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Transpantaneira Highway

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There is only one road into/out of the Pantanal...the Transpantaneira Highway, a rough dirt road with 140 bridges.

So when our time in the Pantanal was up, it took the better part of a day to drive the 147 kilometers (about 91 miles) back to Cuiaba to catch our flight home.  

 

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After our what-could-have-ended-badly transportation incident with Mr. Grumpy Pants a couple of days before, Nicolas requested a different driver to pick us up at our lodge and drive us to the airport, with stops along the way to take a few final photographs of Pantanal wildlife.

It was a much more relaxed and enjoyable ride out than the tense ride in...

 

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I was excited to see a spoonbill amongst the whistling ducks...


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Nicolas is sneaking in for a closer photograph...

 

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Beautiful and unique birds!

 


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A trio of flycatchers...especially beautiful (but very difficult to photograph!) when they are flying...

 


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Caimans always cruisin'...

 

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You always get the distinct feeling that you are being watched...and you are!

 

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We saw well over 100 caimans that morning...they were everywhere!

 


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Cattle egrets among the large herds of cattle....

 


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Momma screamer and her chick...

 


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Jabiru poking in the muck...



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I love this photo because it shows so many different animals together, all peacefully co-existing...

 


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Our friendly driver pulled up to this long-abandoned house and began whistling....

 


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A few seconds later, three big owls appeared!

 


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They perched right overhead! 

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Gotta love a guy that can call owls and they come flying in!

 

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A snail kite uses that intimidating beak to dig snails out of their shells....

 


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The egret and capybara don't seem the least bit fazed at the proximity of the caimans...

 


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This caiman had something in its mouth...and the heron and kingfisher couldn't care less...

 

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A tern circling over the marsh...


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A striated heron...

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Some bridges are more rickety...


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...than others.  

 


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Curious capuchin...

 

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A troupial...wow, isn't he magnificent?!


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Muscovy duck...


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This pretty thing is a scarlet-headed blackbird...

 

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Here are new birds to add to our list...a big group of monk parakeets....


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...and their nest.

 


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Marsh deer...


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A red-crested cardinal...

 

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Eventually the dirt road turned back to pavement...


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...as we arrived back to civilization/the village of Pocone...

 


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Yep, obsession with cell phones is everywhere!  Wonder if it's against the law to text and pedal?

 


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Those plateaus we saw on the way to Cuiaba are gold mines...

 

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Interesting!


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And just before we arrived in the city, this colorful toco toucan showed up to bid us farewell....

 


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Time for us to fly too!

The perfect end to a perfect Pantanal holiday, spending our last morning cruising along...

...the Transpantaneira Highway.

 

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