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"What if these barnacle geese could build their nests on cliffs? Then nobody would bother their chicks."

"Decent idea, evolution. But what are they going to eat up there?"

"Well, the food is on the ground. Marsh grass and stuff. I mean, they’re geese.”

"Okay, but how are the goslings going to get down to find food before they learn how to fly? They’re like 400 feet up."

"Oh, I’ll figure something out.”


Photo catalog:

  1. The Dot-backed antbird (Hylophylax punctulatus) pictured was observed on a perch at night, a few meters above the ground. It was remarkable how close you could get — my lens was practically on top of the bird.
  2. The antbirds are a large family of small passerine birds of subtropical and tropical Central and South America. They are forest birds and tend to feed on insects at or near the ground.
  3. I tracked a similar species of antbird during the day as it followed a column of ants and ate the small invertebrates as they marched.
  4. 107 species of antbird have been recorded in Peru.

General Field Guide Note: For three weeks in October 2014, Field Guide Tom McNamara was on The Field Museum’s Rapid Inventory team for a Team Brain Scoop project, filming and photographing a little explored region of the Peruvian Amazon between the rivers Tapiche and Blanco. 

Artist Fred Tomaselli draws upon decorative traditions from around the world to create richly detailed paintings that pulsate with both abstract and figurative forms.

See more of Tomaselli’s work in The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, opening October 31st at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.