Rigs in a rainforest

Print edition : July 26, 2013

Paddling in the creek.

The centuries-old kapok tree. The stately kapoks with massive buttress roots soar like Ionian columns into the canopy.

A gorgeously plumed macaw.

The Amazon jungle is home to a unique bird species called the hoatzin, the size of pheasants and just as colourful.

A yellow-rumped cacique perched on its nest. Also called the oropendolas, a species of passerine birds, which weave pendulous nests.

A striated heron.

A pair of smooth-billed Anis.

A Common Potoo.

Parrots and prakeets at a salt lick.

A caiman in the Coca river with its head above the water. It is so powerful that it can easily upset a canoe.

A capuchin monkey. They usually move in groups.

A butterfly.

A tortoise on the forest floor.

A poisonous snake curled up on the forest floor.

A squirrel monkey at a jungle lodge.

Oil drilling going on in the Yasuni National Park. The oil reserve in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini oilfield is estimated at 850 million barrels. Ecuador's fledgling economy is overly dependent on oil export revenues.

Gas flares on the banks of the Napo river testify to the presence of oil production. Associated gas that emerges from oilfields cannot be evacuated without pipelines and is hence flared on site, sending up plumes of smoke which drive away wildlife.

The Napo is abuzz with boats and barges transporting oil for shipping.

At the Anangu Community centre. Anangu are Kichwas, a derivation of Quechuas, the native tribes in the Amazon region.

An Anangu woman.

Anangu children at the boat jetty.

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