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Off again for the afternoon boat ride.

Iguana (about 2 ft long) with replacement, boneless, tail

Iguana (about 2 ft long) with replacement, boneless, tail

Howler monkey, male

Howler monkey, male

Howler monkey, female

Howler monkey, female

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Look, no hands!

Cocoi heron

Cocoi heron

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Cocoi heron

Cocoi heron

Black vultures. They said that this birds defaecates on its legs to cool itself. As my bird book says this bird has yellow legs, I have to accept that 'they' were not kidding.

Black vultures. ‘They’ said that this bird defaecates on its legs to cool itself. As my bird book says this bird has yellow legs, I have to accept that ‘they’ were not kidding.

And then, thanks to boatmen’s walkie-talkies, we came upon Maxime,P1140961 (800x600)slowly making his way  along the small beach.

And then he froze.  For a long time.  Clearly he had seen something.P1140962 (800x600)

He waited.P1140970 (800x600)

We waited. He waited. P1150002 (800x600)

And then in a mad rush there was nothing.P1150005 (800x600)

We heard loud barking, just like a dog, the characteristic sound of a capybara who is very unhappy indeed. But he should have been happy:  he had escaped.

One very lucky cabybara

One very lucky cabybara

And Maxine went to climb out of the river,P1150008 (800x589) P1150033 (800x568)

before changing his mind, and continuing along the riverside.P1150036 (800x606) P1150037 (800x600)

We followed. So did lots of others.

... and so did lots of others

… and so did lots of others

The jaguars are really not bothered by human attention, as long as a respectful distance is kept.

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In due course Maxime decided to go ‘inland’, showing himself from time to time.  Jaguars love the river banks as places to cool off.

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We continued on our way, vaguely making for home.

Impossible, almost, not to photograph this endearing animal, the capybara

Impossible, almost, not to photograph this endearing animal, the capybara

It is entirely vegetarian

It is entirely vegetarian

Two young water buffalo, playing. Wild animals, but introduced, not native.

Two young water buffalo, playing. Wild animals, but introduced, not native.

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How sweet is that, the youngsters trying to follow their parents up the bank?

How sweet is that, the youngsters trying to follow their parents up the bank?

Cattle tyrant on Capybara

 

Juvenile Rufescent tiger heron

Juvenile Rufescent tiger heron

Jabiru stork and small chicks

Jabiru stork and small chicks

Juvenile Great black-hawk

Juvenile Great black-hawk

The sun started to set,

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and in due course we rounded the corner, past the ‘cormorant tree’,

Home to roost for the night

Home to roost for the night

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