I started my Brazillian trip at a working cattle ranch called Baia das Pedras deep in the southern Pantanal. The owner, Rita is a committed environmentalist with a detailed knowledge of the local wildlife and manages the estate to protect it. Together with my excellent english-speaking guide Luiz, she drove me around in her 4x4 truck and I was able to photograph an amazing variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. Below are some of my favourites:
Six-banded Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus) at its burrow
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) roaming the grassland.
White-lipped Peccaries (Tayassu pecari) sizing me up... the bristles on the back of the dominant male is a warning to keep clear!
Spirit Ground Snake (Psomophis genimaculatus) 'tasting the air' to find out what has disturbed it.
A pair of Toco Toucans (Ramphastos toco) and a Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) coming in to land.