Trip report: Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon (June-July 2016) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas. This was a set departure tour.

Jaguars have been a huge hit since we added them to this itinerary back in 2011, and they are considered the “critter of the trip” by many – this year was no exception with several memorable encounters with this magnificent cat. Nowhere else do you have such a high chance of not only seeing them, but spending extended periods of time observing them. The photo to the right is one we saw on the tour. While we also had numerous other great mammal sightings (Giant Anteater and Brazilian Tapir were also group favorites!), it was of course the birds that were the primary focus for much of the trip. Other than perhaps a rather uncooperative Harpy Eagle, they certainly did not disappoint, with Hyacinth Macaw, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Red-legged Seriema, Greater Rhea, Toco Toucan, Snow-capped Manakin, Razor-billed Curassow, Sunbittern, Cryptic Forest-Falcon, and White-winged Shrike-Tanager being just a few of the favorites on the tour. Weather was perfect, with no rain, slightly cooler than normal temperatures in most places, and thankfully no cold fronts in the Pantanal; once again we had a superb and friendly tour group was a pleasure to travel with.

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