The Pantanal

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
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Trip End Aug 27, 2013


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Pantanal

It was a bright sunny day when I woke up this morning, having the tent facing the right direction is a good idea, it was chilly, the tent wet with dew, but it was still a beautiful day

I think my sleeping bag has now sprung a leak; it looks like I spent all night plucking a chicken, feathers everywhere

We are off on a wander today, well the morning, just to see what wildlife there is around, then we are off with 'Bob' the truck to see what there is further down the road for a couple of hours, I don’t know if there is a town nearby, but only way to find out is go there

If things go as well as they did yesterday, and the weather holds up to its promise, it’s going to be a good day (as I made it through the night, it has to be a wonderful day)

It’s off to clean out the feathers in my tent and of course a coffee (when it’s ready)

Till later then

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It was a couple of hours walk, there wasn’t really much out this morning though, but we found a nest with these green parrots in it, the top was full, so they had started building more at the bottom, there was quite a lot of noise going on, not really sure if they were rowing with each other or warning that we were walking on the trail, but they never flew off until we were pretty close

We found an island in the middle of a swamp, there were lots of Cayman just sitting there sunning themselves, and even more in the water, just the head showing, no one volunteered to swim across and get any close up shots though

There were these brown fish eagles soaring in the sky, a couple flew down and perched in a dead tree, but we never saw any hunt for fish though

Of course there were still all the small birds flying around, the small yellow ones look like a large finch, the redcaps (I don’t know if that is their real name, but it fits them) are here in quite a large group, and they make quite a din when feeding (around the cattle feed trough, mainly) but make a nice picture

We didn’t get to see the anteater or aardvark the others saw yesterday, though, but we still have the afternoon to go yet

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We had our piranha last night, they were fried (we cleaned them out, then gave them to the kitchen to fry up for us, they were tasty, but not really much on them, so the consensus was to make some kind of soup with the rest (makes a difference from a fly in my soup, there is now a piranha in my soup) trying to get the teeth from them is impossible, so keeping the jaws isn’t going to happen

The blue and yellow macaw has come back for a feed, and is making a lot of noise because there isn’t any for him, so he just swoops around, cawing

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We went out in ‘Bob’ this afternoon, but I think we left it rather late, so we never saw anything new, just eagles, macaws (too far to get any good photos) a capybara with 4 youngsters in tow, but again too dark to get a decent photo, still it was good to get away for a while rather than just hang about the campsite all afternoon
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Peggy on

Thanks for the piranha. Made a good lunch. :)

anne on

Well the photos were great and cayman they look big
did the valtures get anything to eat
looks like it getting better every day

Jim on

Sorry would you take the rain back?- I asked for it and we had floods in places, heavy thunderstorms- so you can have it back, if you don't mind.....
No seriously, I am pleased to see you have a bit better weather, and more to see. Pictures are always a good sign, even if the variety is not so much- still shows us what is there. perhaps THE CAYMEN HAD THE REST...... I don't think I would get too close to them, in case they were still hungry. Sometimes, if the zip has gone so that the slider is down one part and will not zip up, it might be possible to get out of trouble, by opening the top clasp up, where it clamps the two halves of zip together, , slide the zipper to the top, and leave a couple of clips showing, , and then push the clasp back in, and bend the prong through to hold it. I have managed to change the zipper that way, when I had a broken zipper (just snapped in two..)
Anyway, just a thought, as it just clips through and is the ben to keep together. Otherwise just have to hope for somewhere to get another tent, I suppose.
Good luck, don't take too much rain back from us to spoil your journey, though.
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derrick241
derrick241 on

We haven't seen much rain since we left the Pantanal, glad to say
Stayed in some pretty good bush camps and campsites, but really looking forward to the Amazon now

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

In an attempt to catch up with your entries, I found myself going backwards the entries now.....lol
(so much work for me and writing these days)!

travelmonster
travelmonster on

I didn't realise you had kept the fish to eat - brilliant, I would love to taste a piranha!

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