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It was nice to be able to take a dip in the swimming pool between activities and enjoy a few cuba libres. The food was again buffet style and a very good spread was provided.

 

In the afternoon at 2pm we joined the group to go on a boat trip. A Giant Anteater was seen briefly on the drive down to the "boat". The boat was a two-level pontoon sort of thing. We cruised along the river for a while, but there wasn't a great amount of wildlife to be seen and most of the trip was allocated to piranha fishing. The largely Brazilian tourists, mostly families, all got into the spirit of this activity and piranhas we flying out of the water left, right and centre. The lucky ones were thrown back but some of the fish were landed. None of our own group were keen to give it a go and it was a bit of a tedious afternoon.

 

On the way back they used some of the fish to feed the caimans and call in various raptors to pluck fish off the surface of the water. I found my lens to be too long and the light too harsh to get any decent BIF shots. 

 

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P9212321 Cocoi Heron by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212331 Striated Heron by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212347 adj Great Black Hawk by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212357 Yacare Caiman by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212366 Yacare Caiman by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212396 (3) Cocoi Heron by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212402 (2) Cocoi Heron by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212457 Great black Hawk by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

After the boat trip we headed back and I spent the rest of the evening light wandering around the lodge. 

 

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P9212518 Greater Rheas at Sunset by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212520 Greater Rheas at Sunset by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9212528 Greater Rheas at Sunset by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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Greater Rheas at Sunset by Jo Dale, on Flickr

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After dinner we again took a night drive but this one was not so good for ocelots as we didn't see any. We did, however see three more giant anteaters! Two were too far for photos. One was close enough:

 

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P9212543 Giant Anteater by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

We also saw a Striped Owl, or as Roberta the owner called it, a "stry-PED Owl". 

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P9212559 Striped Owl by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

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@kittykat23uk has covered the afternoon and evening well -- I love those Rheas at sunset! I will only add a few photos:

 

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At breakfast the next morning, I photographed this little Capybara tableau that was kept under the buffet table in the dining room. I thought it was cute.

 

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For this morning's activity, we had arranged to go out with a group of ocelot researchers that were working at Fazenda San Francisco. We'd heard about them from Bill Given of The Wild Source who had been there just before us and I'd chatted with him on social media after he posted about it. Unlike our observation of the Giant Armadillo Project at Baia das Pedras, here we paid a fee per person for this experience and it was just our group of four.  We had Roberta with us as our translator as the researchers did not speak much English.  We went out early in the vehicle to examine all the traps they had set overnight. I believe there were about nine of them. In the end, there was one ocelot in a trap. We were allowed to come out and see it and take photos, and then we were asked to leave while the researchers anesthetized the cat and worked on tagging it.  Here's a photo of it in the cage/trap. 

 

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I didn't really enjoy seeing it in the cage so I was just as happy to go out on a drive while the researchers did their work.  

 

We passed this deer:

 

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and then, what should run past but an ocelot - in the day time! we were quite surprised. It was quickly out of sight, too quick for a photo,, and ran into some brush alongside the road and we backed up trying to see it and then got out of the vehicle and walked along the track trying to see if we could see it, but we could not. My memory of what happened next is a bit blurry but it must have been very soon after based on the timing of my photos. We drove a bit further and were right near this structure that is used to pump water from the river to the rice fields, and suddenly out shot the ocelot (or another ocelot? probably the same one?) I managed to grab my camera and shoot two quick photos, not sure if anything usable would come of it. This is what I got:

 

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And just as quickly as it came, it was gone again! It was strange to us to have just seen the captured ocelot and knowing it was being worked on, go out on a game drive and what do we see but another ocelot, in the daylight! 

 

Drive to be continued ....

 

 

 

 

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About five minutes later, we passed a group of Giant Otters in the water and stopped to watch them for a while.

 

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What an incredible trip. Those giant anteaters are totally bizarre looking. 

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Thank you @shazdwn Here's a few other shots from the morning.

 

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P9222565 Barred Antshrike by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222572 Common Tody Flycatcher by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222579 Barred Antshrike by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222585 Barred Antshrike by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222589 Barred Antshrike by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222605 Marsh Deer by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222640 Giant Otter by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222653 Giant Otter by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

It was wonderful to see the ocelots on the drive in between spending time with the tranquilised animal and also on the way back to the ranch. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get any decent shots and am glad Jane did! However the actual time with the researchers was less satisfying than I had hoped. 

