Wildlife Photography
Wildlife photography Ecuador: green frog on plant stem
Wildlife photography in Ecuador is a photographer's delight

Incredible wildlife: Photo of sealion in the Galapagos Islands, gambolling on the beach
Incredible wildlife images are made easier in the Galapagos due to the unusually tame subjects such as this sealion

Wildlife photography on a Galapagos beach, as a sealion poses for the photographer
Wildlife photography made easy by the not-so-wildlife in the Galapagos Islands

Wildlife images: wild Andean bear in Ecuador
For wildlife images of shyer animals, such as this endangered wild Andean bear, a zoom lens is needed.

Butterfly wildlife image
Butterfly, picture taken in Mindo

Wildlife pictures: poison arrow frog
Poison Arrow Frog, photographed in Ecuador

Wildlife photographer on a volunteer opportunity in Ecuador
A wildlife photographer in
the humid Costa ecosystem

Wildlife photography: Green frog clinging to plant stem in Mindo
The abundant wildlife of Mindo makes it a great destination on a wildlife photography tour

Wildlife education class for local community children
Wildlife education for
the local community is vital

Wildlife pictures: butterfly
Wildlife on the wing

Galapagos wildlife: penguin
The Galapagos wildlife,
such as this penguin,
has no fear of photographers.

Wildlife photography is very
rewarding in Ecuador and
the rich biodiversity offers many opportunities for incredible images of animals in the wild.

Wildlife Photography of Ecuador Photo Gallery

Wildlife 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 high paramo grasslands, so there is lots of variety for the wildlife photographer.  The mangrove swamps are very different to the ecosystems found on snow-topped mountains, for example, and the animal and birdlife of the rainforest is abundant and colourful.
Wildlife photography: deer in Ecuador
Wild white-tailed deer in Ecuador.  This wildlife image was taken not far from Cotopaxi National Park
Wildlife photography is 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.
A 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).
Animals in pictures: giant Galapagos tortoise
Giant Galapagos Tortoise  
Animals 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.  The Galapagos 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.  
Wildlife photography: lizard in Ecuador
Lizards move fast by nature, so lizard photography is not easy.
Much 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.
Endangered wildlife of Ecuador: ocelot
It is rare to see some of the shy, endangered wildlife of Ecuador
such as the ocelot - this image was photographed at Quito Zoo.
Rare, endangered wildlife of Ecuador, such as the ocelot above, or the timid spectacled bear, is 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.  
Please respect the fact that the wildlife images, like all the photographs on this site, are copyrighted and not to be used without permission.
Ecuador in Photos: Wildlife Photography
Wildlife images, notes on wildlife photography tours and images of animals in the wild in Ecuador.