Jaguars of Pantanal Tour: Life Along the River …

Ben’s News from The Jaguars of Pantanal Tour: Life Along the River …

As we continue from the previous blog …

We spent the night at Santa Teresa, and in the morning took a boat ride up the Pixaim river in search of interesting subjects to see and to photograph … and there was plenty! There were plenty of capybara everywhere, –

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil. Juveniles stand together at the water's edge. August 2011.

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. Mato Grosso, Pantanal, Brazil. Juveniles stand together at the water’s edge

– and Giant Otters were as busy as ever.

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In addition, the prolific bird life kept us busy – Jabiru Storks, different heron species, and varieties of kingfishers were hard at work catching fish.

We relocated to the Matto Grosso Hotel in time for a delicious lunch, followed by a fantastic cruise on the river. We enjoyed seeing numerous Giant River Otters, Storks, Herons, Egrets and had interesting encounters with Black- collared Hawks.

At dusk we stopped at a heronry to watch the birds as they settled for the night, and waited as hundreds of Great White Egrets arrived to roost at their place on the river bank. They looked unbelievably beautiful with their ultra white plumage against the dark foliage all around. It was stupendous!

Before we had to leave the Matto Grosso hotel in the morning, there was time to visit a feeding spot where some the most beautiful birds could be seen. Chestnut-eared Aracari are among the loveliest birds I have ever seen and it was wonderful to see them there … And as we were able to capture a series flight shots we were all thrilled!

5 Chestnut-eared Aracari Ben BOC2-1

A Black-collared Hawk arrived to check out the activity, giving us more opportunities for more excellent shots.

5 Black-collared Hawk Ben BOC1-1

Now we are in a town named Jardim, which we reached after a flight from Campo Grande. Tomorrow we would like to visit the famed nearby sinkhole to photograph the Red-and-green Macaws …

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