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Boat excursions from the flotel were every day from 7.00 am until 11.00 am, and from 2.00 pm until 6.00 pm.  This is the view from my window at 6.15 am on Tuesday 22nd September.P1140349 (800x600)These Blue-throated piping-guans were there every morning under what we called the cormorant tree (explanation later), but not when we returned.P1140356 (800x413)To our utter delight, shortly after setting off today, we came across a family of giant river otters, to our right as we meandered along a wide river.  Ten or eleven individuals in all, including four cubs, which were often carried in the mouths of adults.P1140404 (800x424) P1140405 (800x483) P1140442 (800x453) P1140460 (800x438)After a while they decided to cross the river in front of us, in search of one of their holts.P1140480 (800x405)

We continued on our way, seeing birds (and other creatures) we recognised, some we hadn’t seen before, and some I’m not sure of.

? Unicoloured blackbird, male

Unicoloured blackbird, male (confirmed by BL)

Cocoi heron

Cocoi heron

Caiman

Caiman

Not so sweet, this size

Not so sweet, this size

? Collared plover

Collared plover (confirmed by BL)

Mr and Mrs Southern screamer

Mr and Mrs Southern screamer

? Baird's sandpiper

Semi-palmated sandpiper (ID thanks to BL)

Black skimmers in context

Black skimmers in context

Anhinga

Mr and Mrs Bare-faced curassow

Mr and Mrs Bare-faced curassow

Kiskadee (?Lesser)

Lesser kiskadee

Blue-crowned trogon (female)

Blue-crowned trogon (female)

Yellow-rumped cacique ( weaves its nest)

Yellow-rumped cacique (weaves its nest)

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Roseate spoonbills

Roseate spoonbills

P1140636 (800x596)We were always pleased to see these, commonplace though they were.

Team capybara

Team capybara

Grampa?

Grampa?

And in due course we found ourselves, along with Peter and Bianca, in almost exactly the same spot we had all been the previous day.  This time we got much better views of the beautiful female, with her much finer features. How long could she stand that heat? I wondered, and in due course she did move back into the shade.  Peter thought this could be an invitation.

Bianca

Bianca

Bianca

Bianca

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Hopeful Peter and Bianca turning to him

Hopeful Peter, Bianca turning back to him

As we could hear from her vocalisations, he was smartly rebuffed, and when we moved to go back to the flotel for lunch, they had resumed almost the same positions as before.P1140850 (800x661)