Pied Tamarin (Saguinus bicolor) I consider this to be the most valuable photo in my collection. Not for its technical quality, which is quite poor. It is the rarity, the bizarre specie, and the extreme case of luck I had capturing it. <br />
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The night before, our guide spoke of a mystical &quot;bat monkey&quot;, half monkey, half bat. As he was drinking, I thought he was kidding, but I decided to push my luck anyway and got up real early the next morning to visit an area of fruit trees, where there&#039;d be a tiny chance to spot them. <br />
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There was no need for that though. A troup of five was right above me as I got out of our lodge. They were travelling across the high tree tops very fast and I got frustrated for only shooting blurry photos and the leafs and trees blocking a good view.<br />
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Until I got lucky, almost out of sight, for a split second one of them turned around to look back at me. Here it is, the bat monkey, or Pied Tamarin. Extremely rare and almost extinct. Furry, a bat&#039;s face and claws and a long tail. Zoom in to see its bizarre face. Amazon,Brazil,Geotagged,Monkeys,Pied Tamarin,Saguinus bicolor Click/tap to enlarge Species intro

Pied Tamarin (Saguinus bicolor)

I consider this to be the most valuable photo in my collection. Not for its technical quality, which is quite poor. It is the rarity, the bizarre specie, and the extreme case of luck I had capturing it.

The night before, our guide spoke of a mystical "bat monkey", half monkey, half bat. As he was drinking, I thought he was kidding, but I decided to push my luck anyway and got up real early the next morning to visit an area of fruit trees, where there'd be a tiny chance to spot them.

There was no need for that though. A troup of five was right above me as I got out of our lodge. They were travelling across the high tree tops very fast and I got frustrated for only shooting blurry photos and the leafs and trees blocking a good view.

Until I got lucky, almost out of sight, for a split second one of them turned around to look back at me. Here it is, the bat monkey, or Pied Tamarin. Extremely rare and almost extinct. Furry, a bat's face and claws and a long tail. Zoom in to see its bizarre face.

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  1. A picture of such demonic quality should deserve a vote and a comment. Captivating story, I did not know they existed, let alone faced distinction. It must have been a beautiful experience seeing them alive, let alone through your viewfinder in the quiet noise of jungle awakening. A valuable photo indeed with an experience to match. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks Ludo, indeed our Amazon visit has been memorable in many ways. This surely is the rarest creature I have seen in the wild so far. Posted 2 years ago

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The pied tamarin is an endangered primate species found in a restricted area in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest.

Similar species: Primates
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Uploaded Jan 1, 2012. Captured Sep 8, 2011 12:44 in R. Um, 71 - Puraquequara, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/7.1
  • 1/800s
  • ISO1600
  • 500mm