After immersing ourselves in the wilderness of the northern Pantanal, we headed south to the small town of Bonito. This area has become famed for its crystal clear rivers and has become a popular place to visit as a result. However, we weren't here to see the idyllic river systems, instead we were here to focus on the thriving population of giant anteaters, as well as red-and-green macaws and any other species that may prove to be obliging photographic subjects.
We couldn't believe it when we had our first anteater encounter on our way to our hotel.
The next morning, it was time to head to Buraco das Araras, a huge sinkhole, where red-and-green macaws congregate. What to say, other than wow, what an incredible place!
The avian delights didn't end with the red-and-green macaws at the sinkhole. We were treated to fantastic views of red-legged seriema, burrowing owl and hyacinth macaws just to name a few.
For me though, and probably my clients, the real highlight were the incredible giant anteater encounters we enjoyed. Getting so close to these shy mammals is a massive privilege and to photograph them is even better.
As I am sure you can appreciate from these blog posts, the Brazilian Pantanal is a photographer's dream destination. The wildlife, people and the landscapes are all exceptional and it was a delight to lead a group in this iconic wilderness region. Jaguar, ocelot, giant anteater and the giant river otters were undoubtedly my favourite species, but it its the supporting cast that makes this destination so rewarding and memorable.
You can find out more about the Brazil's Big Five Photo Safari on the Wildlife Worldwide website.
In September of this year, I was delighted to be at the helm firm for Wildlife Worldwide's Brazil's Big Five Photo Safari. This trip combines the north and southern areas of this vast area, but I am going to focus on each part of the trip across two separate blogs.
We started off by flying to the city of Cuiabá, before driving down to the Pixaim River. Here we spent a couple of days photographing a wealth of incredible birds, alongside some iconic mammals including giant river otter and ocelot. I hope you enjoy the images ...
After a fabulous introduction to the region and its remarkable wildlife, we headed south to the small riverside settlement of Porto Joffre (right at the end of the Transpantaneiro Highway). Here we hopped aboard a speedboat and proceeded to make our way up the Three Brothers River to Capybara Lodge. This remote spot was the perfect place to base ourselves as we went in search of jaguars. Of course, we enjoyed a lot more than jaguars, but this was certainly the main focus during our time here.
Our first sighting here was a huge male jaguar. He decided to put on quite a show and with only one other boat in attendance we were well and truly spoilt.
This area is home to some incredible birdlife too, but for me the anhingas and guira cuckoos were among the most characterful of our avian friends. There were so many caiman about, it was actually harder not to spot them. We had hoped that we may be lucky enough to see a successful jaguar hunt on one of these large reptiles. Instead we had to make do with enjoying each species going about their lives without any interaction.
As you can see, between the jaguar sightings, there is always something to keep you entertained. Whether you are a photographer, or just someone interested in wildlife, this area is a haven for wildlife and will provide you with countless enjoyable sightings. With that in mind, let's get back to the jaguars.
As you can see, we were treated to some memorable encounters with the most powerful member of the big cat family. In a short space of time we enjoyed views of seven different jaguars and had some great photography opportunities.
You can find out more about the trip and book your place on the Wildlife Worldwide website.