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Report 13. Sunday, September 18, 2016. Moving deep into the Pantanal, from Hotel Mato Grosso to Pantanal Hotel Norte.


Hotel Mato Grosso (Incidentally, if you google this, you get a hotel in Cuiaba, which ain't the right one. You have to google "Pantanal Hotel Mato Grosso")

This accommodation is right on the river. There is a dock and a ramp. People fish and we're told catch piranha! Careful gettin' that hook out. Standing outside the dining room, looking to the right shows the highway bridge over the waterway. This is where we stayed last night. Today, we're driving four or five hours deep into the Pantanal and Pantanal Hotel Norte.


As we travel during the day, we come to this strange site. A strangling growth has surrounded this tree. It looks eerie. Look, it is scaring the capybaras into the grass. {I think they even call it a "strangler vine". Not sure, but it looks like it deserves that name.}


No photos worth showing during the day, though we had loads of new birds.. We make it to the Pantanal Hotel Norte, as you know.

This is our hotel room, and also here is Sharon doing a very common sense thing. Taking a shower and washing her clothes at the same time. {When it is really hot and I get all sweaty, it makes sense to wash my clothes first, then myself. I brought closthes that dry quickly so by the next day they are clean and dry. It was so hot here that I was worried for our health, losing electrolytes. So I made myself and Bob eat salt during the day, fortify ourselves with bananas for the Potassium and drink lots of water.} Bob, after reading Sharon's 'green' comment: I got a bottle of 7up equivalent, had a bit of salt, washed it down with drink, and it was kind of like having an alcohol-free margarita. I finished off both the salt package and the drink at the same time.


Have a wonderful day,

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

Little Cuckoo, Band-tailed Nighthawk, Buff-bellied Hermit, Golden-green Woodpecker*, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Rusty-backed Antwren, Mato Grosso Antbird, Pale-legged Hornero, Rusty-backed Spinetail, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher (heard only), Fuscous Flycatcher, Ashy-headed Greenlet, White-banded Mockingbird*, Flavescent Warbler, Scarlet-headed Blackbird*, Screaming Cowbird, Solitary Cacique, Purple-throated Euphonia*.

Upgrades Today:

Laughing Falcon (previously heard only, seen today)

New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:

Giant Otter (horribly smelly! Ocelet, Howler Monkeys (Sharon heard),

Life Birds Today: 21
Life Birds on Trip: 294
Trip Birds Seen Today: 27
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 429

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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