anhinga, cacique, capped heron, capybara, caracara, cocoi heron, giant anteater, giant river otter, green ibis, hyacinth macaw, Jabiru, piping-guan, purplish jay, rufous hornero, smooth-billed ani
Fearing we might be a little bored with jaguars (?!?!?!?!), the leaders decided – after consultation – that this morning we would not go in search of felines, but visit instead a very bird-friendly fazenda (farm). So, even earlier than usual, we set off with the faithful Manuel, this time turning right from the flotel. (Up-river I think, but the waters flow so slowly in that so-flat land that it was difficult to tell).
But before going any further, do you remember the giant anteater we saw a few days back? Dave Allen was a fellow wildlife enthusiast on this trip. A great birder, he personally saw 199 different species during our time in the Pantanal. He was wielding a video camera for much of the time, and he has authorised me to share with you this excellent clip of our anteater encounter. Can you believe that such an animal exists?
We had hoped yesterday’s rain might mean it was a little cooler today, Thursday 24th September. In vain.
It was not long before we came across a small group of Giant river otters. Those with fish were making it very clear they were not going to share.
Shortly afterwards, the boat screeched – metaphorically – to a halt. We had come to a phenomenon that neither of our naturalists had ever seen before: Capped herons courting. What beautiful birds!
We moved on.
When we arrived at the fazenda, we were stepping on to land for the first time for three days, though it seemed, in the nicest way, to have been much longer. What a collection of avian masterpieces we saw there, including those noisy, noisy Hyacinth macaws once more.
And there was a little extra treat in store at the river bank as we went back to the boat for our return to the flotel and lunch.