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Puerto Rico Nature Photography

Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas. Come along my nature adventure and see Puerto Rico’s wild side through my camera’s photo lens. Ivan Cordero


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Highlighted Species

This month’s highlighted species is the Green Iguana (Iguana iguana). The Green Iguana is not originally from Puerto Rico, but it has adapted very well to the lush Caribbean habitat. Green iguanas (Iguana iguana) are the island’s largest lizards. Green iguanas can reach over 6 feet in length and weigh 14 pounds or more. These lizards are herbivorous and largely arboreal, meaning they are very able tree climbers. Younger specimens may consume insects in addition to fruit, leaves and flowers.

Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas

At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas we are committed with the preservation and understanding of Puerto Rico’s abundant, but fragile wildlife habitat. From the conservation of declining swamp areas to the successful comeback of Puerto Rico’s local parrot at WildAtPalmas.com our goal is to raise awareness of the wonders of nature through photography.

By visiting our website you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its many habitats. Take a visual tour and read an honest review of our many nature reserves. Puerto Rico is rich in ecosystems as well as in the vast variety of life that inhabit these diverse natural resources. It’s all here; white sandy beaches, humid rain forests, dry coastal forests, beautiful coral reefs, rocky shore lines, dancing sea grass beds and mangrove forest & lagoons all located in this small enchanted island. It’s important to know that although diverse; these very fragile ecosystems depend on one another to survive. These ecosystems are formed by communities of plants and animals that interact between themselves and the environment.

At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its forest habitat. The tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forest biome, also known as tropical dry forest, is located at tropical and subtropical latitudes. Though these forests occur in climates that are warm year-round, and may receive several hundred centimeters of rain per year, they have long dry seasons which last several months and vary with geographic location. These seasonal droughts have great impact on all living things in the forest. Deciduous trees predominate in most of these forests, and during the drought a leafless period occurs, which varies with species type.

At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its seashore habitat. A coastline or seashore is the area where land meets the sea or ocean. A precise line that can be called a coastline cannot be determined due to the dynamic nature of tides. The term “coastal zone” can be used instead, which is a spatial zone where interaction of the sea and land processes occurs. Both the terms coast and coastal are often used to describe a geographic location or region; for example, New Zealand’s West Coast, or the East and West Coasts of the United States. 

At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its swamp habitats. A swamp is a wetland that is forested. Many swamps occur along large rivers where they are critically dependent upon natural water level fluctuations. Other swamps occur on the shores of large lakes. Some swamps have hammocks, or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation that tolerates periodic inundation. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater. Some of the world’s largest swamps are found along major rivers such as the Amazon, the Mississippi, and the Congo. And yes; these are also found in Puerto Rico.


Highlighted Nature Reserve

Highlighted Nature Reserve

Through-out 2018 the WildAtPalmas team will be reviewing the many nature reserves on the island of Puerto Rico. These reviews will be limited to how well the reserves serve the nature photographer’s requirements for a day out in the wild. Unfortunately many nature reserves are currently closed due to the impact of hurricane Maria, but keep in mind that after a hurricane nature has an amazing ability to return stronger and more beautiful than before. This month we will go over the amazing Yunque National Forest.

The Ecosystem

The Ecosystem

An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. As ecosystems are defined by the network of interactions among organisms, and between organisms and their environment, they can be of any size, but usually encompass specific, limited spaces (although some scientists say that the entire planet is an ecosystem). This means that all we do has an effect either positive or negative on the world’s ecosystem.

Every species requires a certain set of environmental conditions to be able to move around, feed and reproduce. Whether it’s in the Forest, Swamps/Mangroves and Seashores the place where each species finds the conditions it needs to live and thrive is called its habitat. At WildAtPalmas.com we strive to share through photography those organisms that are part of Puerto Rico’s ecosystem. We divided these ecosystems in three natural habitats; Forest, Swamps/Mangroves and Seashores.

When habitats are threatened, so are the animals that live there. For example, birds rely on certain waterways or forest areas, so when their habitat is broken up by roads or other commercial development, their ability to survive is jeopardized. And we’ve all seen what can happen to wildlife, such as birds, sea turtles and marine mammals, when an oil disaster strikes, like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. We live in a small island just 111 by 36 miles, we could walk those 36 miles in a day, everything we put in here or everything we let go has a direct impact in our Forests, Swamps/Mangroves and Seashores that in turn leads to its living organisms. And it just happens to be that we are part of those living organisms.

Our Goal

Our Goal

The understanding and knowledge of the process and balance that nurture our local ecosystems are critical to their continued existence. At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas our goal is to create awareness of these natural resources (through photography). Also to assist in the understanding and importance of conserving, preserving and protecting all our fragile ecosystems.

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Puerto Rico Bird List

Birds in Puerto Rico include a total of 385 species, of which 199 are accidental, one has been extirpated, and one is believed to be extinct. Seventeen species are endemic. I have included a list of those species that I have personally photographed here. It is a work in progress so images will be added as I continue this nature photography journey.


Enjoying Puerto Rico Nature Photography

You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook. If you enjoy nature photography as much as I do you will love to visit Puerto Rico Wildlife by Alfredo Colón an amazing nature photography site with thousands of images of birds, insects, reptiles and many others. Also ahead of the game is Benny Diaz’s Instagram page where you can watch in wonder; and ponder on just how he got that perfect shot of that bird in flight. And for the best digital wildlife information subscribe to the Wildlife Photographic Magazine. Check out my links below and continue to enjoy nature photography at Puerto Rico.

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