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Report 15. Tuesday 20, 2016. Backtracking, out of the Pantanal


Before we headed out, we spent a half-day in and around Pantanal Hotel Norte, birding and then having lunch.


Fawn-breasted Wren. Brown Capuchin.


Another lodge's sign. Our lodge has its own air strip and this plane is landing , often bringing fishermen as this is a popular fishing destination for people who live more near the coast. {This lodge has a different feel as we have been at lodges where the other visitors are birders like us. There is a lot of river traffic here as when we saw our jaguar.}


Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Thick-billed Euphonia


Ferrugie. Hyacinth Macaw


Macaw. Black Swallowtail. {We saw most, if not all, our Hyacinth Macaws in this region. They are a spetacular bird. Very large, noisy and almost always in pairs. I am lucky enough to get some of their feathers to bring back home as a reminder of our trip}


Vermilion Flycatcher. Blue and White Swallow


Southern Screamer Family. Double Honero Ovens. Left is left handed, right is right handed. {I think Bob described this before, but the nest entrances take a sharp bend to prevent predator birds from reaching in and snagging a chick }


Yellow-rumped Cacique. Community nesting. {I think these birds are relatives of many of the world's "weaver birds" that build these elaborate hanging nests. The weavers also nest in groups like this for better spotting of predators (and maybe just being able to have morning coffee with your neighbors).}


Landing sequence. {Isn't Bob becoming a great bird photographer?}


Sharon with Big Blue.


Lawnmower. Buff-necked Ibis on the high bar.


Dueling Jabirus. {Or the one on the left is a female giving the "cold shoulder" to this male who likes her (he tried to dip her pigtail in the inkwell.)}. Nacunda Nighthawk camouflaged in the grass.


We were having lunch, sitting at our table, when suddenly there was a great rush of people outside followed by everybody else in the dining room. I followed them and asked what the deal was, and the answer was, "ANACONDA!" I went back in and told Sharon and Kevin, and we followed everybody, seeing this.

Yellow Anaconda


Different Anaconda angle. Scientist explaining burying in leaves. {He told us that if the temperature is a little cool (it had rained ysterday and cooled things off) that the snake will come to shore after eating something and bury himself in the leaves to be in a warm place to digest the meal.) We had been eating luNch in the communal dining room when all of a sudden, people started running out (like in an emergency level of running). I said, "is there a fire or something? or did someone spot a jaguar?" Our guide finally heard "Anaconda" and we ran out too. (well you know how slowly I walk but in my mind I WAS RUNNING) So we get to a spot about 10 feet from the river, under a tree. Several people were there watching the snake who didn't seem in the least bothered by us. He (she) proceeded to bury itself undEr the leaves and disappear, which leads to the question, "how likely am I to step on a snake if I go off the trail and walk through leaves?" Note to self "DON'T GO OFF THE TRAIL"}


The lake in our lodge grounds. Looking out from our porch to the left.


We finished our lunch, packed up, loaded up the vehicle, and took off for Moto Grosso. The following birds are from that trip.

Southern Screamer family. Collared Lizard.


Roseate Spoonbill. Anaconda takes to the road.



Closeup. Looks fat. Relative scale (Our guide, Kevin is about 6 foot 4). {Again the rain yesterday makes the area wet enough that the snake travels about more. We stopped the car and waited until the snake reached the other side of the road; I know, "Why did the anaconda cross the road?", so that no one would run over him (why do I always make snakes male?)}


Wood Stork Trio. Rufous-tailed Jacamar.


A hot day. Black-fronted Nunbird.


Bull! {We were not in the car, but were birding down a road when this guy came out of the bush. Luckily, he wasn't aggressive and turned around and walked away.}Chestnut-vented Conebill.


Red-throated Piping-Guan

Not sure of the first bird - maybe a Plain Inezia. Female Bare-faced Curassow.


Ants swarming across the road. Our Pantanal road.


Scarlet-headed Blackbird {We worked really hard to see this bird, well, Kevin worked hard. We had seen one other but it was far off, you could only tell it was a black bird with a red head. Thisi is a nice "upgrade" as we term it when we get a better look and especially if Bob can get a picture.}. Flightless Jabirus on nest. {Did we already say the Monk Parakeets will build their nests in the bottom of these big Jabiru nests for protection?}


Bat Falcon


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

Gray-breasted Crake, Gilded Hummingbird, Plain Inezia (aka Plain Tyrannulet), Yellow-browed Tyrant, Rufous Casiornis, Fawn-breasted Wren, Hooded Tanager, White-bellied Seedeater.

Upgrades Today:


New Non-bird Lifeforms Today:

Amieva Lizard (also called a Whiptail).

Life Birds Today: 8
Life Birds on Trip: 307
Trip Birds Seen Today: 12
Trip BirdsThis Trip: 455

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 an excellent day,

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