At the start of December I spent 9 wonderful days at Mariza Epicentro, Marsha Hanzi’s permaculture farm in the Tucano province of Bahia state, north-eastern Brazil.
This, the first of several themed posts, contains photos of wild animals from or near the farm.
A monkey eating watermelon. A group of monkeys regularly visited and hung around the property
A toad enjoying the cool water in Geraldo the goose’s bowl. Toads were also regular farm visitors, with signs on buildings requesting people to keep doors shut to stop them from entering
A dragonfly, one of various insects encountered at Mariza Epicentro
One of the monkeys walking on a wire fence
A ~2 metre long iguana resting in a tree above the chicken cage, likely waiting for an opportunity to eat some eggs
Many, many species of birds visited the farm including two species of hummingbirds. This is a silhouette of the larger hummingbird
Another of the larger hummingbirds having a rare rest on a branch during the hot afternoon sun. Most of the time hummingbirds hovered from flower to flower and plant to plant making good photos difficult to take
A juvenile monkey looking sideways for food
Lizards were common sights around the property, particularly away from the cats
This birds nest containing two white eggs is not very high off the ground but relies on the cactus plant’s spines for protection from predators
Another toad, this one on the road at dusk
On the farm I also saw pretos, animals that looked like a cross between a rabbit and a rat. Unfortunately they scampered away too fast for a clear photo.