The area is rich is wildlife, or so we are led to believe. We did not see any large mammals, but a few reptiles and many birds.
You have to have a very good eye in order to spot any of the little creatures, as some of them have very good camouflage indeed.
Also, photography can be very tricky in the rain forest, as the light is usually very low. Flash will only work within a certain range, and the birds/animals don't usually stay still long enough for you to set up a tripod. That's if you can be bothered to carry one with you on lengthy treks through the jungle. Most people's pictures end up like this frog - a little out of focus due to camera shake!
This area has a rich and varied bird life, however, it is very difficult inded to get them to sit still long enough, and near enough, to take any decent photographs. I appologise about the quality of this photo of a kingfisher on the river. It was - believe it or not - the best of a bunch!
Other birds spotted in this area include:
Red and Green Macaw
Blue-throated piping guan
Black Nun Bird
White Breasted Emerald Hummingbird
Dusky Cap Flycatcatcher
I always love it when we travel with knowledgable guides and fellow travellers who can identify the birds we see, as I can't!
There are several tracks around Surama Village which are suitable for trekking. Guides will take you out, and show you the local flora and fauna. Don't expect to see many large wild animals, although they are present in the area.
We did see a couple of agoutis on the way to the village, as well as a deer. The area is said to be frequented by jaguar, our driver claimed to have seen them many times, and most people in the village had lost livestock to these predators. But see them? No. Even Paul, our Guyanes guide, was desperate to spot a large cat!