Pantanal - Jaguar quest

November 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

After more than 25 hours of searching for jaguar, through heat and rain on the river and along the roads at night, a frustratingly brief spot-light view (by only two of the group) was all we'd managed.  However, due to tireless efforts of our guide, Eduardo (from Jaguar Ecological Reserve), we finally had a jaguar filled afternoon on the river. The first one afforded really close views, dozing on a bank on a fairly narrow stretch of river. Somewhat obscured by the tangles, that was only part of the photo challenge - half in shadow and half in sunlight, and back lite, this was a time to savour being so close to the region's top predator.

Nikon D300 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRI at 200mm; f/3.5, 1/400, ISO800

A little later Eduardo spotted another. This time we were in for a real treat as we were able to follow him for just over an hour - hunting along the bank and crouching to peer over the bank...

JaguarNikon

Coming down to the water's edge for a drink...

Jagaur comes for drinkNikon 200-400mm, F/4 1/1600 ISO800

And finally swimming. Altogether, a quite unforgettable encounter. Photos from the trip, together with shots of other animals and birds, can be found on the Pantanal gallery.

Thanks to John Pilgrim for organising the trip, Jez Bird and Tom Brooks for their company and good humour, and Eduardo for his tireless efforts as our most accommodating and accomplished guide.

We stayed at the Jaguar Ecological Reserve, owned and operated by a local family. The Lodge offers basic accommodation, fantastic food and, with Eduardo Falcão de Arruda, a most accomplished guide who will make every effort to make your trip unforgettable.


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