In January of 2007, I joined a three-week expedition in the Beni region of Bolivia which was organized by the Swiss biologist Robert Guggenbühl. It was rainy season in Bolivia. Water levels had risen 6 meters or more.
A pair of peacock bass (Cichla ocellaris) on the river shore in Bella Vista (Rio Baures) was one of the most interesting video shootings I could make. The range of visibility is less than 1 meter in most places during the rainy season in these black water rivers. Dark water color plus turbidityin the rainy season… Luckily, at the location where I filmed the peacock bass water was relatively clear.
Peacock bass is the biggest predatory cichlid in Amazon which may grow up to 1 meter. Even the famous oscar fish (Astronotus ocellatus) is food for a peacock bass. The young pair I filmed was but smaller; I guess 60-70 cm.
Snapshots from the video above:
Tunç Ali Kütükçüoğlu, 13. November 2009, Zürich
Great images you have videos and images you have here. Keep up the good work. This is one of the best ways to let people know that we need to take care of our environment.
I’m an animal lover and I hope I do something like this in my life soon! Another thing I want to do is go to an African Safari.