In June 2019, I visited Manú National Park in Peru. I stayed at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge on Manú Road in the cloud forest and Amazonia Lodge near Rio Madre de Dios in the lowland forest. I used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to obtain video footage of the forest habitats and a Sony PCM-D100 to obtain audio recordings. Videos and audio recordings may be accessed in this playlist. The birds that were seen and heard during the trip appear in this list. For practical reasons, the images that follow appear in reduced resolution. One of my favorites may be viewed here in full resolution.

Manú Road winds through the mountains from the cloud forest to the lowland jungle.

Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge is visible on the lower left.

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (female).

Masked Trogon.

Black-and-chestnut Eagle.

Cinnamon Flycatcher.

Ocelot footprint.

Bamboo is an important habitat in Manu Park.

Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge.

The port of Atalaya on Rio Madre de Dios.

Amazonia Lodge.

Turquoise Tanager.


Jaguar footprint.

A Strangler Fig, which originates from a seed in the canopy and sends roots down to the ground. The roots that are nearing the ground in this photo had penetrated into the ground a few days later.

Olive Oropendolas.

Horned Screamer.


Russet-backed Oropendolas.

Hydro-electric generator that provides power for Amazonia Lodge.

Looking down the trail to the ridge.

The ridge above Amazonia Lodge from which several drone flights were launched.

Good habitat coming into view through breaks in the clouds.

Looking down Rio Madre de Dios.

Looking upriver toward Atalaya.

A vast expanse of undisturbed habitat.