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Boat-billed Herons at Rio Pixaim in Pantanal

KahnschnabelThe boat slowly chugs through the calm waters, so you can watch the numerous herons, kingfishers, cormorants, birds of prey and songbirds, which are in the bushes and in the trees on the banks. Suddenly the strange Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius) can be seen deep in the bushes at the Rio Pixaim gallery forest.

At 6 o’clock in the morning, when it is still reasonably cool and the sun has not yet risen, there is a wonderful atmosphere on the river. Sometimes even delicate veils of mist will rise above the surface of the water, but they dissolve quickly.

My  guide already became impatient, because after all, one can observe most of the mammals in the early morning. Already on the way to the boat you have to go through a bunch of Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), which like to sit here on the riverbank.

As soon as the sun has risen, it gets hot in the boat. Partly the river banks are steep and loamy, but there are also small beaches where you can observe a well-camouflaged Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias), Bare-faced Curassows (Crax Fasciolata) and of course the capybaras. The Capybaras often disappear when approaching with a barking sound in the water, and then show-up well camouflaged to observe the boat between the blooming water hyacinths. Very early in the morning, the purple flowers of Anchored Waterhyacinths, called Continue reading Boat-billed Herons at Rio Pixaim in Pantanal