|A Happy Man - Look behind you!|
Brazil may be famous for its amazing football team and for Salsa dancing and even nuts but it is also a wonderful place for watching wildlife. Together with nine friends we decided largely on the Pantanal because of its reputation of being the largest wetland in the World and giving excellent chances of seeing Jaguars as well as many bird species.
|Entrance to the Transpantaheira|
We were not disappointed. As soon as we entered the Transpantaheira a dirt road which runs for 148 kilometres south crossing over 120 wooden bridges we realised how amazing this place is. We had flown over 6,000 miles from London via Sao Paulo and Brasilia to reach Cuiaba before heading south via Pocone. We arrived in the Pantanal proper in the afternoon and were making our way to our first lodge Pouso Alegre. Just before dusk we stopped on a bridge by a large area of water to watch our first feeding group of birds including the huge Jabiru Storks, Wood Storks and Cocoi Herons. Dozens of Black-crowned Night Herons were also emerging to feed. We watched the sun set over hordes of Yacare Caiman gathered at the edge of the water.
|Sunset over the Caiman|
|Mark and Jabirus|
|Giant Lily Pads|
|A male Jaguar at rest|
We spent the last day and night on the Pantanal at Pousada Puival where we obtained our best view of Greater Rheas wandering over a vast grassland. This is a working cattle ranch and we were taken to a large stretch of water where many birds were gathering to roost. We did fail though to find a Giant Anteater.