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Barranco Alto and Pantanal, a yearly appointment


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I have forgotten to mention that the pictures of the araçaris were taken in 2009.

 

I did not see them a lot on FBA since then, certainly not this year and last year.

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During the first years I've been at FBA, it was very dificult to see Blue-and-Yellow Macaws. From 2010, it improved and last year was a great year for them.

A couple had a nest close to salina Lindoya, in a dead palmtree. This year, they were not there.

 

Couple of Blue-and-yellow Macaws at their nest (2013)

 

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Blue-and-yellow Macaw feeding on mandovi's nuts (2010)

 

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During the first years I've been at FBA, it was very dificult to see Blue-and-Yellow Macaws. From 2010, it improved and last year was a great year for them.

A couple had a nest close to salina Lindoya, in a dead palmtree. This year, they were not there.

I'm glad you mentioned this. I was going to say that BA was one of the best places in the Pantanal to see the elusive Blue-and-Yellow Macaws, based on my one visit, but little did I know this is a recent phenomenon.

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YeeeOWW! Oh boy, now I am TOTALLY going to start planning for a visit to Pantanal. Don't know when, a year or two, but I've been bitten.

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The jabiru's nest (2010) in the great mandovi was occupied, this year, by a couple of great horned owls that had driven them from it.

 

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In the lower parts of the big nest, one can find nests of

 

Monk Parakeets (2012)

 

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and Blue-crowned Parakeets (2012 & 2014)

 

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In this area, one also find

 

many Blue-fronted Parrots (2013)

 

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and some Yellow-faced Parrots (2014)

 

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and some Nanday Parakeets (2014)

 

 

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Your photos are stunning! I'm in love with anteaters and was lucky to have a great sighting of one in a tree in Costa Rica - but not a giant one - and try as i might, I didn't see a puma in Costa Rica. Others' trip reports have made me put Pantanal on my list but yours is reminding me of that!

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Jabiru storks are suprisingly photogenic carrion eaters. The Parakeets are more obvious photography cadidates, and your pics show off their vibrant colours.
Also...with multiple trips to the Pantanal...will we ever see your namesake, @@Bush dog ?

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Also...with multiple trips to the Pantanal...will we ever see your namesake?

Bush dogs are, as you certainly know, extremely difficult to see. Lucas who is living there for the last 12 years, never saw them. He just caught them once, on one of his multiple camera traps when a pack was in transit on his property.

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In the area around the farm, there is each year at least one couple of American kestrels

 

American kestrels having their nest in a dead tree (2010)

 

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American kestrel on a wire (2012)

 

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This year, I saw 5 tapirs : a female and her young one crossing salina Lindoya at night, another one at night also, one in daylight and the one on the following picture, on the open space between the lodge and the river, going one way in the morning and back in the afternoon.

 

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Vultures are daily seen around the ranch

 

Lesser Yellow-head Vulture (2014)

 

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Black Vulture (2013)

 

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There are also a lot of guira cuckoos

 

Couple of Guira Cuckoos (2010)

 

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Guira Cuckoo facing the wind (2014)

 

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Great pics again, especially love the Guira Cuckoos.

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Some more pictures taken close to the ranch

 

Young caiman on a log at salina Lindoya (2014)

 

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The Red-and-green Macaws are normally in great numbers in the forest and lakes area, this one is obviously the exception proving the rule

 

Red-and-green Macaw (2014)

 

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Savanna Hawk (2014)

 

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Toco Toucan (2012)

 

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White Woodpecker(2010)

 

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Brazilian Teal (2010)

 

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Burrowing Owl (2012)

 

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Muscovy Duck in the pool behind Lucas' home (2013)

 

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Red-legged Seriema (2013)

 

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South American Red Brocket (2009)

 

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@michael-ibk@xelas

 

Thank you for your comments

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No, thank you for this report. :)

 

Do you have pics of brown brocket as well? Would really be interested in comparison shots since (as discussed in Tony´s thread) I don´t know how to thell them apart.

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@@michael-ibk

 

 

Do you have pics of brown brocket as well? Would really be interested in comparison shots since (as discussed in Tony´s thread) I don´t know how to thell them apart.

Unfortunately, no. The brown or gray brocket is slightly smaller than the red and its back is straighter. The colour is grayish brown.

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@@Bush dog

More beautiful pictures! - it is great seeing Barranco Alto from a different eye (and lens).

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@@TonyQ

 

Thank you so much.

You also show FBA from a different lens. Indeed, i do not remember having already seen a giant anteater walking in the water.

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5 Tapirs!? What an epic trip! And a youngster too!
Excellent birding shots too. :)

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@Big_Dog@Atravelynn

 

Thank you very much for you comments.

 

This year, I saw the rounding up of the cattle for vaccination, counting and marking of the calves.

 

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This is the saddlery and also garage (2010). The horses' corral is on the left of the picture. It is also the place where the cow-boys gather together, in the middle of the day, to share the "terere" and to discuss of everything and nothing.

 

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In the early morning, the cow-boys bring the horses and mules to the corral where they choose the one they will use to work but also those for the morning ride of the guests who choose that activity (2013).

 

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Cow-boys starting a working day (2013)

 

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Thank you very much

 

2 horses' pictures (2014 & 2010)

 

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The next pictures concern a "comitiva". Those images were taken, in 2006, at Fazenda Rio Negro, a property adjacent to FBA. The cattle is crossing the Rio Negro.

A "comitiva" is the transhumance of hundreds, sometimes thousands of cows, organized by the ranchers to sell their cattle to the abattoir, to the place where they will be loaded on trucks.

 

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@@TonyQ

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Now we come to the second zone, the river.

 

Not too farm from the ranch, there is, on the river, a large sandbank, where skimmers and terns lay their eggs. Black skimmers are there in great number.

 

The following pictures are from last month, except the last one that was taken last year.

 

Black skimmers with their catch

 

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Now how they get it

 

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Bback skimmers landing

 

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Black skimmer in flight

 

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