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A Blue-crowned Motmot eats a palm fruit in a secondary forest in central Panama. Motmots eat a wide range of fruits and insects, and are important seed dispersers in this area. Seed dispersal by birds and bats is essential for regeneration of secondary forests on abandoned farmland. @geomagazin @thephotosociety

A bee visits a beautiful Gustavia superba flower in a secondary forest in Panama. Interactions between plants and animals maintain healthy tropical forest ecosystems, where animals are responsible for pollinating more than 95% of tree species, and disperse the seeds of up to 90% of these species. Although Gustavia is common in secondary forests in Panama bees prefer flowers that are high in the canopy and far out of reach, it took me almost a week to get this image waiting for the occasional bees that came down to visit flowers in the understory. @geomagazin @thephotosociety

An aerial view of regenerating secondary tropical forest along the Chagres river near Gamboa, Panama. This was taken at the end of the dry season and you can see yellow flowering Guayacan trees and leafless Cuipo trees that drop their leaves during the dry season. This is near our house in Panama. We love living here - it’s a jungle! The majority of the forest around Gamboa is secondary forest less than 100 years old - I recently photographed a story for GEO magazine about secondary forest regrowth in the tropics….. I’ll be posting more from that work over the next few weeks. @geomagazin

A Keel-billed Toucan feeds on palm fruits in central Panama. Toucans are one of the few birds that can disperse plants with large seeds and play a key role in dispersal in forests in Central and South America. They are especially important in young forests growing on abandoned land, as they bring in seeds of many different species that will help the forest regenerate a diverse tree community. Today is Although they are frugivores for most of the year, during breeding season they often forage for animals to feed to their chicks. I have seen them with insects, small lizards or most commonly chicks stolen from the nests of other birds! @geomagazin

The White-bellied heron is the most endangered bird of Bhutan – with less the 20 breeding pairs (2018 census). The white-bellied heron depends of large rivers, but many hydroelectric dams now interupt these waterways reducing habitat and foraging grounds. Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. @natgeo

A Gee's Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei) in a forest near Tingtibi. This female licks his hands to eat ‘dirt’ with minerals – it helps her to digest the leaves. Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. Together with @jorisvanalphen and @uwicer in . @natgeo

A pair of rufous-necked hornbills. This is an endangered bird, less then 10.000 are left. Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. Together with @jorisvanalphen and @uwicer in . @natgeo

A collection of fruits and seeds from Manas National Park in May. Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. Together with @jorisvanalphen and @uwicer in . @natgeo

The black-necked crane is a wintering guest at 3200 meters ! During the summer they are in Tibet above 5000 meters !.They arrive in November and stay until March. Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. Together with @jorisvanalphen and @uwicer in . @natgeo

A offering of Butter lamps in a temple. Bhutan in a Buddhist nation. Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. Together with @jorisvanalphen and @uwicer in . @natgeo

A porcupine triggers my camera trap at 3000 meters. Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. Together with @jorisvanalphen and @uwicer in . @natgeo

We set up 7 camera traps in Manas National Park. Some traps are aiming to get a tiger, some others get smaller cats… We took a lot of time to camouflage the traps… we will see. Thank you very much to @peli_uk for supplying the Peli cases and to @pauljohnbayfield for his help to modify the cases ! We are hopeful !! Photo by @christianziegler , @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant. Together with @jorisvanalphen and @uwicer in . @natgeo

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