 

The ocelot research project has been running for about a month so we were only the second group of people, after Bill Given, that had asked about it and I'm afraid our expectations were not well managed- something that Roberta will look to address in the future. The research is co-funded by the farm and by a university in Campo Grande. They hope to collar some animals once some further funding has come through. At the moment they are just tagging the animals and taking samples & measurements. Four ocelots and three foxes have been tagged so far in the one month the project has been operating. 

 

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P9222659 Giant Otter by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222679 Tranquilised Ocelot- part of a research Project by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

For us, the bit we most wanted to see was the ocelot being released, but unfortunately we were told it was still very groggy and, despite initial mumblings that they would keep us informed so that we could come back later to see the release, this didn't actually happen until around 2115 and we were not able to watch it after all. 

 

 

 

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P9222676 Tranquilised Ocelot- part of a research Project by Jo Dale, on Flickr

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P9222699 Jabiru by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

We also saw crab-eating fox on the way back.

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Crab-eating Fox by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222705 Crab-eating Fox by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9222712 Crab-eating Fox by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

In the afternoon we took a walk up to a watchtower across a boardwalk over a marsh. There wasn't much around but the view was nice.  

 

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On the way back we did see another lifer mammal- Brazilian Guinea Pigs! 

 

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P9220024 Brazilian Guinea Pig (Cavy) by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

When I got back I was shocked to find that my foot was not only really swollen, but had a massive blister on my little toe.  We had really been suffering badly throughout the trip with insect bites, despite taking the usual precautions, but this really didn't look good at all.  Not easily deterred, before dinner I had a dip in the pool and then went for a walk.

 

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P9220036 Blue and Yellow Macaw by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9220040 Blue and Yellow Macaw - feather detail by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9220043 Blue and Yellow Macaw - feather detail by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9220052 Blue and Yellow Macaw by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Whistling herons have  a roost right at the ranch

 

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P9220056 Roosting Whistling Herons by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

And of course I took some sunset shots. 

 

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P9220065 Sunset by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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20180923_054856 by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

At San Francisco Farm they have records dating back several years showing the frequency of wildlife sightings on their activities:

 

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20180922_141827 by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

On the night drive, we saw another ocelot but this one was really well-hidden in thick bush:

 

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P9220102  Ocelot by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9220108 Ocelot by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

That was the only thing I photographed that night and as it was our last night it was a bit disappointing if I'm honest, I was doubly glad that we saw that ocelot in the tree on the first night, that one really had offered the very best viewing opportunity! 

 

ETA oops! I misremembered! We did have more luck on this night drive than I thought! Rechecking my photos, we also saw another Giant Anteater, some distance away in cover, before it got dark and then after dark we saw the mum Giant Anteater and baby again but more distant and I didn't get any decent shots! We also saw another burrowing owl.

 

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I just have a couple of photos to add of the sunset and those beautiful macaws.  

 

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We realized we also saw the Giant Anteater with baby again on the night drive, but neither of us got good photos.

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23 September 2018

 

We were moving on today. But not before a morning activity. 

 

I was up before breakfast having a wander around the ranch again. 

 

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P9230116 Sunrise by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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20180923_055909 by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

A flock of caracaras were foraging around the bins 

 

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P9230135 Southern Crested Caracara by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230142 Chaco Chacalaca by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230150 Southern Crested Caracara by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

I had some great views of a pair of woodcreepers

 

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P9230175 Narrow-billed Woodcreeper by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230232 Narrow-billed Woodcreeper by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

I remember seeing a photo of smooth-billed anis huddling together for warmth and thinking that would be a nice shot to get. Now was my chance!

 

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P9230205 A huddle of smooth-billed Anis by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230241 Rufescent Tiger Heron by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230244 Greyish Saltator by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230251 Greyish Saltator by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230264 by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

And of course my favourite birds were out in force again! 

 

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P9230276 Toco Toucan by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230278 Toco Toucan by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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Toco Toucan by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230301 Toco Toucan by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230315 adj copy Toco Toucan by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230356 Southern Crested Caracara by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Beautiful plush-crested jays were hard to ignore!

