MAMMALS (in order of appearance):
|Capybara in the Pantanal|
South American Coati*
Brown Brocket Deer*
Red Brocket Deer*
Bulldog Bat sp.
Black Howler Monkey*
Greater Sac-winged Bat*
* indicates a new species for me
Danika also saw a small mouse-sized rodent on one of our spotlight trips.
Hoped for, but missed mammals include giant anteater, tapir and the aforementioned jaguar. We found jaguar tracks almost every day in the Pantanal.
|Young coati crossing the road|
|Brown Capuchin digging insects out of a tree limb|
I think my mammal highlight was the ocelot (the giant otters were a close second, but I will do a
|Our safari vehicle|
|Ocelot in the Pantanal of Brazil|
|Amazon Kingfisher, Brazilian Pantanal|
|Burrowing Owl standing guard|
|Lizard in the Pantanal|
|Iguana roused from his basking by a bird|
|Help me identify this snake please!|
|Large tree frog in our bathroom|
Fish: Let me first say that we were served remarkable fish dishes every day at every lodge. We ate more kinds of fish prepared in more ways than I knew were possible. One lodge started dinner each night with a piranha soup/stew. We also ate dourado, pacu. pintado and a few others I cannot remember. While we were on the Paraguay River, fish were always breaking the surface and we passed many anglers, most of which were on guided trips of their own. But our fish adventures left the dinner table when we snorkeled at two fresh water springs. This gave us a chance to try out the new GoPro camera I received for Father's Day.
Swimming with the fishes
Over the next several weeks I hope to write more entries about our Pantanal adventure. But I had four camera traps out while we were away and Monday I leave for Massachusetts to take some data on black bear sign with my students. And then.... well, you can see there is never a shortage of things to write about and not even time to do it all!