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Report 11. Friday, September 16, 2016.

Don't know if you can see the writing on this elevator panel, but it says "Schindler" under the circle. At right, in a park, is a giant and modernized statue replica of a Jabiru and young who just cracked open its eggshell. {This is the hotel that we stay in for only one night before we drive into the Pantanal. We go to a Subway restaurant just around the corner for convenience for dinner. I have the wonderful experience of ordering in English while they only speak Portuguese. but they have a "1,2,3,4" process with all the choices listed in picture form. So I can point to the size, type of bread, filling, etc. Makes it easy. We take our food back to the hotel room to be able to eat it in our PJ's.}


Kevin waiting for the last luggage bits.


This service station had a big oily black piece of machinery that looked like a combination of an old dirty barbecue and a locomotive, and it said 'diesel' on it. Didn't ask what it was. At right, Kevin knew about how many gallons our petrol tank needed, and the pump stopped way before that. The kid said it was full. Kevin knew better and rocked the vehicle up and down and finally got it full, plus filled up another couple of large bottles because you don't want to run out of gas in the Pantanal. {He said he came close to running out of gas before and knows about how much gas he needs. He bought a gas container but also empties out a 2 liter water bottle and fills that up too. Insurance for the trip.}


A kid drives in with these speakers cranked up to what must be full volume. He gets out of the car and starts working there, at his job. Leaving the back open and music blaring. At right, in this shady looking building, is where Kevin says they have the best deal on water and drinks. Wow. He dug deep for this one. {The owner here knows him well and loads us up on water, cokes, and other drinks. His sign says he is a "distributor of drinks" and so he is}


Here is the sign directing us to the Pantanal. As we head out on the highway, Kevin spots these two Toco Toucans, covering both directions. Love their bills. What a gorgeous, elegant bird.I don't see how they fly around with those things.


Black-collared Hawk at left. White-headed Marsh Tyrant at right. Love the white head.


Buff-necked Ibis. Upside down Narrow-billed Woodcreeper. Hang on Sloopy.


This is the typical saddle all horsemen used to drive cattle (no pommel). Crab-eating Fox. {Don't know what crabs he eats but that's his name.}


Cocoi Heron. Very nice Aplomado Falcon.


Limpkin. Plumbeous Ibis. {As you can see, we are in marshy areas and are getting many cool water birds.}


A Yellow-billed Cardinal takes a bath on a hot day.


And to think some people wear these. No wait, those are Crocs. These are Caimens, or is it Caimen? (see below)


Loved the spritz of water drops this Black-necked Stilt left for me to photograph. At right, behind all kinds of scrub in the way, is a Giant Anteater. Wonderful nose hidden by that big green plant.


Rufescent Tiger-Heron. Great name.


Blue-and-White Swallow. A million Caimens (looked it up - the plural) hit the water, alarmed by the appearance of our vehicle bump bump bumping on the temporary wooden bridge. {At some point I take a picture of the bridges here. The State is busy replacing a lot of them but the ones we go over are just beams with heavy boards on top. It seems like Kevin has to manuver the car to make the tires fit on the boards. What a noise they made!}


Love the angle of this Green Kingfisher, on his quick way to a meal.




Life Birds Today (* - indicates a spectacular bird or sighting):

We are at a new location and habitat, so we were hoping to get a ton of new lifers.

Greater Rhea* (like an ostrich), Undulated Tinamou (heard, seen the next day), Southern Screamer, Chaco Chachalaca, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Bare-faced Curassow*, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Capped Heron*, Green Ibis, Plumbeous Ibis, Buff-necked Ibis*, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Black-collared Hawk*, Long-winged Harrier, Great Black-Hawk, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Large-billed Tern, Scaled Dove, Picui Ground-Dove, Guira Cuckoo*, Nacunda Nighthawk*, Amazon Kingfisher*, Chestnut-eared Aracari*, Toco Toucan*, Aplomado Falcon*, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Red-shouldered Macaw, Yellow-chevroned Paerakeet, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Barred Antshrike, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Greater Thornbird, Black-backed Water-Tyrant, Lesser Kiskadee, Purplish Jay, Thrush-like Wren, Chopi Blackbird, Grayish Baywing.

Upgrades Today:


New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:

Life Birds Today: 38
Life Birds on Trip: 238
Trip Birds Seen Today: 60
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 357

Note: A Trip Bird is any species seen for the first time this trip. A Life Bird is a bird we have never encountered before. All Life Birds found are also Trip Birds.

Hope you had a good day,

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