Another great day in the Pantanal, despite the increasing mosquito load.
The morning boat trip with Pantanal Nature produced another Jaguar encounter, our fifth in total.
We intercepted a huge male swimming across the river, just too late before it reached the shore and disappeared promptly into the forest:
Again we had breathtaking experiences with actively feeding Giant Otters. Amazing to see them fish together, fight over fish, scream, so close we could hear the fish bones crush between their teeth:
Disgusting Black Vulture
Again lots of good birds. Back at Panthera ranch birds were very active before the rain.
What goes in
Needs to go out (Buff-necked ibis)
I’m a screamer!
After the rain had stopped in the afternoon we birded on foot and by car around the camp and along the Transpantaneira road. Nice to experience some open country birding.
American Pygmy Kingfisher
We stayed out until darkness fell. On the way back we had a fantastic encounter with an Ocelot that crossed the road, and say many nightjars, mainly Common Pauraque.
Many thanks to Fernando for a great afternoon.
I have been birding since the age of 9, and from the age of 15 I started working professionally in birding. I have been working for the Israeli Ornithological Center since 1998. I was a member of the Israeli rarities committee between 2001 - 2007. I have an MSc in Ecology from the Ben Gurion University. I did my research on the ecology of Nubian Nightjars in Israel, and spent hundreds of nights with these fascinating birds. I lead tours in Israel, and especially focus on Nubian Nightjars obviously. I traveled and birded Asia extensively, and also Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and North America. I am married to my lovely wife Adva and father to two sons - Uri and Noam, and one daughter - Libby. Currently I live in Norwich, where I am starting a PhD project at UEA.
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