Ecuador Photo Gallery
can't even hope to do justice to the astonishing range of
animals, birds and insects in Ecuador. The wildlife
photography here in this small gallery is just a taster to inspire you
to visit and take your
own animal photos in this incredibly bio-diverse country.
Habitats in Ecuador range from dense tropical forests to the
paramo grasslands, so there is lots of variety. The wildlife
of mangrove swamps is very different to that found
on snow-topped mountains, for example, and the wildlife of the
rainforest is abundant and colourful.
Deer in Ecuador. This picture was taken 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 wildlife, so you may need to camp out, as
the dedicated professional wildlife photographers often do.
Giant Galapagos Tortoise
in pictures 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 photos 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.
Lizards move fast by nature, so capturing them in a photo 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 of
killing birds or animals.
It is rare to see some of the shy, endangered wildlife of Ecuador
as the ocelot - this example 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 pictures, like all the photographs
this site, are copyrighted and not to be used without permission.
in Photos: Wildlife of Ecuador
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