The ichthyologists begin to register fascinating fish species in the Madidi River and its tributaries, such as the ghost knife fish (Apteronotus albifrons) and the banjo catfish (Bunocephalus coracoideus).
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Bat diversity is high at Alto Madidi including new records for the Madidi protected area. Meanwhile, the team is able to photograph one of the most characteristic vertebrate species along the Madidi River, the yellow-headed sideneck turtle (Podocnemis unifilis).
With the arrival of their equipment the small mammal and ichthyologist teams begin research activities. Rain in the late afternoon cools down the forest, everyday temperatures have reached 35°C in the shade, and even higher on the beaches of the Madidi River.
After three days on the river the boats arrive at Alto Madidi with the rest of the equipment and supplies. One of the boats capsizes in the river nearing camp and the entire team has to scramble to retrieve equipment and extract an injured team member to Ixiamas overnight for successful medical attention.
Day three of camera trap placement and a chance for the rest of the #IDMadidi team to start exploring the Alto Madidi site as they wait for the arrival of research equipment: after a three day delay, now on its way up the Madidi River from Puerto Serima with the park guards and the third group of #IDMadidi members.
The south wind continues and a second day of camera trap placement and camp preparation for the majority of the team already at Alto Madidi. At Puerto Serima another part of the #IDMadidi team wait for the arrival of the park guards and two boats travelling up the Madidi River, in the pleasant and welcoming company of the Gran Dapapuri community.
The park guards and the equipment team make progress up the Madidi River on another long hot day in the sun. At Alto Madidi the ornithologists continue to increase the bird list for this sixth #IDMadidi site and the herpetology team begin research.
The camera trap team split into four groups working in parallel to place over the next five days more than 50 camera trap stations across an area of more than 200 km2 along the Madidi River and its tributaries. Apart from sampling the large terrestrial vertebrate diversity at Alto Madidi the camera traps will also provide a third sampling occasion for monitoring jaguar populations in the Madidi National Park and the Ixiamas Municipal Protected Area. Other members of the #IDMadidi team start setting up the camp which will be home for the next month as a cooler south wind with light rain arrives.
The majority of the road team take an early three-hour drive west from Ixiamas to the Candelaria River before walking all day to Alto Madidi, where they meet the recently arrived and exhausted camera trap team who have spent a third day pushing boats on the ever shallower Madidi River.
A second day on the Madidi River for the camera trap team, now within the Madidi National Park travelling up the Madidi River. The road team arrive in Ixiamas and are joined by more local guides.