Wednesday, November 5, 2008
These are howler monkeys frolicking in a tree. It is possible to see and study howler monkeys while on wildlife viewing river trips like the photo I posted yesterday, while hiking on a trail, road or along the beach, or while driving down a country road.
It is a delight to see monkeys in the wild. They swing freely from branch to branch. They stay in close family units, often grooming each other and frequently with a mother with a baby clinging to her back. They do not mind being stared at by humans.
They can be a challenge to photograph, however. As in the first picture above, usually they are photographed from below, looking up into the sky. The backlighting and black coloration of the howler monkeys mean that the photos are usually dark silhouettes. For that reason I have posed the second photo to show what they look like. My wife took this photo on a wildlife river trip, such as the trip shown on yesterday's photo, when a group of howlers were feeding close to the river bank.