Wildlife of the Southern Pantanal

10th - 14th July 2016

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) resting at it's burrow
Six-banded Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus) at its burrow

Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) roaming
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) roaming the grassland.

White-lipped Peccaries (Tayassu pecari) in the Pantanal
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) in the Panganal
Spirit Ground Snake (Psomophis genimaculatus) 'tasting the air'
to find out what has disturbed it.

Toco Toucans (Ramphastos toco) in the Pantanal Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) in the Pantanal
A pair of Toco Toucans (Ramphastos toco)
and a Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) coming in to land.

Roseate Spoonbills (Platalea ajaja) feeding in the Pantanal
Roseate Spoonbills (Platalea ajaja) feeding.