the best time
to capture pictures of shy animals in the wild, so you may need to camp
out, as a dedicated professional wildlife photographer would.
Incredible wildlife images are possible with
patience and perseverance.
wildlife photography tour can facilitate the process, especially if
your time in Ecuador is limited, by taking you to locations where you
are most likely to spot elusive animals in the wild, at a
suitable time of day. Your fellow photographers will
appreciate that obtaining beautiful wildlife images is a time-consuming
process and understand the need to be ready for sunrise and to make the
most of the light. Be sure to check the tour itinerary and
communicate about the kind of wildlife photography you do, so that the
birdwatchers don't get frustrated by a herpetologist photographer, for
example (or vice versa).
Giant Galapagos Tortoise
in wildlife images are
usually the slower, tamer or braver examples - the really wild wildlife
is often difficult to see and even more difficult to photograph.
Some of the wildlife images on this site were taken in the
countryside under natural conditions, others with the assistance of
hummingbird feeders or in areas where the animals are accustomed, if
not to having their pictures taken, at least to the presence of humans.
Islands offer probably the best
example in the
world of wildlife which is genuinely fearless of humans, and this makes
them a wonderful destination for wildlife photography tours.
Lizards move fast by nature, so lizard photography is not easy.
of the wildlife of
Ecuador is endangered, due to habitat destruction and deforestation,
and in some cases illegal hunting and the capture of wild animals for
the pet trade. Wildlife photographers can help by emphasising
to local people how important it is for tourism (i.e. income) and for
the environment that the habitat is conserved for the native wild
animals and birds. Many small NGOs in Ecuador, such as the Condor
Park raptor rescue centre, play
their part by educating local
communities about the need for
conservation of local habitats and the importance of not capturing or
killing birds or animals.
It is rare to see some of the shy, endangered wildlife of Ecuador
as the ocelot - this image was photographed at Quito Zoo.
of Ecuador, such as the ocelot above, or the timid spectacled
probably most easily seen at the excellent Quito
Zoo. The zoo
focuses almost exclusively on animals native to Ecuador, so would-be
wildlife photographers can get an idea of what's out there
and an idea of the shapes and movements to look out for in the wild.
respect the fact that the wildlife images, like all the photographs
this site, are copyrighted and not to be used without permission.
in Photos: Wildlife Photography
Wildlife images, notes on wildlife photography tours
and images of animals in the wild