Tuesday, 6 October 2009
BRAZIL 2009: In praise of all things Giant.
Bit of a break from the birds for a moment and a return to some normality (if I were ever there?). Thanks to Pete Woodruff for flagging up my Brazil pics on his Birds2Blog site. Keeping up with events back home when I'm travelling abroad is a lot easier now that blogs are around such as Pete's and the others featured on my links section.
So I better be a bit sensible for a post or two and what better way than to feature some of the Pantanal's mammals? Last year we were wallowing in the glory of not one, but two Jaguar sightings (go on, click on 'em), but this year we were spoiled with three encounters with Giant Anteaters. The individual above was our second of the day between Pocone and Pouso Alegre (our first lodgings of the trip into the Pantanal).
Further south along the Transpantaneira we stayed a couple of nights by the Rio Pixaim. A family of Giant Otters kept us occupied for sometime one early morning on the river. Male Giant Otters can grow to 3 metres in length and often the young of the previous year stay with the parents. I am quite familiar with these impressive animals in Manu in south-east Peru (my next trip by the way), where they live on the ox-bow lakes for much of the year, using the rivers for commuting purposes. The Pixaim in this part of he Pantanal has been the home to these otters for some years now and the same area provided us with our third Giant Anteater sighting, 3 Brazilian Tapirs and plenty of birds from the boat, forest trails and open country of the Pantanal. A complete wildlife experience if ever there was one.