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Douglas Kahle Underwater Photography

Photographer Douglas Kahle visited the Amazon to photograph the Amazon River Dolphins. Doug specialises in underwater wildlife photography, so the river dolphin populations close to Tucan Amazon Lodge were the perfect opportunity for him to add these magnificent creatures to his impressive portfolio.

Lago Acajatuba, some three hours from Manaus, is one of the areas in the Amazon that has a resident dolphin population which is protected by local people, helping in the conservation of this beautiful species. Tucan Lodge sits on the banks of the lake so it was the perfect place for Doug to spend as much time as he needed to take photos of them from very close up. The lake is part of the Rio Negro system, whose black waters come down from the mountains of Colombia and Venezuela. There are plenty of sediments in the dark waters of the Negro, which means that underwater visibility is low, around a metre or two at the most usually. For visibility, as well as the fact that the acidic waters do not support breeding mosquitoes, the Rio Negro still has the advantage over the Rio Solimoes though! They join at the Meeting of the Waters, the Solimoes bringing lighter coloured, cloudier water down from the Andes of Peru and Bolivia, and after not mixing for the first few kilometres, they continue 1,500km down the Amazon River to the Atlantic Ocean. The lack of mosquitoes also explains why Manaus was founded on the first available landing point upstream from the Meeting of the Waters on the Rio Negro!

This helped Doug to spend many an hour taking photos of dolphins, and he also visited Uacari Floating Lodge, with more Amazon creatures to photograph above the surface such as the caiman, plus many more in the canopy, with squirrel monkeys, parakeets and the prehistoric hoatzin amongst others. You can browse more on Doug’s websiteand Facebook page, plus some of his other photos of creatures from outside Brazil.

Brazil Adventure Tours are proud to have helped organise Doug’s Amazon Wildlife Photography Expedition!
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