Cruisin' the Rio Claro
In Search of JAGUARS

Favorites from North Pantanal

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Before we head south down the Transpantaneira Highway deeper into the heart of the Pantanal, a few more favorite photos from our stay at the Rio Claro Lodge.

I only had the opportunity to photograph this one chestnut-eared aracari...

 

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...but wow, what a stunning bird!



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A group of toco toucans perched right over our heads the morning before we left.  So beautiful!  Tocos are the largest of the toucans.

 

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A crab-eating fox roamed the grounds a couple of times while we were roaming too....

 


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Our first jabiru was wading in the water trying to fight off annoying bees.  These storks are huge...we saw many more later that week.

 


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Lapwing showing its gorgeous plumage...

 


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Cute little pygmy owl...

 


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Lovely parrot...I believe of the turquoise-fronted Amazon variety...

 


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Cuckoo-cuckoo....

 

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If you think this trogon is lovely from the back...

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...you should see its underside!  Same bird...flew to a different branch.  Amazing!

 

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A successful fishing expedition for this pretty little female kingfisher...

 

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But I'm a bit partial to this handsome male fisherman, going after piranhas with a simple string and hook baited with pieces of fresh fish tied to a bamboo pole.

 

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One cast = 1 nice piranha!  Between Kim and Benedito (smiling in the back), they caught several piranhas in just a few minutes.


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Battling parrots....with a quiet observer underneath...

 

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A pair of golden-collared macaws...someone please snip off that dead branch in front of her face...it's messing up my picture!  I asked her to scoot a little to the left, but she was not cooperative.

 


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Pretty kingbird...

 

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Elegant fly-catcher....

 

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Pretty little woodpecker...



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And I'll finish with this shimmering jacamar...

...one of my favorites from north Panatanal.

 

 

Comments

Terri Chapman

These are gorgeous pictures of gorgeous birds!!! Love them....

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