 

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P9230361 (2) Plush-crested Jay by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230370 (2) Plush-crested Jay by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230377 (2) Plush-crested Jay by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9230379 Scaled Dove by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

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We had a boat trip on the Rio Miranda. There wasn't a lot to see on the river to be honest but we had a bit of excitement on the way back as we drove along the dirt track. All of a sudden there was a lot of commotion amongst the guides and driver as they had spotted a large cat some distance away crossing our track "Jaguar! Jaguar!" came the call. They sped up in an effort to get to the right spot, but before we got there another quickly crossed the road and then another, larger one. It was a Jaguar mum and two cubs! By the time we got there the cats were long gone and so we'd only really caught a distant glimpse of one or two of them so it wasn't particularly satisfying.  

 

By the time I got back to the ranch I was getting more and more concerned at the state of my foot which by now was looking pretty awful. I showed it to Roberta who was a bit shocked and wondered if it might be a spider bite. She offered to send for a doctor but I figured as we'd be going to Cuiaba next if it looked like my toe was going to drop off by the time I got up tomorrow I'd ask Julio to take me to a doctor in town. In the interim I managed to get some ice on it and Jane kindly gave me some cream to medicate it. But I was really worried it might get infected. It took quite a while to get checked out and pay our dues, not that it mattered at all as we were only heading to the airport and had plenty of time before our flight. Eventually we said our goodbyes to Roberta and the team and were on our way to the North Pantanal and a reunion with an old friend :D. 

 

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P9230416 Red-rumped Cacique by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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20180923_160641 by Jo Dale, on Flickr

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We flew to Cuaiba and had an overnight at Slaviero Slim Cuiabá Aeroporto  . Whilst this is just a few hundred meters from the airport, as the crow flies, it's on the other side of a busy carriageway. They do offer a free courtesy shuttle but it took quite a while for us to find the right stand and then a longer time for the bus to arrive. We almost got a cab, except that the driver put us off by saying the bus stand wasn't far. It was rather late by the time we got checked in. 

 

 

 

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24th September 2018

 

After breakfast we assembled in reception and I was delighted to see my old friend Julio was waiting for us. Julinho Monteiro (Julio), has his own company, Pantanal Trackers, he's the sole owner,  Jaguar guide, driver, pilot , musician and pantaneiro (he's working on Ninja next).  I gave him a big hug and introduced the rest of the group and then we were on our way to get some shopping before heading to our next lodge. I was pleased to see he has upgraded his old steed to a shiny new model, a Toyota pickup but disappointed that he hadn't brought his guitar this time around, so unfortunately no karaoke to Bon jovi's greatest hits was on offer in the evenings this time around. I took the opportunity to stock up on half a pharmacy's worth of sprays, creams, plasters and ointments to try and sort out my manky foot. 

 

Then we stopped at a supermarket to pick up some water, soft drinks and wine for our stay at Porto Jofre. We didn't plan to head straight to Porto Jofre however as we planned to break up our journey with a night either end at Pouso Alegre which I had included because I'd heard great things about the mammalian possibilities there, particular Tapir and Giant Anteaters are seen often.  It is an 8,000 hectare traditional cattle farm at kilometre 33 of the Transpantaneira. The lodge can then be reached via a 6km driveway.   

 

This gave us firstly some time along the Transpanteneira road. There seemed to be less water than our last trip and many of the pools were dried up. Still there were a couple of pools that had attracted big flocks of storks and egrets. 

 

A lovely marsh deer family was the highlight of this drive. 

 

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P9240459 Marsh Deer Family by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9240457 Marsh Deer by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

On the entrance road to the lodge we encountered a few coatis

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P9240473 South American Coati by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9240477 South American Coati by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

The entrance road is really quite lovely with some beautiful Ipe trees

 

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20180929_121123 by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

A large Tegu was hanging around he lodge too:
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P9240486 Tegu by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

On arrival the lodge was quite busy, there was a large group of mostly American birders that were staying there.  We had a lovely buffet lunch and then Julio showed us a Great Potoo;

 

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P9240493 Great Potoo by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9240497 Great Potoo by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Yellow-rumped Caciques were building nests over a pond close to the lodge

 

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P9240506 Yellow-rumped Caciques by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Later that afternoon we took a drive down to a waterhole where we waited behind a screen in the hope that animals, particularly tapir would come down to drink. Well we didn't see a tapir. First we saw Red Brocket Deer and Agouti with a baby.

 

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P9240510  Red Brocket Deer by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9240546 Red Brocket Deer by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Crab eating foxes skulked along the treeline 

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P9240557 Crab-eating Fox by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Julio pointed out a distant Bat Falcon

 

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P9240524 (2) Bat Falcon by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

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So we didn't see a Tapir at the waterhole, but what should we see but another Giant Anteater! This one came to have a drink! 

