Monday 23 October 2023

Pantanal, Brazil - birding from the bus

To get to our base in the northern Pantanal we had a long drive; 147k on a dirt track. Along the way we crossed 122 wooden bridges, some more rickety than others. The journey took around 5 hours with a few stops along the way to look at the birdlife inhabiting the many pools alongside the road. 

Maguari Stork

Southern Screamer

Vermillion Flycatcher 

Jaribu with chicks

Black-backed Water-Tyrant

White-headed Water Tyrant


Great Potoo - so much bigger than I expected it to be

Other birds seen on route: Greater Rhea, Muscovy Duck, Chaco Chacalaca, Bare Faced Curassow, Pale -vented Pigeon, Picazuro Pigeon, White-tipped Dove, Smooth-billed Ani, Gray-cowled Wood-rail, Limpkin, Black-necked Stilt, Wattled Jacana, Solitary Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Tern, Large-billed Tern, Wood Stork, Neotropic Cormorant, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Cocoi Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Striated Heron, Capped Heron, Black Crowned Night Heron, Green Ibis, Plumbeous Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Vulture, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Black-collared Hawk, Savannah Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Roadside Hawk, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Crested Caracara, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Rufous Hornero, Cattle Tyrant, Great Kiskadee, Gray-breasted Martin, Red-crested Cardinal.   

We arrived at Port Jofre late afternoon with the sun fading. Just time to have a very quick look around before freshening up and heading over the restaurant for a welcome meeting, over dinner with the rest of the crew. 

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