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.