 

Unfourtunately after this, the wind really started to pick up, the clouds rolled in and soon it was tipping down with rain so we had to retreat to the shelter of the truck. We waited a while, but the weather seemed set in so we took a drive back along the entrance road. When the rain finally eased off most of the light was gone. But we did still have some excitement when we spotted an armadillo. But this one immediately looked different to me, "Nine-banded!" I yelled as I leapt out of the car. Sadly it was that horrible light that's too light for a spotlight, but too dark for a decent shot without a flash so all I got was this blurry image (Might be an EMC contender I guess!):

 

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P9240575 Nine-banded Armadillo by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Anyway, I was still delighted to get yet another mammal lifer and our third species of armadillo!

 

After that it was time to head back to the lodge for dinner. Before dinner Julio can to tell us that a Giant Anteater was behind the dining room. Christa was already there when Jane and I arrived. The Anteater was totally unfazed by our presence, the mother  of this individual had been burned in the fire when she was younger, before she had a baby and the lodge helped nurse her back to health. Then she would come and visit from time to time. Later when she had a baby, she brought the baby to visit the lodge at times also. The anteater we saw was the baby grown up.  It was wonderful to see it so close. Soon a big crowd had gathered, but the anteater seemed non-plused by the attention. Here he is, giving Christa a good sniff!

 

 

 

I asked Julio if we could do a night drive after dinner and he enthusiastically agreed. Christa and Herbert declined to come along so we had more space in the car, which was most welcome. We had some great luck too! A lovely Tapir! 

 

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P9240603 Tapir by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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20180927_200725 by Jo Dale, on Flickr

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Before we went onto the Transpantiniera, as Jo mentioned we made a few stops. One was to what Julio called the "Cowboy store" where he needed to pick something up. I took a few photos of this unique sort of general store for the needs of cowboys and those who care for animals.

 

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This is Julio looking over the wares:

 

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At the grocery store where we stocked up on water, wine and other provisions, I found these cookies amusing - Scooby Doo and the gang are beloved cartoon characters here in the U.S. yet I've never seen cookies or other snacks with their likeness here. When I think about it, it's really missing an opportunity not to have those here - there is much talk in the cartoon show about "Scooby snacks!"

 

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The obligatory photo: officially entering the Transpantaniera:

 

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That cute deer family:

 

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and the Potoo

 

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At the waterhole at Pouso Alegre:

 

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and a few of the tapir, which I was very excited to see:

 

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The next day we moved on to our lodge at Porto Jofre, which was called Pousada Porto Jofre. Julio had not been able to get us rooms at the most famous lodging in the area, the Hotel Pantanal Norte. He said he liked this place better anyway and that it was more homey. 

 

Upon arrival, there were some Capybara out to greet us

 

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I liked the little planter wall and the dining room that had windows on three sides

 

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View towards the pool (and beyond this was the river)

 

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We got settled in and had lunch and met for our first trip on the river at about 1:30

 

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For some reason, having read so many trip reports about Porto Jofre before, I imagined the river to be narrower and was surprised at the vastness and width of it. Also I was surprised that it took quite a while to get from the area where most of the lodges were to the area where the jaguars were typically seen. About 30-40 minutes, as I recall. 

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It was not at all long after arriving in the prime jaguar-viewing area until we found our a jaguar.  It was lying down, not 'doing' much, but I didn't mind, and was thrilled to see my very first jaguar!  There was a vine that was hanging in the way of my shot but I did my best to work around it.

 

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My photos show that we stayed with this jaguar for about 25 minutes.  

 

Within about half an hour, we were with not one other jaguar, but two! These two were, I believe, young brothers.  They were also fairly placid, mostly resting or looking around, but it was a treat to see two of them together. 

 

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There was quite a crowd at almost every jaguar sighting:

 

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I wonder what the jaguars think of all the boats following them constantly like paparazzi?

 

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Eventually they both lay down again and were being lazily playful with each other:

 

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A couple of last looks at us:

 

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and we took our leave of them as we had to get back to the lodge before dark.  By this time, according to the time stamp on my camera, it was after 5 p.m. and, again according to my camera time stamps, we'd been with them for over an hour and forty-five minutes! I do not at all remember being with them that long, but then my memory is not what it once was and time flies when you're having fun!

