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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

Kahnschnäbel im Pantanal

KahnschnabelDas Boot tuckert langsam durch das ruhige Gewässer, damit man die zahlreichen Reiher, Eisvögel, Kormorane, Greifvögel und Singvögel gut beobachten kann, die sich im Gebüsch und in den Bäumen am Ufer aufhalten. Da ist plötzlich der seltsame Kahnschnabel (Cochlearius  cochlearius) tief im  Gebüsch am Rio Pixaim zu sehen.

Morgens um 6:00 Uhr, wenn es noch einigermaßen kühl und die Sonne noch nicht aufgegangen ist, herrscht eine wunderbare Stimmung auf dem Fluss. Manchmal wallen dann sogar noch zarte Nebelschleier über der Wasseroberfläche, die sich aber schnell wieder auflösen. Schon auf dem Weg zum Boot muss man durch einen Trupp Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) laufen, die hier gerne am Flussufer sitzen.

Sobald dann die Sonne aufgegangen ist, wird es heiß im Boot. Teilweise sind die Ufer steil und lehmig, es gibt aber auch kleine Strände, an denen man die gut getarnten Sonnenrallen (Eurypyga helias), Hokko-Hühner (Crax Fasciolata) und natürlich das Capybara oder Wasserschwein beobachten kann. Die Wasserschweine verschwinden oft bei Annäherung mit einem bellenden Laut im Continue reading Kahnschnäbel im Pantanal

Birds on Pousada Pouso Alegre – the Non-Passeriformes

Hyacinth MacawPouso Alegre is a pousada (ex-fazenda) which is very well situated 7 km away from the Transpantaneira, with water on both sides much of the way now in the rainy season. The location is 33 km south of Pocone in the northern Pantanal. The hole pousada is a great nature-area with original landscape and extensive cattle ranching. A paradise for the keen birdwatcher as well as for the beginner in birdwatching who approaches that pastime in a relaxing attitude.

The owner is there much of the time, and is a dedicated naturalist. If you are birders you will be pleased with the birding opportunities, including Hyacinth Macaws in front of the porch. On the way you will see of Jabiru storks, herons and raptors a lot. You can go on other guided hikes or horseback rides. It’s all custom and small-scale. The scenery is beautiful.

You can see an enormous variety of animals and birds but also the flora is wonderful.

A list can be found at their website.

Bird-lens was invited in the frame of an scientific project to monitor resident and migratory bird species in the Pantanal of Brazil. See also the blog here!

More than 600 species of birds – almost a third of the avifauna of Brazil – have been detected in the wider area of the Pantanal, of which about 20% occur as migrants of wintering birds only seasonally. Among them are those from other neotropical regions like the Andes, but also from North America (Nearctic) and from the Southern region of Latin America (Australis).

Although the origin of migratory species in most cases is known, there is still a lot of knowledge missing e.g. about the distribution patterns, feeding ecology and ecological niches, bioacoustics and metabolic physiology (eg moulting).

It is remarkable that very heterogeneous migrants Continue reading Birds on Pousada Pouso Alegre – the Non-Passeriformes