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July 9-18, 2023 - Full

Join us in Brazil’s Pantanal for an exciting adventure filled with great wildlife photography opportunities, including the Pantanal’s signature jaguars hunting caiman and capybaras.

 

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Jaguars probably put the Pantanal in your bucket list – and for good reason.  In most places, jaguars are elusive – you only know they are there by finding tracks, scat, or a bit of hair now and then.  But, in the Pantanal, their primary prey (caimans and capybara) like to come out of the water in the middle of the day to sun.  That is such a great opportunity for the hunting jaguar that they frequent river and back channel banks when the sun is high – and some even hunt from within the river!

In the last decade a group of these Jaguars have become habituated to humans in boats – finally creating the opportunity to sit nearby and photograph them as they hunt or rest in the shade.

Don’t, for even a second, think our Pantanal Photography Adventure is about jaguars and nothing else!  The caimans and capybara that keep the jaguars well-fed are abundant – and fun to photograph!

The waters of the Pantanal are teeming with fish – and those fish support a healthy population of endangered Giant Otters!

The shores and nearby branches are alive with birds that want to eat fish!  We’ll seek five species of kingfishers and try to capture them making their classic dive/splash/fly, taking back to the air with a fish in their beaks!

The largest flying bird of the Americas – the jabiru stork – is shy and hard to photograph most places – but is quite approachable in the Pantanal.

There are several raptors that dive and grasp fish and snails with their talons!  We’ll find them sitting… watching… and maybe even diving!

 

The wading birds, here are amazing.  The cocoi heron is common, graceful, and beautiful!

The rufescent tiger heron is striking!

But the agami heron takes the cake for beauty!  And the length of its beak will astound you!

Cormorants and anhingas dive beneath the surface where they swim like snakes and catch fish!  In fact, the word anhinga comes from the Brazilian Tupi tribal language – meaning snake bird or devil bird (or perhaps both).

There are bright and colorful birds, too.  Toucans and orioles, and yellow-billed cardinals will be easy to photograph from our land lodgings! 

And our guide keeps track of where to find hyacinth macaws, probably guarding nests!

 

 

The Pantanal is a labyrinth of rivers and streams and connecting channels, probably created when the region sank and flowing water slowed and lost its sediment load… slowly filling the depression with layer after layer of flood bourn sediments and nutrients.  The result is a vibrant landscape of savannahs and ponds and waterways edged with dense treescapes.  And, filled with wildlife!

Our Pantanal Photography Safari will start and end in Cuiabá, Brazil.  We’ll journey from there into the Pantanal where our beginning and ending Pantanal lodging will be based in small nature-focused lodges.  One of those lodges will take us on boat outings which will give us great photographic opportunities.

Our primary focus, though, will be to make our way to a floating hotel (a stationary deluxe houseboat) where we’ll set up camp for our jaguar “hunts”.  Daily boat outings, broken by lunch back at the hotel, will feature multiple small craft, where each photographer has a row to herself!  It will be up to our very talented guide to chart a course that will maximize opportunities to photograph jaguars, while also giving us great windows to photograph otters, capybara, and a wealth of birds.

The lodging breakdown for 2023 is Cuiabá Holiday Inn, Rio Claro Farm Lodge (2 nights), Floating Hotel (4 night), Pouso AlegreLodge (1 night), and back to the Cuiabá Holiday Inn.  All meals are included outside Cuiabá and breakfasts are covered in Cuiabá.  Alcohol, soft drinks, and bottled water are at your own expense. Purified water for refills into your water bottles is provided.  You will also be responsible for taking a taxi from the airport to and from the Cuiabá Holiday Inn.  And for tipping guides, boatmen and lodge staff.

Our group will be small.  We will limit ourselves to 6 rooms – with only two of those rooms for singles – reflecting restrictions from the small lodging operators.

 

 

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