The Brazilian Pantanal 2016
In the heart of South America, south of the Amazon Rainforest, there is a remote, secretive world with abundant unique wildlife. Animals battle for survival in an environment that alternates between the fiercest dry season and devastating floods. The place is call "El Pantanal," where two top predators live—the Yacaré Caiman dominate the rivers, while jaguars rule the land.

Located between 160 and 220 south and 55° and 58° west, the Pantanal covers an area up to 210,000 square kilometers (81,000 square miles), about the size of California. It is almost 20 times the size of the Everglades (4,000 square miles) and 18 times larger than the Okavango Delta in Botswana (4,500 square miles). The Pantanal is the world's largest freshwater wetland, and serves as a lush reservoir where thousands of species of exotic plants and a highly concentrated, diverse mix of animals call home. Unlike in the Amazon, where the animals usually remain hidden out of view, the Pantanal is positively bustling with wildlife.

Some 70% of the Pantanal lies within the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul (which, respectively accounts for 40 and 60% of the Brazilian side), with the remaining land lying within Bolivia (20%) and Paraguay (10%) (Alho, 2005) (see Map 1).

Our trip began at San Francisco International Airport in California. From there, we flew to São Paulo, Brazil. Then, in another airplane, we flew to Cuiaba, which is the capital of the state of Mato Grosso. After 24 hours of flying and layovers, we finally arrived at Marechal Rondon International Airport in Cuiaba.

The images portrayed in this gallery are the result of a single organized photography tour during the dry season of October, 2016 to the unique eco-region known as Northern Pantanal, sitting in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The month of October was chosen because it is near the end of the dry season, when the permanent waterholes begin shrinking and which provides an opportunity to view abundant birdlife and the normally elusive jaguar.

This tour included accommodations at three lodges: Pouso Alegre Lodge, which is 33 kilometers from Poconé; Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel, which is 65 kilometers from Poconé; and Hotel Pantanal Norte – Porto Jofre, which is 146 kilometers from Poconé. These lodges are conveniently spread out along the Transpantaneira Highway—a long, primitive road through Northern Pantanal).

69 new bird species

Mammals

1) Jaguar
2) South American Tapir
3) Giant Anteater
4) Capybara
5) Giant Otter
6) Agouti
7) Crab-eating Fox
8) Coati
9) Azaras's Capuchin Monkey
10) Marsh Deer
11) Red-brocket Deer

Reptiles

Red-legged Turtle
Caiman Yacare
Snake Lampropeltis
Black and white Tegu Lizard Tupinanbis nerianae
Ameiva ameiva
2 lizard

Amphibians

Frogs 8 species

Birds

1) Savannah Hawk@
2) Grey-necked Wood Rail
3) Hyacinth Macaw@
4) Red-legged Seriema@
5) Jabiru
6) Yellow-billed Cardinal
7) Undulated Tinamou@
8) Black-backed Water-Tyrant
9) Chestnut-eared Aracari
10) Bay-winged Cowbird
11) Pied Plover@
12) Grayish Saltator@
13) Picazuro Pigeon@
14) Cocoi Heron@
15) Solitary black cacique@
16) Orange-backed Troupial
17) Purplish Jay@
18) Silver-beaked Tanager
19) Rufous Hornero@
20) Palm Tanager
21) Wattled Jacana
22) Limpkin
23) Amazon Kingfisher
24) Muscovy Duck@
25) Southern-crested Caracara@
26) Black-collared Hawk@
27) Whistling Heron@
28) Common Potoo@
29) Common Pauraque
30) Ringed Kingfisher
31) Great Kiskadee
32) Anhinga
33) Great White Egret
34) Buff-necked Ibis
35) Rufous-tailed Jacamar
36) White-winged Swallow@
37) Snail Kite HAWK
38) Brown-chested Martin@
39) Large-billed Tern
40) Cattle Tyrant
41) Rufous Cachalote@
42) Vascous Flycatcher@
43) Tropical Kingbird
44) Striated Heron
45) Great Horned Owl
46) Yellow-rumped Cacique
47) White Woodpecker
48)
49) Chaco Chachalaca@
50) Rusty-collared Seedeater
51) Southern Lapwing
52)
53) Giant Cowbird@
54) Ruddy-ground Dove@
55) Rufous-tailed Jacamar
56) Yellow Chevroned parakeet
59) Yellow-billed Tern@
60) Black Skimmer
61) Unicolor Blackbird
62) Southern Barbed Tyranulet@
63) Green-barbed Woodpecker@
64) White-tipped Dove@
65) Plumbeous Ibis@
66) Collared Plover@
67) Solitary Sandpiper
68) Spectacled Owl
69) Muscovy Duck
70) Bare-faced Ibis
71) Sunbittern@
72) Blue-throated Piping-Guan@
73) Crane Hawk
74) Great Ani
75) Sunbittern
76) Sungrebe
77) Sanderling
78) Capped Heron
79) Black-bellied Whistling Duck
80) White-bellied Seedeater@
81) White-tipped Dove@
82) Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
83) little woodpecker@
84) Great White Egret
85) Rufous-bellied Thrush
86) scaly-faced Parrot
87) White-rumped Sandpiper@
88) chestnut- bellied Guan
89) black-hooded Parrot@
90) Bare-faced Curasow
91) Greater Rhea
92) Crested Oropendola@
93) Rufescent Tiger Heron
94) Black-fronted Nunbird
95) Narrow-billed Woodcreeper@
96) Brown-crested Flycatcher@
97) Green Ibis@
98) Yellow-headed Vulture
99) Flycatcher @
100) Smooth-billed Ani
101) Scale Dove@
102) Saffron Finch
103) Sooty-fronted Spine Tailed@
104) Grey-breasted Martin
105) Aplomado Falcon
106) Unicolor Hawk@ 69


Predation

1) Savanna Hawk
2) Rufescent Tiger Heron
3) Cocoi Heron
4) Jabiru
5) Roadside Hawk
6) Black-collared Hawk
7) Belted Kingfisher
8) Amazon Kingfisher
9) Great Horned Owl
10) Great White Egret
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