Tags

, , , , , , , , , , ,

An even earlier start this morning, Friday 25th September, as we were due to move about halfway back up the Transpantaneira to our third and final accommodation, for three nights.  So we had a final boat trip out to say goodbye to (representatives) of our river friends of the last few days.P1160281001 P1160282001 P1160295001 P1160311001

Ringed kingfisher

Ringed kingfisher

Cocoi heron

Cocoi heron

Iguana

Iguana

Good to see that the teenage Jabiru storks have two parents in fact

Good to see that the teenage Jabiru storks have two parents in fact

P1160348001 P1160359001

This caiman skeleton was about 4 ft long

This caiman skeleton was about 4 ft long

Byebye capybaras

Byebye capybaras

No jaguars this morning, so here’s Dave Allen’s reminder of our first encounter with Peter and Bianca on our first day in this area, as we gently moved off.

 

We didn’t stop much on the road, as we were rather short of time,P1160377001

but absolutely had to take photos of the weeniest capybara ever, just six inches long.P1160381001 P1160383001In due course we arrived at our last lodge, run by the same company that ran the flotel.P1160386001The iced drink awaiting us on the veranda was so welcome, and we were soon whisked in for lunch.

After a siesta we went out for another … boat ride, in two smaller boats this time.  I for one hadn’t even realised that we were to be based on rivers for this last part of our trip.  There were many fewer other tourist boats. This one contains half of our party, plus naturalist and boatman.P1160389001

These rivers were sometimes clogged with wild hyacinth, but at least it's native here.

These rivers were sometimes clogged with wild hyacinth, but at least it’s native here.

Black-collared hawk

Black-collared hawk

We were not expecting to see jaguars during these last few days either.  We believed we were heading out to see a family of giant river otters.  And so we were.  But we were delayed – by two jaguars!  As we arrived, there they were, in Fiorella’s word, ‘copulating’! I just saw the end, as they rolled apart.  We stayed there for quite a while,

Tereza and unknown male

Tereza and unknown male

P1160417001 P1160422001

Tereza. Doesn't it just do something to you when they look straight at you?

Tereza. Doesn’t it just do something to you when they look straight at you?

P1160455001so were quite late for otter bedtime.  This little one definitely did not want to go to bed,P1160481001and needed much persuasion from adults to do so.

So that was that.  Bedtime for all, we thought.  Then this happened:P1160486001An adult came swimming directly to us, such that I found  myself, when it was about 5 feet away from me, adopting my standard very singsong ‘talk to the pets’ voice, saying ‘Hello …’  Then we realised what was going on, as another otter joined in.  These were habituated to humans, and took fish thrown into the water by the boatmen.P1160500001 P1160504001

I wish I’d know this was going to happen, I would have been better prepared to take pictures.P1160523001 P1160524001It was fun to see, but nevertheless some of us were left a little with the feeling that this was feeding time at the zoo, not natural, not what we’d travelled thousands of miles to see.  The otters weren’t complaining though.P1160527001