 

Sunset on the way back:

 

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and finally, a quick stop for Capybaras -- I always wanted to stop for Capybaras.

 

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All in all, a very successful first afternoon!

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Jane has covered our first afternoon. It seems I pretty much only took photos of Jaguars! Well I hope people aren't tired of them already!

 

Our first lady:

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P9250681 (2) by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250696 (2) by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250697 (2) by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

The two brothers

 

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P9250918 Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250868 (2) Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250907 Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9251036 Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250814 (2) one of Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250783 (2) one of Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250790 (2) one of Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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one of Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9251081 one of Two young Jaguar brothers by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9250411 Our Guide, Julio by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

I was delighted to see Julio had a rather spiffy tattoo on his arm - a cartoon Jaguar. There is a story behind this! When we first came to Brazil, it was my birthday whilst we were out there. @BigBaldIan had bought me a lovely birthday card. On the front of which it had a picture of a sports car and the words "I wanted to buy you a Jaguar for your birthday" On the inside was this image of a grumpy-looking Jaguar with the words "But they smell, and they chew the furniture and they make a mess everywhere" (or words to that effect). Julio loved the image so much it became the logo for his business and in the time that I'd been away he'd also had his arm inked with the design too!  We'd obviously left quite the impression nine years ago! In fact Julio remembered a lot of detail about our trip, I couldn't quite believe it! 

 

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P9251050 Wood Storks by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

 

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26 September 2018

 

After an early breakfast we headed out on the river for a full day. There was a lot of bush fires and we passed through  some very smoky areas. Our first Jaguar was seen quite early on in one of these smoky areas. 

 

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P9261133 (3) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261138 (3) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261197 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261199 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261207 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Julio commented that she seemed to be quite underweight

 

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P9261213 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261217 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

We then came across a pack of Giant River Otters that were fishing and bonding in the river. It was a great privilege to watch them for such a long time, sharing their intimate moments with them.

 

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P9261217 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9260595 Giant River Otter by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9260613 Giant River Otter by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9260616 Giant River Otter by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261240 (2) Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261247 (2) Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261249 (2) Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261260 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261263 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261279 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261311 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261319 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Page 3 Otter Style:

 

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P9261327 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261328 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261346 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261347 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261348 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261368 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261376 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261391 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261400 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261411 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261419 Giant Otters by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

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Here is a video of the otter clan

 

 

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just read through all of this report. What an amazing experience seeing just about all the mammal species you could hope for, with multiple sightings, and so many different beautiful birds as well. 

South America is on our list of trips we would like to do and after reading this and seeing all the photos Brazil has definitely moved up on our list of must go places.

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I haven't gotten a chance to go through my photos from this day yet, but here's a couple of videos of the otters. The first one is of them mostly grooming:

 

 

and the second is of them more playing:

 

 

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I do have a few photos I can post of the otters. They are so cute and funny!

 

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the report just gets better and better

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Thanks! We next approached a crowd of boats all waiting expectantly for something to happen. A pair of Jauars had been mating in the open but had since retreated to a thicket. We did not have to wait long before we had our own fabulous sighting of the two amorous Jaguars!

 

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P9261449 (2) Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr  

 

The male approached the receptive female, grabbing her by the scruff of the neck.

 

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P9261496 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261497 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Initial copulation, but they were facing the wrong direction, please turn around!

 

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P9261509 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

That's much better!

 

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P9261532 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261533 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261536 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261550 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261565 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261578 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261601 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261602 (2) by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Mating in Jaguars seems quite a violent act. 

 

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P9261613 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261615 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261616 (2) Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Rolling on her back, the female says, "give it a rest for now!"

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P9261620 (2) Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261621 (2) Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

The male stays by her side for several days repeatedly mating whenever she is receptive. 

 

A compilation of burst shots shows another attempt!

 

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Jaguars Mating_Large by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

They then spent a bit of time apart. 

 

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P9261631 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261643 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261644 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261645 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261701 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261703 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261732 (2) Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Of course the female is not always receptive and she let's her partner know in no uncertain terms.

 

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P9261740 (2) Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261741 (2) Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261744 (2) Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261746 (2) Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261747 Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261748 Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261754 Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261756 Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261763 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261767 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261779 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261783 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261784 Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261785 Courting Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261792 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261805 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261813 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261821 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261837 Mating Jaguars by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

Mating is thirsty work

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P9261865 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261878 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

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P9261882 Jaguar by Jo Dale, on Flickr

 

 

 

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