Trip report: Brazilian Pantanal custom tour (August 2015) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse.This was a custom tour.

The Pantanal of Brazil is one of South America’s natural wonders and one of the top places for wildlife viewing on the continent. In addition to many other interesting mammals such as Brazilian Tapir, Giant Otter, Marsh Deer, South American Coati, Capybara and several species of Primates, the Pantanal is now THE place to see the amazing Jaguar. One of the main goals of our trip was to see these incredible animals and we spent 2 days cruising the Rio Cuiaba and had 3 wonderful encounters. The Pantanal is also a bird-lover’s paradise and some of the highlights from our numerous boat rides, drives and walks, included: Greater Rhea, Jabiru, Maguari Stork, Bare-faced Currassow, Southern Screamer, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Toco Toucan and Hyacinth Macaw. After the Pantanal we visited Chapada dos Guimaraes with spectacular scenery and some very different habitats, where we saw White-eared Puffbird, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Coal-crested & Blue Finches. To finish the trip we visited the very southern edge of Amazonia and we were privileged to see the critically endangered and recently rediscovered Cone-billed Tanager along with oodles many other great birds, like Red-necked Aracari, Spotted Puffbird and Flame-crested Manakin. With 344 species of birds plus numerous mammals, reptiles and butterflies, it was an extremely productive and enjoyable trip in good company.

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