Entrance to the Pantanal
This is the famous Trans Pantanal Highway
The scenic Trans Pantanal Highway.
Not exactly 4 lanes, divided.
High and dry
Wattled Jacana forages, using a Capybara as a perch.
Hyacinth Macaws preen each other in the early morning light.
On the hunt
Old scarred Jaguar prowling the bank of the Cuiaba River for prey.
What are YOU looking at?
Giant River Otter checks out his family after a dust bath.
Lower and to the left.
Southern Caracara grooms ticks off of a Capybara.
That's the spot!
Southern Caracara grooms ticks off of a Capybara. The Capybara rolled over to present his belly to the bird.
Sneaking up on three Capybaras
A male Jaguar slinks up the beach after spotting three Capybaras. They saw him, snored in alarm, and one dove into the river. Spotted (ha!), the Jaguar gave up and slipped away into the brush.
We found this Red-footed Tortoise, Chelonoidis carbonaria, next to a fence one evening when we stopped to open a gate. The annular rings on her shell are not worn smooth, and suggest that she was less than 10 years old.
Stalking the riverbank
We found this female jaguar prowling the thick brush of the riverbank at dusk and followed her for 30 minutes, by which time it got quite dark.
The jaguar had a caiman by the back of the neck; the caiman was clearly incapacitated, and barely struggled.
A big dinner
It was now so dark that I could only see the white underside of the caiman with my naked eye, but that was enough to know what was going on. The jaguar blended into the dark background and I only saw detail in the images later.
Getting a grip
Once the caiman was on shore, the Jaguar adjusted her grip. Check out those claws!
The Jaguar shifted her grip form the back of the caiman's neck to its throat.
Moving to a dry dining area with more privacy
The Jaguar got a good grip and dragged the poor caiman out of sight into the thick brush.
The odd couple
Black Howler Monkeys; only the male is black, while the female and juveniles are light brown to buff-colored.
This Giant River Otter lost his pack and was swimming back and forth frantically, calling for them.
Sleeping off a big meal.
We watched him sleep and stretch and turn for an hour and 15 minutes.
Sleeping it off
This Jaguar was sleeping off a big meal on the bank of the river.
This Giant Anteater was wandering the grounds of our lodge, feeding in anthills, when we returned from road cruising for birds and critters after dark one night.
This Giant Anteater is feeding. Note the dirt on his formidable claws and the many ants on his nose and feet.
A tapir, one of a pair, came out of the forest and entered the weed-choked pond at twilight to cool off.
Heading out to forage.
He liked that notch on the side of the palm tree; it seemed to give him a good grip and he kept returning to it.
Getting out of bed
Lineated Woodpecker in the early morning sun
Abbott and Costello Moment
"What's that little woodpecker's name?" "Yes." "What's its name?" "The Little Woodpecker." "That's what I'm asking YOU!" "No, that's its name, the Little Woodpecker."
Central Sipo Snake swimming in the river.
Central Sipo Snake
The Odd Couple
Rococo Toad, Rhinella schneideri, with a hitchhiker.
Wild Hyacinth Macaw pair high in a tree.
Acuri Palm, the main food of the Hyacinth Macaw
Prehensile-tailed Porcupines are nocturnal and rest during the day.
Catch of the day
Yacare Caiman gets a fish as a fly watches.
The one that didn't get away.
Cocoi Heron absconds with the fish that he speared through-and-through with his beak.
Red-and-Green Macaws, or Green-winged Macaws, are the second largest macaw behind Hyacinths and are rarely seen in the Pantanal.
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
There were 12 pairs of these, 24 birds in all. Each pair was bonding by preening each other.
Old man looking for breakfast
We watched him stalk the riverbank for over an hour.
Catching the last evening rays.
Why did the caiman cross the road?
Probably to get away from the Jaguar. Yacare Caiman
Momma spider caring for her brood
Mato Grosso Oval Frog